Talking Shop: Climate Coverage and Racial Justice

Attention Journalists: Join us on June 11 for a CCNow Talking Shop webinar about the critical connections between systemic racism and the climate crisis.

On Thursday, June 11 at 5:00 pm ET, Covering Climate Now will host our next “Talking Shop” webinar to discuss how newsrooms can incorporate racial and environmental justice framing in their coverage of the climate crisis and its solutions.

CCNow welcomes Varshini Prakash, the 27-year-old co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, which has been instrumental in pushing the idea of an intersectional Green New Deal onto the public agenda. Prakash will explain why so many young climate activists see the fights for climate action and racial justice as indivisible, and how this perspective could be reflected in news coverage. We’ll also hear from stellar journalistic colleagues about how they and their newsrooms have grappled with these issues. Along with Prakash, they’ll discuss under-covered stories that need telling, how to know when justice issues are part of a given climate story, and how to convince editors and executives these stories matter.

As always in our “Talking Shop” series, collegial Q&A will occupy most of the hour. The session is by and for journalists, and you or your news outlet do NOT have to be CCNow members to participate.


Mark Herstgaard, CCNow’s executive director and the environment correspondent for The Nation, will moderate.

DATE/TIME via Zoom: Thursday, June 11, 2020, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, U.S. Eastern Time. Following the webinar, a recording will be posted at

RSVP: Please reserve your space here. Feel free to share this invite with other journalists—but journalists only, please. You can submit your questions ahead of time when you RSVP or during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

QUESTIONS: Please email Symone Moore:

* See our new Climate Justice Reporting Guide for ways you might consider covering climate change as a fundamental matter of racial, economic and environmental justice.