homo ecos: invites all students of journalism, PR, new media and environmental science – as well as all other interested parties – to the practical seminar “Climate Change - how to talk about it and how to interest society?”. The goal of the seminar is to offer young communication specialists the knowledge and skills needed to better communicate about climate change and its effects on Latvia and the world. The seminar takes place on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November from 9:30 to 17:00 at Kalnciema Quarter, Riga.
On the first seminar day, Norwegian and Latvian experts will engage participants in discussions about questions such as:
- why is climate change an important current issue for everyone?
- will climate change happen some time in the distant future, or is it closer than we think?
- what are the prospects for Latvian?
- what should society know about climate change?
Further, participants will be shown concrete examples of interesting and creative ways to talk about climate change issues. They will go home with a small homework assignment for the next day.
The second day of the seminar will be devoted to more practical work. During the first half of the day, experts will share their experiences in film-making, information gathering methods, as well as the role of experts from NGOs in promoting social change.
In the afternoon, participants will split up into working groups, supervised by experts, where they can create articles or story concepts about climate change topics which they can use in future communications – specifically taking into account the fact that the next major Climate Summit (COP21) will take place in December 2015.
The following experts will share their knowledge and experience:
- John Crump - expert for the Norwegian environmental NGO GRID-Arendal, specialized in Arctic, Aboriginal and indigenous issues. Crump also taught courses in journalism, public administration and geography at Yukon College, Carleton University (Canada) and the University of Trier (Germany).
- Kieran Cooke – expert for GRID-Arendal (Norway), correspondent for the BBC and the Financial Times, former UN press secretary in New York. Cooke has trained journalists around the world for the United Nations Environmental Programme.
- Sandra Kropa – journalist who presented the science show “Zināmais nezināmajā” on Latvijas Radio 1 for more than 10 years. Kropa received the prestigious “European Astronomy Journalism Prize” in 2013.
- Kristīne Garklāva – LNT newsreader, journalist and co-author of the project “Melnais stārķis. Dzīvības lidojums” (“Black stork. Live flight”).
- Madara Peipiņa - expert in social participation, former employee of NGO “homo ecos:” and ex-volunteer for the international organisation against climate change “350 Aoreaora” in New Zealand.
Participation in the seminar is free of charge. The seminar will take place in English.
The number of places available in the seminar is limited, so please register by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org before 28 October 2015 (mention your full name, whether you are a student (if no, please mention your profession), educational institution, field of study). Participants will receive the full seminar programme after registration.