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“How do we respond in the world of the ‘Like’ button? How do we keep telling a story that is
no longer about an urgent matter?”

                                          — Jonathan Paterson, BBC News
What better context to ask this question than the Médias en Seine festival that took place on October 8th in Paris? Jonathan Paterson, Editor of the Digital Video section of BBC News, explained during his keynote that this pondering led the BBC to reconsider its approach of news videos on social media

Paterson highlighted the importance of engaging new audiences and adapting to their expectations through solutions journalism. An approach, he reminded, that's also rigorous: “This isn’t just about positive news. We are not here to sugar-coat the world but to give people the tools they need and fuel the debate.” 

Co-organised by Les Echos and Radio France, Médias en Seine gathered more than 5,000 people to discuss the future of the media. Sparknews hosted a few sessions on solutions journalism and the role of the press in the ecological transition.
 
It’s all recapped here!

“Making carbon-neutral clothes out of algae:
the designers taking on fast fashion”

Becca Leaver
Article by The Guardian found with SPARK-IT
What’s the problem?
Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world. It requires incredible amounts of water and pesticides for the sole culture of cotton, has a terrible carbon footprint, not to mention its global negative impact on biodiversity. Needless to say more about the evil effects of fast fashion when we simply realise that most textiles are, essentially, based on petroleum.
A solution in focus
The progress of science in recent years has been such that scientists and designers have created completely new textiles from fast-growing, carbon-sucking organisms such as micro- and macro-algae, mycelium, bacteria and fermented yeast.
Now it’s all about hitting the market and reaching consumers that have been used to cheap clothes and fast-changing fashion trends for decades. Carbon-sucking algae knickers, anyone?
Discover why green is the new black
Food for Thought

> In the Philippines, residents of the village of Bayanan can trade two kilos of plastic waste for one kg (2.2 lb) of rice. The government then proceeds to proper disposal or recycling.

> With more than 75,000 members in the world and 14 chapters in India, the all-women and century-old Soroptimist movement has been standing for ‘the best for women’ (including saving them from Nazis) and keeps expanding  its scope to modern issues.

> In Kenya, the NGO “Give Directly” experiments with universal income to tackle extreme poverty. For the next 12 years, it will provide $22 per month to 5,000 people, offering them new perspectives, reducing their stress and allowing them to save money.
Back to the Future
Thirty years after naming their “person of the year” Endangered Earth, TIME Magazine decided to dedicate a whole issue to climate change with a question in mind: what can (and must) be done to knock human civilisation off its disastrous trajectory before 2050, the year by which action must have been taken to curb climate change?
What’s so swell about it
To step out of  the routinely maelstrom of alarmist news on the fate of the Earth, TIME magazine decided to also take a look at solutions. Between extensive pieces explaining the climate crisis across the world, the website offers long reads about how a wall of trees in Senegal could curb the effects of climate change, showcases rewilding programmes in Europe’s reclaimed lands, and more. All free of climate-change skeptics! 

 
Read the TIME 2050 issue here
Speaking of climate change...
Covering Climate Now is an initiative co-founded by The Nation and Columbia Journalism Review that gathered hundreds of media outlets worldwide from September 15-23, to give maximum coverage of the climate crisis and its impacts ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23rd.
With a combined audience of over 1 billion people, we can only imagine how many it convinced to move into action for the greater good of our planet.
 
World News Day
At times when the press experiences the tumult of distrust and disengagement, media outlets are more ready than ever to show the positive impact they can have in the world. 
To do so, the World Editor’s Forum and long-time Impact Journalism Day Partner The Straits Times organised this year’s World News Day on September 28th.
 
On that day, 38 newsrooms simultaneously shared their stories that shaped policies, exposed corruption and fought injustice, with reports from the ground tackling issues of significance to the communities. Congratulations to them!
Read more about it here
You’ve recently worked on or published an amazing solutions-oriented piece or have discovered an interesting format to explore for more impact?

Let us know about it and we’ll spread the word!
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