Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | ePaper

BREAKING NEWS:

Sharing climate information around the world

  • Print
Afroza Mahzabeen Anannya :
Social media has an increasing number of users around the world. As a way of being digital, most countries are not far Behind from this trend. The urban population is widely using social media in their daily life and the rural population is not far behind. We can see various Facebook groups such as Traffic Alert groups, ride sharing groups, food experiences or restaurant groups very popular among users. There are different YouTube channels to reach out to people of different levels. So, Social media is a popular platform for sharing information.
Using of Social media for climate Services can be a way to reach maximum people around the world. This is quicker then TV channels, Newsletters, and Online news media. The Social media can reach all users which includes policy makers, humanitarian agencies, vulnerable smallholder farmers, different NGOs. This can act as a common platform in different countries to reach people with social media access and they can share it with their friends and colleagues.
A research article on Climate Change Communication focusing on social media by E dson C. Tandoc Jr. and Nicholas Eng in 2017 mentioned that 'Social platforms deliver three important domain of climate change communication. They are information, discussion, and mobilization'. The climate information can easily circulate through these domains. Countries around the world have Meteorological institutions or departments. This organization is responsible for keeping data well-organized and sharing with researchers. They have the prediction process and early warning system to aware of daily weather events and extreme climatic events through mainstream media such as radio, televisions, newspapers etc. But a larger number of people still are not aware of climate information. So, a better way of sharing climate information is necessary. For reaching a wider audience, meteorological organizations can use social media for sharing climate information.
Previously, the climate change communication focused on traditional media. But, now there is an increasing focus on the role of social media platforms. The climate information can be shared through social media by blogging, a page or group on Face Bookers on YouTube channels, twitter updates etc by meteorological organizations in country basis. There can also be regional pages or groups where the national organizations can share information among them. This could be a way to reach the maximumnumber of people to aware them about climate information. The stakeholders can reach publics where they are and in ways they find relevant. This also gives the users the opportunity to express their opinion and participate in the process of sharing the climate services information. This can ensure communication of climate information and help make appropriate climate-risk management decisions. The question here would be, how to reach end users such as vulnerable marginal farmers?
Smart phones are available in even remote areas of the world now and the Internet is widely available. So, if the Government offices in remote regions can get access to the climate services through social media, they can share this with farmers groups. The government operated schools in different countries can play a vital role in this sector. The climate information can be collected by teachers from Face book and other social media platforms and they can provide this to students to tell their parents. In this way, people without a smartphone will get the information on a daily basis. Lack of radio, Television, and illiteracy (unable to read the newspaper) cannot stand in the way of climate information sharing. Farmers can forward their questions through social media as well. Live feature in social media can also be used to reach vulnerable communities and answer their questions in regular intervals.
Climate change affects thousands of people every day. A proper system of sharing climate information can lead a long way to reduce impacts of climate change. According to the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), 'Climate services provide climate information to help individuals and organizations make climate-smart decisions'. So, accessibility to climate information is important to develop a decision and instead of circulating the information among mainstream media to reach end users, the relevant organizations can directly distribute the information. Different Universities have students studying Environmental Science, Climate Studies, Disaster Management and relevant subjects. They can share the news within their network or university groups. This is how a Social media network can be created to distribute and share Climate Information around the world. Social media users can share both personal updates to express themselves and connect with their friends, as well as information they find elsewhere, such as news articles.
This climate services can cover different areas. Such as disaster risk reduction by providing an update of tornados or storms with Face book update and tweets. So, all the relevant agencies are updated at once and prepare food aid, medicine, and other things necessary. If we can use social media to share our picture of the trip, foods or different events in our life, why not use it for better climate services. This can be a way to make a climate resilient world where almost everyone can know about how the weather will be tomorrow or in the evening with just a click.
(The writer is working at  Climate and Resilience Project Co-Ordinator , Norwegian Refugee Council. Oslo, Norway)

More News For this Category

Eid homegoers most sufferers this year

AMIDST the collapsed train schedule, transport shortage and allegations of extra charges on buses, people are suffering most while returning after celebrating Eid to their workstations, particularly Dhaka. Most trains

Deaths on highways and a chaotic transport sector

NEWSPAPERS reported that at least 224 people were killed and 866 injured in 203 road crashes across the country in the 12 days of Eid-ul-Azha holiday rush this year. According

Corporal Punishment

Sir Frank Peters: [Many 'teachers' upon retiring will look back with remorse and weep with sorrow and shame when they think about the number of children they tortured, traumatized, and perhaps

Saving The Earth's Forests

Ladd Connell :This month, the world's leading climate scientists issued a report on land confirming what we already know: forests are a critical weapon in the battle against climate change.

Capital shortfall in state-run banks

More than two-third state-run banks faced capital shortfall in the first quarter of the year. Though the situation was gloomy, but the government is yet to take any action against

Find out a sustainable solution to protect leather market

ALTHOUGH tanners were supposed to start buying rawhide at the government-fixed rates, merchants refused to sell, demanding the payment of a "considerable" portion of their arrears. It comes after seasonal

Falling Corporate Tax

Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram :The harmful effects of falling corporate tax rates have been acknowledged in a recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) research paper. This trend, since the

Russian Interference

David C. Barker and Morgan Marietta, Ph.D :The good news is because of the bad news.The good news is that Russian disinformation and propaganda probably did not influence vote tallies

Ensure basic rights of the domestic helps

POLICE recovered the body of a domestic help Riya Akhtar, 14, from Dhanmondi in the capital on Friday. The girl died after falling from the 9th floor of a 10

Jugglery of growth figures failed to create jobs

BANGLADESH'S economic growth though mesmerising, it has been proved over the past decade that jobs could not be created proportionately for the youths keeping adjustment with the growth. Besides, female