An environmental expert, Dr Piman Hoffman, has called on media houses to train journalists on issues relating to environment to save the region against man-made disaster.
Hoffman, the assistant Director, African Climate Reporters, made the call in a statement a head of world international environment day june 5th june 2020
He expressed dissatisfaction over the lack of commitment by some media outfits across Africa toward dedicating some reporters to cover environment and science.
“It is really important for every media house in Africa to have a trained journalist that specializes in reporting issues related to the environment.
“This is to support environmental NGO/CSO, government and international organisation toward raising more awareness to the public on issues relating to environmental challenges and global warming,’’
According to Hoffman, the world now needs more environmental journalists to illuminate the real risks that humans and the environment are facing.
“Lack of enough environmental journalists in Africa, was becoming a big threat to the existence of plants, animals and even the survival of our forestry.
“Environmental journalists play a great role in the society, like raising awareness about population growth, sustainability, energy conservation, global warming, climate change and acid rain.
“Others include; destruction of tropical rain forest, accumulation of toxic waste, disposal of all wastes, water and air pollution, and all factors that contribute towards degradation of the quality of life.