The 23rd of March 2018 was the International Weather and Climate Day, and this year’s theme was “Weather-ready, Climate-smart”.
On this occasion, the World Meteorological Organization published its Statement on the State of the Global Climate 2017, which presents the extent of the human and economic damage caused by extreme meteorological events during the year 2017. According to the organization, the past year 2017 was the most dramatic in terms of climatic disasters. And it would only be the beginning.
It is within this context that weather reporters gathered on Friday 23rd of March, to assert their role of educator on climate issues for the general public, and their commitment on these topics.
This meeting under the Parisian clouds was the opportunity to launch an awareness-raising campaign #FIMC2018 on social networks. The weather reporters called for mobilisation to meet the climate challenge: We can find short videos of Evelyne Dhéliat (TF1) and Laurence Roustandjee (M6) on Twitter, inviting the public to participate to the 15th Edition of the International Weather and Climate Forum (IWF). Their worldwide couterparts did the same.
The IWF will be held next June, from the 2nd to the 5th, on the Parvis de l’Hôtel-de-Ville of Paris, and will have the honor to be sponsored by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, founder of GoodPlanet and renowned documentary director.
The public will find exhibitions, workshops and participatory debates to get informed and act against climate change in their everyday life.