>>>MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
ACROSS THE NATION INCLUDING SOME RIGHT HERE IN THE PIONEER VALLEY
AND BERKSHIRES, WILL BE SENDING A MESSAGE TO WASHINGTON,
DEMANDING LAWMAKERS TO ACT ON WHAT THEY CALL A CLIMATE CRISIS.
STUDENTS FROM WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS WILL BE HEADING TO
BOSTON TOMORROW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLIMATE STRIKE.
THERE ARE SISTER CITIES PARTICIPATING, INCLUDING
NORTHAMPTON AND ACROSS THE GLOBE.
ACCORDING TO NATIONAL ORGANIZERS, THEY’RE CALLING FOR
AN END TO THE USE OF FOSSIL FUELS.
>>>THE BIRTH OF ROYAL BABY ARCHIE TO PRINCE HARRY AND
DUCHESS MEGAN MARKLE HAD MORE COVERAGE IN A WEEK THAN CLIMATE
CHANGE HAD IN AN ENTIRE YEAR ON SOME NEWS OUTLETS, AND SOME
THINK THAT’S A BIT OFF. SO COVERING CLIMATE NOW WAS
LAUNCHED. IT’S A GLOBAL COLLABORATION OF
MORE THAN 250 NEWS OUTLET’S INCLUDING THE DAILY HAMP SHISH
GAZETTE, MEANT TO INCREASE REPORTING ON CLIMATE CHANGE.
>>I WAS ON TWITTER LATE AT NIGHT AS JOURNALISTS ARE WANT TO
DO, I STUMBLED ACROSS A TWEET THAT THEY WERE PUTTING TOGETHER
THIS INITIATIVE TO INCREASE COVERAGE OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS,
BECAUSE THE MEDIA HASN’T DONE ENOUGH TO REPORT ON THIS URGENT
CRISIS. I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT IDEA.
I SEPTEMBER IT IN A MESSAGE TO OUR EDITOR, AND SHE IMMEDIATELY
JUMPED ON IT AND SAID THIS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO BE DOING,
IT’S OBVIOUSLY AFFECTING OUR AREA AS WELL AS EVERY OTHER
PLACE ON PLANET EARTH. AND IT WAS SOMETHING WE WANTED
TO PUT A FOCUS ON.>>YOU’RE SORT OF A LITTLE OVER
HALFWAY THROUGH THIS COVERAGE. YOU’VE COVERED A LOT OF
DIFFERENT TOPICS, A RANGE OF COMMUNITIES.
ONE OF THE THINGS YOU LOOKED AT, GRETA, WAS HOW YOUTH HAVE TAKEN
THIS UP AS SOMETHING THEY WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN.
ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU ASKED THEM WAS DO THEY WORRY
ABOUT THEIR FUTURE. WHAT DID YOU HEAR FROM KIDS?
>>YES. SO I HEARD A LOT OF WORRY.
FROM KIDS ABOUT THEIR FUTURE. QUESTIONING IF THEY WANT TO HAVE
CHILDREN, THINKING A LOT MORE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT AND WHAT
THEY CAN DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, AS OPPOSED TO THEIR
LONG-TERM FUTURE, WHICH WAS PRETTY SCARY.
>>ANOTHER THING THAT YOU SPOKE WITH THEM ABOUT IS THE FACT THAT
THEY’RE ALL BANNING TOGETHER FOR THIS FRIDAY STRIKE, WHICH IS
HAPPENING NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES BUT THE WORLD OVER,
INSPIRED BY GRETA THUNBERG FROM SWEDEN, SHE’S RECENTLY COME TO
THE UNITED STATES TO RAISE THE ALARM HERE AS WELL.
WHAT ACTIONS DO THESE STUDENTS WANT AS THEY HEAD TO BOSTON ON
FRIDAY AND HAVE OTHER EVENTS THAT SORT OF MIRROR THAT ACROSS
THE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS AREA?>>YES.
SO A BUNCH OF STUDENTS FROM WESTERN MASS ARE GOING TO BOSTON
FOR THE MAIN CLIMATE STRIKE THERE.
AND SKIPPING SCHOOL, WHICH IS SORT OF THE POINT OF THE STRIKE,
LIKE THEY’D RATHER SKIP SCHOOL AND STRIKE THAN SIT IN SCHOOL
AND DO NOTHING IS HOW THEY SEE IT.
