The Arena Climate Network is a community of journalists and researchers working on climate-related topics. It was created following the 2020 Dataharvest conference in order to facilitate information flows between journalists covering climate at the local, national and EU level and to tell impactful stories. Read more about the background.
The Dataharvest conference in 2021 featured a “Fridays for Climate” program: ten sessions focusing on climate issues spread over a period of three weeks. We looked into investigative methodologies behind a selection of recent European investigations which focused on different aspects of climate change, energy efficiency or environmental wrongdoing. During this process,Dataharvest participants were guided and mentored by two data trainers and an OSINT trainer.During allocated “office hours”, participants would get one-on-one time with them to delve into the climate data and to hone their OSINT skills.
Arena Climate Network: Cross-border investigations
In 2021, we also organised a “Learning by doing” hands-on training in data and investigative methodology. A small group of journalists, with a desire to work a climate topic of their choice were given the opportunity to develop investigative and data skills in a cross-border setting.
The participants worked in small cross-border groups whitwith the support of a data trainer and a program coordinator. They also received training on online safety and security in the context of cross-border investigations and could book a personalised one-on-one consultation with an expert in the field of their research or an OSINT expert.
At the end of the program, the groups published their investigations and in-depth analysis in various European media . A few examples can be found here and will be updated as new work is published.:
- Data exclusive: The ‘junk’ carbon offsets revived by the Glasgow Pact (Climate Home News)
- Dismay over EU plans to keep paying to promote meat (EUobserver)
- Why is energy poverty rising among low-income households in the EU (Euronews)
- Albania is at the mercy of the weather: the central and local institutions are unprepared for floods (Vizion)
The Arena Climate Network also functions as a meeting space, where its members can connect andshare expertise and information in order to better collaborate across the borders.
If you want to connect to the climate network members, you can:
- Join our Signal group (reach out to the network coordinator)
- Join our Arena Climate Network Discussion group (on Discourse)
- Follow us on Twitter (@Arena__Climate)
Other tools that the network members can benefit from:
- Arena Climate Leaks (coming soon): We are able to receive, in a secure and private manner, leaks (information and documents) touching upon environmental wrongdoings provided by whistleblowers from different countries;
- Secure collaborative space: Arena has developed a bundle of online collaborative tools catering to cross-border teams in need of secure online infrastructure to share information, documents and work remotely across borders. This service will only be available on request for specific groups.
If you have any further questions or comments, please reach out to:
Jelena Prtoric, Arena Climate Network coordinator: email@example.com