Last week was full of ideas, excitement, and collaboration as we gathered our colleagues, grantees, and Fellows focused on climate and rainforest issues in Washington, D.C., for the Pulitzer Center’s annual conference, Interconnected: Reporting the Climate Crisis.
Focused this year on the urgent crisis facing our planet’s coastlines, rainforests, oceans, and polar regions, conversations at the conference focused on the impact on the people and communities who inhabit environments threatened by climate change and the methods with which journalists, educators, and the public can work together to bring these urgent stories to light and hold those in power to account.
Along with the excitement of coming together in-person with this brilliant group of people, the mood was also somber, as the entire journalism community urgently sought news on the safety of British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian activist Bruno Pereira, missing since early June 5 in a remote area of the Amazon.
“As we gather this week, reporting on the climate crisis is more dangerous than ever. Our thoughts are with our colleagues and friends as the search for answers into the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian Indigenous activist Bruno Pereira in the Amazonas region of the Brazilian Amazon continues,” said Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer as he opened Thursday’s Day 1 plenary.
We join our colleagues in urging the Brazilian authorities to take every measure possible to find them, and we hope for their safety. We honor their commitment to this work, their courage, and their willingness to risk their own safety in pursuit of the stories we need to hear.
The pressing work continues. Explore the highlights from #Interconnected22 Day 1 here, including the launch of the Pulitzer Center’s International Education and Outreach Initiative, and enlightening discussions on the intersection of climate and labor, climate and religion, and climate and gender.