>>AND THEY’VE BEEN VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THE FACT THAT
THEY’RE NOT JUST QUITTING SCHOOL FOR THE SAKE OF IT, BECAUSE SOME
TEACHERS COULD THINK THERE ARE MANY CLEVER WAYS TO SKIP SCHOOL.
>>WHEN YOU TALK TO THEM, I COULD SEE HOW YOU WOULD THINK
THAT HEARING THE IDEA. BUT WHEN YOU TALK TO THEM YOU
SEE THAT IT’S REALLY NOT ABOUT A WAY TO GET OUT OF SCHOOL, THAT
THEY ARE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND WORRIED ABOUT
THEIR FUTURE. THERE’S ALSO SOME ACTIONS GOING
ON LOCALLY IN NORTH HAMPDEN. BUT THE MAIN THING THEY WANT IS
JUST FOR POLITICIANS AND MORE ADULTS TO TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY
AND TO LISTEN TO THEIR MESSAGE. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THEY
REALLY SUPPORT IS A GREEN NEW DEAL SPECIFICALLY.
>>DUSTY, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU’VE LOOKED AT IS WHO STANDS
OUT IN THE REGION AS SOMEONE, AS A COMMUNITY THAT’S REALLY
LEADING THE WAY WHEN IT COMES TO GREEN INITIATIVES, AND HOLE WOKE
POPPED UP TO THE TOP OF THE RADAR.
>>THERE’S SO MUCH GOING ON IN HOLE WOKE.
FOR STARTERS, AFTER HURRICANE MARIA DEVASTATED PUERTO RICO,
THE CITY WELCOMES 2,000 PLUS FAMILIES INCLUDING SOMETHING
LIKE 240 ODD KIDS INTO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, WITH OPEN ARMS,
OBVIOUSLY THAT’S THE BROTHERS, SISTERS, PARENTS, FRIENDS, OTHER
FAMILY MEMBERS OF A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN HOLE WOKE, OF
COURSE HAS A LARGE PUERTO RICON POPULATION.
THEY ARE RECOGNIZING HOW MUNICIPALITIES DEAL WITH
ABSORBING DISPLACED PEOPLE, AND AS CLIMATE CHANGE GETS WORSE AND
WORSE, EXPERTS PREDICTED THAT STORMS LIKE HURRICANE MARIA AS
WELL AS DROUGHT AND OTHER THINGS ARE GOING TO MAKE CONDITIONS
WORSE FOR SOME PEOPLE IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE GLOBE, AND THERE’S
GOING TO BE MORE DISPLACED PEOPLE BECAUSE OF CLIMATE
CHANGE. SO THEY HAVE UNDER TAKEN A STUDY
TOGETHER WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE LOOKING AT, AND IT’S SET
TO BE RELEASED IN OCTOBER, LOOKING AT HOW MUNICIPALITIES
ADDRESS THE INFLUX OF PEOPLE AS A RESULT OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
BUT OF COURSE THERE’S ALL SORTS OF OTHER THINGS, THE
INFRASTRUCTURE IN HOLE WOKE IS FASCINATING, THEY HAVE SOME OF
THE LOWEST ELECTRICITY RATES IN THE STATE BECAUSE OF THE CANALS
THAT RUN THROUGH THE CITY. SO THEY ALSO HAVE A PUBLICLY
OWNED GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY, WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO REALLY PUSH
HEAD ON INTO MAKING SURE THAT THEIR ENERGY SYSTEM IS CARBON
AND GREENHOUSE GAS-FREE.>>THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS YOU
POINTED OUT IN YOUR REPORTING IS THAT HOLYOKE IS A VERY
INTERESTING COUNTERPOINT TO HOW THAT CITY BEGAN AND THE WAY THAT
IT INITIALLY PUT ITSELF ON THE MAP IN THE INDUSTRIAL
REVOLUTION, AND HERE THEY ARE IN 2019 TRYING TO LEAD THE WAY IN
GREEN INITIATIVES.>>YES, IT’S FASCINATING.
THIS IS A CITY THAT AT ONE POINT PRODUCED 90% OF ALL THE PAPER IN
THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, IT WAS AN INDUSTRIAL POWER HOUSE,
ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE FACT THAT IT WAS SMALLER THAN SOME OTHER
INDUSTRIAL CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
AND OBVIOUSLY THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION HAD A LOT TO DO WITH
WHY WE’RE IN THIS CLIMATE CRISIS NOW.
