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New research by the UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition reveals the media debate on climate and migration is not yet entrenched. Report contains first ever evidence-based guidance to help organisations accurately communicate the complex relationship between climate change and migration.

In the first report of its kind, analysis reveals that the media debate around climate change and migration has not yet become entrenched. The UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition, who carried out the research, have used the analysis to produce the first ever guidance for organisations on effectively communicating the complex connections between climate change and migration.

"We welcome the publication of the UKCCMC’s Communications Briefing, which maps, with admirable brevity and range, the current communications landscape and provides civil society organisations with clear principles for effective communication on climate and migration issues. Effective communication lies at the heart of effective action; this report will build capacity for more coherent cross-sector action on the complex and urgent challenges we face."
Andrew Barnett, Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch

Both climate change and migration attract a significant degree of public and media attention. Together they represent a potentially explosive combination that could inflame already heated debates. The report released today argues that without a concerted effort to communicate the issues effectively the debate could be hijacked by political interests opposed to human rights and action on climate change.

The pioneering analysis of media coverage shows that the debate on climate change and migration shows there is still an opportunity for organisations to shape the debate in a positive way, both protecting the rights of migrants and leading to action on climate change.

 

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