Fired Up Youth Report
Fired Up Media produces a periodical 5-minute video news segment on climate change, energy, and activism for LinkTV’s EarthFocus. Fired Up Media sent the only team of accredited TV journalists from the United States to the UN climate negotiations in Poznan, Poland in 2007. Fired Up Media also filmed the 12,000 person Power Shift 2009 conference and produced a segment on how Obama’s former new media team was training youth climate activists in the use of video and new media.
Earth Focus is broadcast to over 31 million U.S. homes receiving satellite, 6 million cable TV households and is available to millions more worldwide on the Internet (www.linktv.org/earthfocus). Link TV is also carried on many U.S. college campuses. Link Media has the largest audience of any independent print, radio or TV outlet in the U.S. Five million adults watch LinkTV regularly, on average 2.5 hours a week.
Project Survival Media
Project Survival Media (PSM) is a collaborative global network of journalists using video, photography, and blogs to report from the front lines of the climate crisis.
In the lead up to the landmark UN Climate conference taking place in Copenhagen in December of 2009, Project Survival Media will help assemble and launch seven global new media teams. The purposes of these teams: to report on the most compelling climate stories from around the world, to amplify voices underrepresented by traditional media, and to breathe life into the facts and statistics of this modern crisis.
These seven media teams, one for each continent, will broadcast the most critical message of our time: that as world leaders negotiate a new climate treaty, “Survival is Not Negotiable.” As a part of the International Youth Delegation (IYD), we will use new media tactics and tools to support policies that “safeguard the survival of all countries and peoples.” This message will be driven home by spotlighting communities disproportionately impacted by climate change: youth, women, people of color, and indigenous peoples.
Youth Media Initiatives
Fired Up Media has supported logistically and financially independent photojournalism by leading youth photographers of the work done by the global youth climate movement. Fired Up Media provided travel support to photographers at the International Climate Negotiations in Poznan, Poland in 2008, and supported the launch of a virtual youth climate photo agency with Robert vanWaarden, Shadia Wood, and David Wargert.
Independent photographers affiliated with Fired Up Media also photographed Power Shift 2009, the 12,000 person youth climate conference in Washington, DC. Photos from Poznan and Power Shift 09 were displayed in a gallery at the Maritim Hotel, during the Bonn Climate Negotiations in 2009, as well as displayed by Yvo de Boer, the UN’s top climate official to the global environmental NGO community.
Fired Up Media has also provided development support for photographers and received an outstanding finalist award from the Getty Images Grants for Good program for our innovative proposal to provide new media distribution for social change photography.