As the climate emergency intensifies worldwide, the line between reporting and campaigning needs to be redefined.
With the ravaging fire in the Amazon rainforest on one hand and thousands of planned walkouts from jobs and schools worldwide ahead of the UN Climate Change Summit on the other, the pressure is mounting from all sides to tackle the climate crisis. What is the line between campaigning and reporting? How have news media changed their coverage and tactics in recent years? GEN spoke with Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of The Guardian, who helped launch the 2015 “Keep it in the Ground” campaign for fossil fuel divestment. He is hopeful about the role of news media in addressing the climate crisis and shares some tips of his own.