Climate change is one of the most important issues on the global
political and economic agenda, African citizens are slightest
responsible for climate change and will be among the most affected
because of they are poorly informed about the issue.
Africa faces many challenges which are currently unresolved such as
climate change, poverty, droughts and the lack of peace in a few
countries. In addition, Africa is still suffering from the side
effects of the above dilemmas and needs desperately to move on – but her weak activities attract the attention of well-wishers globally.
The ongoing floods, droughts and other climate change impacts continue to fall disproportionately on the world caused Africa to be the most poorest and vulnerable continent.
The serious media coverage and the public awareness campaigns
currently exist in much of the industrialized world have been for the
most part absent in African continent. African Journalists need access
to information and knowledge on the issue that is credible and
specific to their own perspectives.
Obviously, the last four years the African journalists profited small
trainings based on science, agriculture, environment and climate
change topics and made tremendous impact caused the formation of more than five African science, environment and climate change journalists organizations including the African Federation of Environmental Journalists (AFEJ) though their kind of reportage is very weak due to lack of adequate workshops and dialogues.
On Friday night January 20 2012, AFEJ secretary general met at least 15 environmental journalists from different countries with different media outlets such as; Zambia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Cameron, Malawi, Nigeria, and Senegal and Gabon who were attending an Africa adaptation programme for media capacity building project of climate change journalism workshop that was held in Nairobi, Kenya.
The vice president of AFEJ Mrs Ama Kudom-Agyemang along with an executive committee member of AFEJ Mr. Emmanuel Muwamba and heads Malawian environmental journalists association invited Mr. Daud to come and meet with his continental colleagues on behalf of AFEJ both were among the workshop participants.
The Secretary General of the African Federation of Environmental
Journalists (AFEJ) Mr. Daud Abdi Daud addressed the journalists
together and said “I am optimistic that we should meet the challenges faced by our people and you know that our people and governments are discussing the risks and possible courses of action by climate change so we need to be well attractive”.
“You need to be aware that the overall objectives of AFEJ is to assess
public understanding of climate change and identify how you environ
journalists could most excellent support your peoples’’ response to
climate change”. Mr. Daud added
The multi-lateral meeting among AFEJ leaders and other African
environmental journalists was took place at Jacaranda hotel in
The African Federation of Environmental Journalists (AFEJ) is
continuing to grow and now is leading near by 30 national
environmental journalists’ in across African continent. It has also
four regional branches. For more details go to: http://www.afejnews.org