Climate change is one of the most monumental news stories of our time. We know that the planet has already started experiencing alarming trends related to this crisis, from increasing frequency of wildfires and floods to more intense storms and droughts to melting ice and rising sea levels.
But how do you report on a worldwide disaster slowly unfolding?
For a special Earth Day interactive panel on April 22, three climate journalists — Hiroko Tabuchi, Veronica Penney and Julia Rosen — will share with students how they do just that, making the impact of climate change accessible to readers via compelling reporting, data visualizations and multimedia storytelling.
We invite middle and high school students to use the learning activities below to get to know some of this work and to come up with good questions for the journalists.
Prepare for the Panel
To get ready for the panel, we ask teachers and students to use one or more of the following resources, each of which features an article or a graphic created by at least one of the panelists. For students who aren’t familiar with climate change, we suggest starting with the fourth resource, a digital children’s book.
Our Student Opinion question invites students to take a quiz called “Think You’re Making Good Climate Choices?” and then asks them to reflect on their own. Your students are invited to read and respond, on our site or on their own.
Our math-focused Lesson of the Day encourages students to think algebraically about car costs, emissions and trade-offs — and uses our related What’s Going on in This Graph? exercise about climate-friendly cars.
Our social-studies-focused Lesson of the Day asks students to explore the history of Black-owned farms and the role they can play in fighting climate change.
Coming on April 18: A Lesson of the Day that draws from a new guide for kids (and everybody else) about climate change and what we can do to make the future less bad.
Get to Know the Panelists
Hiroko Tabuchi is a climate reporter for The New York Times, based in New York. She was previously a reporter in the paper’s Tokyo bureau, where she led the coverage of the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan. In 2013, Ms. Tabuchi was part of the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for an examination of the business practices of Apple and other global manufacturing giants. Before joining The Times in 2008, she reported for The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press, both from Tokyo. She is a native of Kobe, Japan, and is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Veronica Penney is a climate reporter for The New York Times and a member of the 2020 Times Fellowship class. She holds a degree in data journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has also appeared in The Miami Herald and The Guardian.
Julia Rosen is an independent journalist covering science and the environment from Portland, Ore. She writes stories about how the world works and how humans are changing it. She became a journalist after getting her doctorate in geology and was an AAAS Mass Media Fellow at The Times in 2014. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Science, Hakai, High Country News and many other publications.
Note: Teachers can register to watch the panel as a class. Students 13 and older in the United States and the United Kingdom, and 16 and older elsewhere, can register to watch the panel on their own device.