Global crises are issues which have no borders. They extend multi-nationally, multi-culturally and multi-continentally, effecting human kind as a whole. Global media is a combination of all the mediascapes from every single country in the world which contributes towards informing the public about such issues. Global crisis includes whaling, the threat of ISIS and the notion of war in general, and most prenatally climate change, which we will be focusing on as a case study to examine the global mediascape and how it interacts with spreading awareness and finding solutions for global crisis.
Climate change is an issue that has, and will continue to effect society in continually more obvious ways. In a recent survey, it was found that 97.1% of scientific papers confirm the existence of anthropogenic (man-made) climate change.
Climate change could threaten not only vast ecological systems and the natural resources dependant on them, but also posing great risk of accelerated extinctions, forced human migration from low lying areas, diminished food resources for a growing population and so forth.
Journalist strive to comply with a code of ethics that states “Journalists cannot be both observers and participants in an event” meaning they cannot have had any influence on the planning, implementation, or outcome of an event to ‘avoid entangling alliance’
However, in cases such as Climate change, every single specimen on earth plays a role, making objective reporting impossible, raising the question of does it matter, so long as the reporting judged to be fair and independent? If they do, should reporters covering such issues feign an indifference to the outcome of the report, and if they do, will that illicit an appropriate reaction to cause positive change?
Journalists also have to overcome commercial interests, which in the ever decreasing financial instability of the global economy is becoming harder to do. Not only this, but they must also overcome their only lack of knowledge or experience in the field, as most journalists have never received any formal training in the scientific fields, and given rushed deadlines it becomes difficult for articles to be in-depthly researched, and yet it is crucial that they are to ensure the misunderstanding and contradicting messages seen in headlines recently can be avoided in the future.
Without proper handling of the issue of climate change on a local level, it makes it basically impossible for global scale action that is necessary if humankind is going to successfully tackle the issue to become a reality.
Comedian John Oliver weighs in on the issue: