Climate Without Borders has been launched in Brussels. The brainchild of Belgian weather presenter Jill Peeters, Climate Without Borders, unites 130 weather presenters from 110 countries.
“When it comes to climate science, weather presenters are trusted, popular and beloved sources”, founder Jill Peeters says, “In times of fake news, Climate Without Borders wants to tap into that notion. We want to use our authority to translate science towards a big audience.”
Climate Without Borders aims to create a global network of weather presenters. Cooperation should equip and empower them and make it easier to include scientifically sound information on climate disruption in their reporting. As such, Climate Without Borders wants to contribute to the public’s understanding of climate science and policy and its effect on the environment.
Many of today’s weather presenters are witnessing climate disruption from the frontline. From that vantage point, many of them have realised the importance of their voice. “The interaction with other weather presenters gave me a real insight into my potential role as a climate communicator”, says Al Jazeera’s Everton Fox. “It also opened my eyes as to how I could increase public awareness from my position as a TV weather presenter both on screen and online.”
25 of those weather presenters will gather in Belgian capital Brussels to network. They have a combined reach of 2.5 million people on social media and 375 million people on classic media. Attendees will make a nature walk, visit a science project and a company and meet sustainable entrepreneurs, experts and policy makers.
Subsequently, Climate Without Borders, which is supported by 3 UN institutions – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Climate panel IPPC and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – will be formally founded in presence of Maroš Šefčovič, vice president of the European Commission, Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s head of climate policy (executive secretary of UNFCCC), and the Board of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.