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Journalism, the fourth pillar of democracy. Turning, crinkling, scrolling, pressing play. A place for discourse, for common understanding. A place for informing, for revealing. For accountability. For provoking change. Is it doing this now, for the climate? Is journalism helping our planet? Is it using the right words, telling the right facts, reaching its intended audiences?
In this GLF Live, two foundational leaders of environmental journalism – former environment editor of The Guardian John Vidal and proliferous writer and advocate Bill McKibben – joined in conversation as part of the Storytelling Track of the GLF Bonn 2020 digital conference.
Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.Henry Anatole Grunwald
Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. In 1988 he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming. He is a co-founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world. Find out more about Bill McKibben and his work here.
John Vidal was environment editor of The Guardian for 27 years, during which time he reported from over 100 countries and got himself arrested, detained or expelled from quite a few. He is the author of McLibel, Burger Culture on Trial and has contributed to books on water, land, war and climate. He is presently writing about biodiversity and disease.
- 350.org, the climate campaign organization led by McKibben
- One Crisis Doesn’t Stop Because Another Starts, an article by McKibben
- Sign up for Bill McKibben’s climate crisis newsletter for The New Yorker
- ‘Tip of the iceberg’: is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19?, an article by Vidal
- Teargas, trees and oil: my life in the greatest job on earth, an article by Vidal at the time of his retirement from The Guardian
- McLibel, Burger Culture on Trial, a book by Vidal