The Climate Connection: Future News Worldwide Fund is a professional development opportunity grant, offered by our worldwide news partners to the alumni of our Future News Worldwide programme.

The fund was created this year to support vital climate change related professional journalism activities in communities around the world, and is designed to support initiatives focused on the eligible Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) countries and states.

As one of the largest networks of young journalists globally, Future News Worldwide offers a unique platform for media professionals starting their career. Alumni were invited to apply at the beginning of the year for a grant of up to £3,000. After careful review and selection, we chose to fund 15 projects around the world. 

 We are delighted to showcase the outputs of our talented alumni now. From a mini-documentary in Ghana about tackling climate change during the pandemic, to a podcast in Ukraine looking at the overlooked environmental crisis there, all the projects focus on pressing environmental issues that cannot be ignored. We know that clear and accurate reporting is vital in today’s media world. Young journalists, vloggers and writers are uniquely placed to bring these stories to light.

You can find more information below about each of the projects we selected:

Akriti Manandhar - Nepal (2019 Alum)

Inclusive entrepreneurship of sustainable products in Nepal

Akriti's project highlights sustainable Nepali products by local women entrepreneurs, which address climate change issues. Women use locally available raw materials and gain financial independence through these products, which is a part of Nepali culture. It showcases local solutions and hopefully provides a bigger market for these artisans.

Visit the project

Amanda Haydar, Lebanon (2020 Alum); Ankith Sagar, India (2020 Alum); Cai Holroyd, Australia (2020 Alum); Isabelle Schulz, Northern Ireland (2020 Alum); Shauna Bannon Ward, Ireland (2020 Alum); Dhanista Sitdhesa-nguanpun, Thailand (2020 Alum)

The Climate Investigation Podcast series

The Climate Investigation is an educational Podcast series demystifying COP26, Climate activism, and other environmental issues. The podcast series of 6-10 episodes will be released after COP26 as a follow up. Some of the team will meet in Ireland to develop, edit and publish the podcast. Watch this space! 

Anna Romandash, Ukraine (2018 Alum)

Eco-talk Podcast

Anna's project is a podcast about the tragic and overlooked environmental crisis in Ukraine, where wastelands are now the size of European capitals. The podcast is in Ukrainian, and guests discuss pressing issues and learn how these are being solved by young and inspiring leaders in the region.

The podcast episodes will be published in Spring 2022.

Artem Novikov, Ukraine (2019 Alum)

Media Internship: Ecoloperation 

This is a media internship which allowed Artem to join the team at the Youth Resource Center (YRC), a media hub and platform for young people from all over Ukraine to prepare future generations for the impacts of climate change. During the internship at YRC, Artem covered topics related to new technological innovations in the field of environmental engagement. A number of stories have been published to inform the audience in the region about everything from  explanations of environmental terms, local eco-organizations, and new reclycling rules.

Read more on their Instagram and Facebook (in local language).

Bernard Kankhono, Malawi (2020 Alum)

Media Internship: Lens on Climate Change

Lens on climate change is is a media internship with the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation MBC. Bernard has been working as an intern news reporter / news producer.

The project's main goal is to create a positive agenda for people who are working hard to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Bernard has contributed to feature stories during prime news on TV and Radio, MBC online, and on a current affairs program called Beyond the Headlines on MBC Tv. The internship has covered tasks including: collecting stories from reporters, preparing TV news scripts, formulating a news running-order, and liaising with the central controlling center for broadcasting to insure that the right visuals have been selected for the news bulletin.

Visit Bernard's YouTube for more information.

Budoor Alobaid, Iraq (2019 Alum)

Film: The Marshes of Iraq: The impact of climate change.

The Iraqi Marshes are a rare biodiversity environment, distinct from any other in the world, and exposed to real threats such as climate change, water pollution apnd over-fishing. Preserving it is our responsibility. The Iraqi Marshes were the largest wetland ecosystem in Western Eurasia, representing a rare water landscape in the desert and providing a natural habitat for important sectors of wildlife. This is an ecosystem that contributed greatly to the biodiversity of the environment. In the fourth millennium BC, the ancient Sumerians established some of the great foundations of human civilization in the Marshes.

The film presents the climatic problems in the region through interviews with local people and environmental experts.

Watch the preview of the documentary.

Eric Kafui Okyerefo, Ghana (2017 Alum)

Film: Climate Change Soldiers

Climate Change Soldiers is a mini-documentary highlighting the work of two youth-led social enterprises in Ghana. The film tracks how the organisations are tackling climate change amid the global pandemic, how they fund their work and how their work provides a source of livelihood for low income populations especially women and girls. 

