Illius among 6 journalists get climate journalism award for ‘The Sinking Cities Project’

Chattogram : Bangladeshi climate journalist Shamsuddin Illius among six international journalists has been honored with “Climate Journalism Award” for a collaborative story titled “The Sinking Cities Project” in the emerging talent category for innovative climate reporting produced by journalists and newsrooms with less than three years of experience.

The award was declared at the “News Impact Summit: Elevating Climate Journalism” on October 12, held in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Climate Journalism Award is managed by the European Journalism Centre in partnership with Google News Initiative and is supported by a group of partners, including the Solutions Journalism Network.

“The Sinking Cities Project ” is a global cross-border investigation, by the German-based news outlet Unbaise The News, that examines how sea-level rise is impacting major cities and how their governments are responding to the consequences of the climate crisis.

Local journalists from six cities, Alexandria, Dhaka, Dublin, Karachi, Lagos and Rotterdam, worked together for over six months to investigate the preparedness in their cities and looked to expose not only failures but also possible innovations and solutions.

During the project Unbias the News offered training, networking, and editorial support from our international team of regional editors and climate experts. “The Sinking Cities Project ” has been re-published in 33 outlets across the world, and is still open for re-publication, said Managing Director of UnbaiseThe News, Mercy Abang.

The six journalists were ShamsuddinIllius from Bangladesh, Open Adetayo from Nigeria, Rehab Abdalmohsen from Egypt, ZuzaNazaruk from the Netherlands, Lois Kapila from Ireland and ZuhaSiddiqui from Pakistan. Here is Illius’s story: His article shows that Bangladesh is experiencing both sea-level rise and land subsidence. The articles show that the response to the climate crisis is a social, historical and political phenomenon. Even on a city level, money and power obscure the picture of what needs to be done to ensure safety and justice for all.

About The Sinking Cities Project Climate Journalism Award Jury Stella Levantesi said, “Ambitious and well-executed, this project immediately stood out as a compelling and powerful project in the emerging talent category. “The Sinking Cities Project” is an important example of climate journalism through a collaborative, cross-border approach with local voices and reporting, and has the potential for relevant, global impact.”

“We are incredibly gratified for this recognition of our teamwork. As the climate crises accelerates, we need all hands on deck to tell climate stories in a way that can clarify the costs of inaction, possible solutions, and the decision-makers in play. Local journalists are particularly well-placed to tell that story, and this project shows that cross-border journalism can help tell the global story from a local perspective.”- Tina Lee, Editor-in-Chief Unbias the News.