THE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS THAT WE ALL SEE, AND OUR ECONOMY
NEEDS SERIOUSLY CHANGED. THE U. N. PANEL ON CLIMATE
CHANGE SAYS THAT WE NEED CHANGE THE LIKES OF WHICH HAVEN’T BEEN
SEEN IN HISTORY YET, RIGHT. SO IT’S INTERESTING THAT
HOLYOKE, A CITY THAT GROWS UP BECAUSE OF THE INDUSTRIAL
REVOLUTION AND BECAUSE OF THE INDUSTRY IN THAT CITY IS NOW
TAKING A LEAD ON HELPING TO ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE PROBLEMS
THAT THAT CREATED.>>YOU’VE SPOKEN ABOUT THIS
SEVERAL TIMES, THAT’S HOW THE PAPER IS REPORTING IT AS WELL,
BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO DON’T BELIEVE THAT
THIS IS A CRISIS. AND GRETA, YOU TOUCH ON THIS IN
AN OP ED, WHICH IS RARE FOR A JOURNALIST TO DO.
YOU SPOKE ABOUT THIS IDEA THAT YOU TAKE ISSUE WITH LANGUAGE
AROUND PART OF THAT, AND SPECIFICALLY THE WORD BELIEVE.
WHAT’S BEHIND THAT?>>YES.
I DECIDED TO WRITE AN OP ED, WHICH IS A LITTLE BIT STRANGE,
I’VE NEVER DONE THAT BEFORE FOR THE NEWSPAPER, BUT I FELT IT WAS
RELATED TO OUR COVERAGE AND ALSO RELATED TO MY PROFESSION AS A
JOURNALIST, IT’S ABOUT WORDS AND HOW TO PRESENT, LIKE YOU SAID,
NOT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS CLIMATE CHANGE.
WHICH IS WHAT I WAS WRITING ABOUT, HOW I FIND IT FRUSTRATING
WHEN MOSTLY WHEN NEWS OUTLETS OR JOURNALISTS SAY SO AND SO
DOESN’T BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE, BECAUSE TO ME —
>>THE PRESIDENT AMONG THEM.>>YES, EXACTLY.
I FIND THAT FRUSTRATING BECAUSE IT’S A SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN
CONCEPT. VAST MAJORITY OF SCIENTISTS SAY
THAT IT’S HAPPENING. BELIEVE IN IT TO ME IS JUST SORT
OF REENFORCES THAT IT MIGHT NOT BE TRUE, DOESN’T MAKE A LOT OF
SENSE TO SAY THAT. AND I THINK IT’S BECAUSE IT’S
SUCH A POLITICIZED ISSUE IN THIS COUNTRY.
>>TO THAT POINT, HAVE YOU HEARD FROM READERS THIS WEEK WHO HAVE
SAID HEY WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS COVERAGE?
WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD FROM READERS?
>>WE’VE HEARD NOTHING BUT PRAISE FOR HAVING TAKEN THE
CRISIS SO SERIOUSLY. THE WHOLE REASON WE WANTED TO DO
THIS AND WHY 250 ODD OUTLETS AROUND THE COUNTRY AND WORLD
HAVE WANTED TO DO THIS IS BECAUSE, LET’S FACE IT, A LOT OF
PROFESSIONS, JOURNALISM BEING ONE OF THEM, HAVEN’T PUT DUE
FOCUS ON WHAT IS A VERY SERIOUS EMERGENCY THAT THREATENS IN THE
WORST OF SCENARIOS OUR VERY EXISTENCE ON THIS PLANET.
SO WE WANTED TO PUT INCREASED FOCUS ON THAT, AND HEARING BACK
FROM READERS, THEY ARE VERY APPRECIATIVE WE DID.
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CAUSES A LOT OF ANXIETY, AND THE VAST
MAJORITY OF AMERICANS REALIZE IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT THREATENS
US AND NEEDS TO BE RESOLVED.>>YOU CAN READ ALL OF THE DAILY
HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE’S CLIMATE COVERAGE ONLINE AT
GAZETTENET.COM.

1 thought on “Climate Change Reporting at the Hampshire Gazette | Connecting Point | Sept. 19, 2019”

  1. Fake news climate change is the biggest hoax ever put over on the people !! NOAA was caught red handed fixing the data! It's all bogus and a big lie!

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