Watch the documentary.

Fatou Ellika Muloshi, Gambia (2020 Alum)

Video Series: The vulnerability of ecosystems and climate impacts: The Gambia in focus

Ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. The report series focusses on the capital city Banjul which is highly vulnerable to climate change and among the cities most likely to disappear by 2100. In 2002, the government of the Gambia spent 200million Dalasi to replenish the coastline. A vast majority of women depend on the estuary around the island of Banjul for their livelihood and records show how their livelihoods have been removed by the impacts of climate change. The reports drive a holistic understanding of:

  • Why global action is necessary to combat climate change
  • The adaptations that the people depending on the ecosystems have resorted or are likely to resort to

Watch the videos.

Hazel Marimbiza, Zimbabwe (2019 Alum)

Feature Stories: The impact of climate change on rural women farmers around Zimbabwe

This project consisted of a series of feature stories published in Zimbabwe's local newspapers about how climate change affects rural women farmers and outlines possible solutions to help women’s livelihoods in the face of climate change.

So far, seven feature stories have been published, in Zimbabwe's Chronicle Newspaper and Sunday News. Rural women in areas such as Plumtree, Binga, Honde Valley, Matopo and Buhera are asked about the effects of climate change. Several organisations were also interviewed about how they assist  women to combat these effects.

Read the feature stories:

Ika Yuliana, Indonesia (2018 Alumni)

Documentary: Terracotta News Room

A collaboration project between young journalists and visual researchers initiated by Kantor Berita Terrakota (Terracotta NewsRoom) based in Jatiwangi, Indonesia, highlights local community issues related to development, ecology, and economy. 'Start From' covers the Terracotta City idea, a new model of sustainable and inclusive development where art enables the community to actively participate in public policy formulation as well as the economy, ecology, and cultural development. This project facilitates a journalism workshop and a video documentary series created by local young people, allowing them to broadcast to a global audience.

Watch the documentary.

Maria Claudia Souza Batista, Brazil (2020 Alum)

Radio Reports: Amazonia: The Consequences of Illegal Fires

The Amazonia project is about how important the Amazon is to people who live within the forest. The reports focuses on their daily routine, how they survive and the huge impact of illegal fires. Maria travelled to Acre, a state in Brazil - bordering on the forest. There, she interviewed more than 30 people, including men and women from extractive community and the indigenous village. Five reports look at different angles: the life of people who live in the Amazon, the presence of women who are preserving the forest, the impact of illegal fires on their lives and health, and the geopolitical impact of deforestation.

Check back here soon to view the reports.

Nuaman Ishfaq Mughal, Pakistan (2017 Alum)

Gender Mainstreaming and Climate Change in Pakistan

Nuaman was involved in several activities such as the COP26 Essay Writing Competition, workshops on Climate Change, Reporting for journalists and environmental activists, the Climate Action Hike, a personal capacity-building internship for climate change reporting, and creating digital Media videos on COP26 themes and goals in the Urdu language - about developng climate change adaptation and nature preservation in Pakistan.

Learn more on Nuaman's YouTube channel and Facebook and the below reports:

Sanika Tamhane, India (2020 Alum)

Report and Photo Story: Saving the Mithi and the Mutha

This project aims to create awareness about two rivers—the Mithi and the Mutha—and their deteriorating ecosystems.

Sanika reported on the often-ignored factors responsible for the systemic destruction of the water bodies, combining insights from some of India’s most prominent environmentalists and community leaders devoted to rescuing the two rivers. The report delves into the plight of the people dwelling on the banks of these rivers. Most importantly, the project brings the Mithi and the Mutha back into public consciousness in the hope of ending their decades-long abuse.

Sathesh Raj V Periasamey, Malaysia (2017 Alum)

Data Journalism: Peaks of Paradise: Slowly depleting forests in Malaysia

"Peaks of Paradise: Slowly depleting forests in Malaysia" is a data journalism and visualisation project that attempts to uncover the story of the state of Malaysian forests using environmental data and through data illustration/visualization means. 

Follow Sathesh's Twitter to learn more.

Yael Berman Szaniecki, Brazil (2018 Alum); Victória Rodrigues Martins, Brasil (2020 Alum)

Mentoring and Funding for Young Indigenous Journalists: Vozes da Floresta (Voices from the Forest)

Vozes da Floresta is a project that has supported young indigenous communicators to investigate how the major debates about the environment and climate change happening at COP26 are impacting on their own regions and lives. The four indigenous communicators who were selected for the project have been working on their stories for the past three months, as well as taking part in mentorships with professional journalists and leaders in the environment/climate change field. Follow their Instagram and Twitter to learn more.