Yale Climate Media Forum (06/08 Update)

Thank you for visiting The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media website!

We’re extremely pleased to announce a generous multi-year gift from The Grantham Foundation for Protection of the Environment to support this site and related journalism training programs The Yale Forum plans to undertake in coming months.

Established in 1997 by Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham, the Grantham Foundation says it “seeks to bring about a higher level of awareness of environmental issues” and to seek practical solutions.

“We want to understand the interests of the many stakeholders and draw them into the process of thinking that a viable natural environment benefits all,” the Foundation says. “We want to understand accurately, and we want the general public to understand” environmental risks and ways to manage and reduce them.

With goals like that, it’s no surprise that the Granthams have a demonstrated commitment to outstanding journalism as a way of improving public understanding. We’re thrilled that they’ve made The Yale Forum a part of their plans.

For the past three years, the Grantham Foundation has funded the Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment.* With its $75,000 top prize – and up to three “awards of special merit” paying $5,000 each – the Grantham Prize sends a strong signal of the importance and value of outstanding journalism on environment and natural resource issues.

Some of the entrants for that Prize over its first three years – and some of the award-winning works – involve climate change, either directly or indirectly. Other entries and other winners have nothing at all to do with climate change. The common element tying the Grantham Foundation’s support for that prize and for this online publication is not climate change, but outstanding journalism on important environmental issues.

Along with a generous two-year grant from a committed Yale University alumnus, the Grantham Foundation’s support will help move this site beyond its early and formative months to a period of more secure and longer-term planning.

We’re expanding our network of regular contributors, along with the scope and depth of our editorial coverage. Work also is under way to revamp this web site, hopefully to make it more functional and attractive. These are among the enhancements you’ll see over the next few months.

These are fascinating times in the nation’s and the world’s efforts to address the “generational issue” of anthropogenic climate change, increasingly recognized as among the preeminent economic and environmental challenges facing modern society.

The extraordinary changing face of “the media” in light of ownership consolidation, shrinking of news staffs, loss of advertising revenues and readers and viewers, a slowing economy, and uncertainties over the near- and long-term impact of the digital revolution … these and still more add to the need for outstanding journalism on climate change. How else can our citizens come to fully appreciate both the challenges and the opportunities our generation and those to follow will encounter in a changing climate?

We’re grateful to the Granthams for their show of confidence and support. We’ll do our best to meet – no, exceed – their expectations.

Bud Ward, Editor

Bud Ward

Bud Ward is editor of Yale Climate Connections. (E-mail: bud@yaleclimateconnections.org).
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