USP journalism student Koroi Tadulala believes he can make a difference in sharing climate change stories on a wider platform.
A journalism student is among ten (10) from The University of the South Pacific (USP) who have captured the effects of climate change on their smartphones via an eParticipatory Observers Project (ePOP)workshop .
The ePOP network based in France was established by RFI Planète Radio, along with the National French Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD). It aims to raise awareness in Europe about climate change through videos produced by young people.
The four-day workshop from 26 to 29 March at USP’s Laucala Campus focused on developing the participant’s filming and editing skills after which these were used to produce videos about communities affected by climate change.
Final year journalism student Koroi Tadulala participated in the project due to his keen interest in climate change and the environment.
He noted that ever since he enrolled into the course, he has been writing stories on climate change hence this was a great opportunity to not only hone his skills in this area but “address the issue via a bigger platform”.
In an interview with the Pacific Media Centre (PMC) based at the Auckland University of Technology, Tadulala said composing and sharing the stories to a much wider audience was an exciting opportunity.
“As part of the ePOP project, we go to the grassroots level and sit down with a lot of community members and ask them to share their stories with us,” he told PMC.
Tadulala explained that, “We brought out some of the stories that we didn’t really know about and now people are reacting to it. It is amazing to see how people take it in.”
He created a video story on the impacts of the devastating 2016 Tropical Cyclone Winston on food security and also focused on the Fijian village of Nabukadra and how the impacts of TC Winston motivated them to strengthen their faith in God.
Tadulala shared that a project like ePOP not only bridged the digital divide but catered to users and further encouraged young people to engage with issues around climate change.
“We create short videos from two to three minutes long so it enables them to go through the whole video without being bored.
“We decided to put this out on social media, especially because most of the people are using social media networks and it’s only smart to use that platform to put out the word of climate change,” he told PMC.
Law student Mia Kami of Tonga, also took part in the ePOP workshop because of her interest for filmmaking and explained that the ePOP team created awareness of climate change issues faced by the Pacific as it is not as strong in Europe.
“Their [ePOP’s] goal was to spread awareness of climate change in Europe, so the videos that we did were based on climate change. I think because it was from a student in the Pacific, it would be a lot more heartfelt so people would understand it more from a Pacific point of view,” Kami told PMC in an interview.
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