On 18 June, the Swiss population will vote on a new climate law (Klimaschutz-Gesetz / Loi pour la protection du climat). For the first time, Switzerland could enshrine the goal of reaching “net zero” emissions by 2050 in its law. The debate leading up to the vote is bound to be intense.
How can journalists ensure that they cover this complex issue in a critical, scientific and in-depth manner? We will discuss the content of the proposed law from a scientific perspective and how it could shape the country’s climate policy.
The event will take place at 6 pm at SWI swissinfo.ch, the international service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR). The address is Schwarztorstrasse 21, Room S21, 3007 Bern.
In-person roundtable – Wednesday, 3 May 2023 at 6 pm, Bern
Three speakers will be joining us:
- Marcel Hänggi, former science journalist, will share a brief history of the Gletscher-Initiative that he launched after covering COP21 in Paris and how it changed Switzerland’s climate policy (download presentation slides)
- Alex Tiefenbacher, climate journalist at Das Lamm and founding member of the network, will introduce the CO2 law and its current stakes (download presentation slides)
- Augustin Fragnière, an expert in climate policy at the University of Lausanne, will unravel the content of the Klimaschutz-Gesetz that the Swiss population will vote on in June, from a scientific perspective (download presentation slides)
The presentations and the subsequent open discussion will be held in English. Rachel Barbara Häubi (Heidi.news) and Lukas Schnyder (Endemol Shine Group) from our network will host the evening event.
To take part or for any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will finish our meeting with drinks and dinner at a restaurant in Bern (unfortunately, we cannot cover your costs). For those joining us for dinner, please RSVP by Thursday, 27 April 2023, so we can make a reservation for you.
Our meetings are open to all professional journalists (and journalism students).
For existing and new members of our network: We start at 5.15 pm with an internal meeting. Membership is free and open to any journalists and students based in Switzerland.
Please spread the word and invite your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you!
Foto (c) : Lukas Schnyder