Earth Journalism Network – Virtual Media Workshop on Net Zero in Africa 2024

Application ends: July 23, 2024
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Job Description

EJN is hosting a virtual media workshop on August 20, 21 and 22 for journalists in Africa interested in reporting on net zero.   


The journey to net zero requires a pivotal shift away from fossil fuels and traditional polluters towards a more carbon-neutral way of living. Africa is a continent home to an abundance of sun, sea, and wind; its renewable energy potential is vast.   This reality provides a blueprint of hope for mitigating climate change and climate injustice—but also raises many questions: Who is and should be funding net zero initiatives and is how are these money flows tracked? How does the power dynamic between the Global North and the Global South shape narratives and realities? Which countries are paving the way as leaders in renewable energy, and which are falling behind?  To help answer these questions, EJN’s Pathways to Net Zero project aims to build capacity and deepen journalists’ understanding of net zero—including the potential for green growth and social transformation and the barriers that are inhibiting its potential.  With support from the European Climate Foundation, EJN is pleased to announce a virtual media workshop on net zero for up to 40 journalists from Africa this August. 

The workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the net zero target, including its history, pathways to achieve it, key terminology and why it is an essential topic for every climate and environmental journalist to be covering. Over the course of three days, participants will have the opportunity to strengthen their thematic and technical understanding of Africa’s energy landscape, from net zero finance and policy measures to an analysis of different African nations’ energy mix.  Participants will also hear from thematic experts and fellow journalists on the successes and challenges at regional and country levels as well as the dynamics of global conversations and negotiations. The workshop will discuss topics relevant for Africa as a continent but will spotlight examples and case studies from different African regions and contexts.  The final agenda of the workshop will be shared with selected participants in August.  

Eligibility  Applicants can be from any country in Africa; applicants from South Africa, Nigeria, and Algeria, and Morocco are particularly encouraged to apply.