PACJA Calls Journalists to Apply for ACCER 2022 Awards

By MaryAnne Musilo

The Pan African climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has today launched the 7th edition of African Climate Change Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards 2022 whose theme is to drive and shape the African narratives that ultimately influence the 27th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change set to be held in Egypt in November 2022.

First launched in 2013, the ACCER Awards has continued to gain interests among a growing number of participating journalists but also organizations that have continued to sign up for partnering for the noble cause of raising interest in climate change and environmental reporting and elevate issues around the climate crisis in the continent and global news platforms.

The ACCER awards acknowledges African journalists who dedicate their time and resources chasing stories and highlighting critical environmental issues that help to bring out the plight of the poor and the marginalized in battling various aspects of climate related impacts, highlight national policy interventions in addressing environmental issues and innovate solutions and lessons learnt in the overall global discourses and interventions.

The PACJA urges the media to pay focus on the climate changes and prevent environmental degradation. Media coverage of climate change has been and remains a significant factor in shaping public perceptions and attitude toward the issue.

Speaking during the event PACJA, executive director, Dr. Mithika Mwenda said that their main objective is to create societal conditions that allow communities in Africa to realize their human rights and live in a healthy and sustainable environment within the context of the climate crisis.

“Enabling African countries to have access to climate finance for adaptation, loss and damage, technological transfer and mitigation is also our objective.” Dr. Mithika Further stated.

The 2022 ACCER awards contest theme “The role of media in shaping African narratives towards cop 27 and beyond” will guide participants’ entries and awards.

“Thanks for the ACCER Awards, the African reporters continue to demonstrate expanded understanding of the concept of what climate justice is with journalists who have come in handy to help tell the African narratives as espoused by the African civil society organizations,” said Mithika.

Given that the COP27 holds on the African soil, the 2022 ACCER Awards is geared towards ensuring Africa’s climate story is told, highlighting the areas unseen by the rest of the world, and which determines how interventions are designed and delivered besides enhancing proactive media participation in African Climate Change discourses with a view of shaping perspectives and narratives

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