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Coffee, Catholics and Climate Change

Experts estimate that, within 30 years, about half of the land currently being used for coffee production in Colombian province of Nariño will not be suitable for coffee production because of the impact of climate change. This means that about half of the 40,000 families (some 240,000 people) who currently rely on coffee production to subsist, will no longer be able to do so. In response, Catholic Relief Services now works with 1600 families in Nariño who are struggling with the impact of climate change. Camila DeChalus reports on how these families are experimenting with new techniques to sustain coffee cultivation and diversify agricultural production in the face of severe climate change.

This video report was filmed and produced by School of Communication (SOC) alumna Camila DeChalus, recipient of an International Reporting Fellowship awarded as part of American University's ongoing partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Project guidance and editorial feedback was provided by SOC Journalist in Residence Bill Gentile.

Religion and Climate Change in the Public Sphere Panels

The following are excerpts from the panel "Religion and Climate Change in the Public Sphere: The Role of Journalists and the Media," a day-long forum where journalists and academic experts came together to discuss the media treatment of the Pope's recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si', as a means to better understand the role of religion in public debate and activism on climate change.

This panel was made possible by the partnership between the Pulitzer Center, American University's School of Communication, and the Henry Luce Foundation.