Formations 2013


Training of journalists to create climate change awareness


This programme will involve four freelance writers each from the three south-Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to write and publish twelve articles altogether on aspects related to climate justice each year. The articles will be published in the local language newspapers (shorter version) and magazines (original article of 3000 words or according to the requirement of the magazine). They will also be compiled in a book form and made available on the website in the local languages.

Topics covered will include: the significance of climate justice driven adaptation programmes; impact of climate change on poor communities; importance of millets cultivation in the context of climate change where wheat and rice crops will be adversely effected; urgency of a regional food distribution system to support local farmers and ensure nutritious and quality food grains to the poor communities; importance of diversifying the food basket; adaptation strategies in agriculture using seeds proven to be more climate resilient; alternative energy like gobar gas, solar, micro-hydel projects and smokeless stoves (chulas) to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases; highlighting the importance of afforestation and trees as carbon sinks; exploring how schemes like NREGA could contribute to climate justice by supporting mitigation and adaptation activities beneficial to dalits and adivasis; creating awareness on the implications of climate change in India and suggesting concrete actions; following the international negotiations like meetings of the Conference of Parties (CoP) and monitoring the official Indian positions.


To motivate more journalists to cover environmental issues.


Timeline for a year:

Initial 3 day workshop: April
Writing of the 3000 words monograph or three articles on a selected theme: May – October
Submission of the monograph/articles: End October
Publication of the article/s in the local languages newspapers and magazines: Nov to Jan
Publication of the compilation in book form on the website: February
National conference: March

Target group



On-campus education and on-line.


Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil


One year, both on campus and on the field writing articles.


About 1000 euro. Fees are applicable.

Institution responsable:

Pipal Tree, Bangalore, India.


Mr. Siddhartha.
+91 80 28432725
Pipal Tree, Dinnepalya,
Kagalipura P.O., Bangalore-560082 - India

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