Magazine article Geographical

Climate Change: A Global Issue

Magazine article Geographical

Climate Change: A Global Issue

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Around this time last year, representatives from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society approached the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) with a unique proposition. While they and other geographical societies around the world had been playing a local rote in coordinating research and education about climate change, the scale of the issue was such that it required that they join together to agree a common position and plan of action.

Following a summit at the RGS-IBG headquarters in London, attended by representatives of five societies and their associated magazines, a joint statement on climate change, which is reproduced opposite, was agreed.

Meanwhile, the magazines commissioned their best writers and photographers to go out and research stories that encapsulated the effect that climate change was having in their respective regions. The idea was to draw out the geographical dimension of climate change, highlighting its different manifestations and impacts around the world, while at the same time illustrating how mitigation and adaptation are taking on different shapes, depending on the geography and capabilities of the countries and/or region covered by the different publications. The various stories would then be shared, so that each magazine could produce a special issue devoted to climate change.

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Climate change is, clearly, a global challenge that will require unprecedented cooperation among countries and regions around the world The various special issues produced mirror this cooperation, themselves the result of an unprecedented collaboration among the different magazines. …

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