Training Workshop on Environmental Health For Journalists Held In Dhaka

Training Workshop on Environmental Health For Journalists Held In Dhaka

Dhaka, August 27, 2016: Environmental health is a prime reporting issue; need to be address properly in the news media. Journalists express the need of hands-on knowledge and training of science reporting. Participants and experts share the views at a workshop on Environmental Health and Pollutants: Role of a Journalist organized by Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO in Dhaka yesterday.

The workshop highlighted on the technicality of the toxics chemicals and environmental health issues including, toxic chemicals in everyday life, their effect on health and environment, factors affecting the toxicity of pollutants.

In the workshop participants experienced on the technical no house and source of the pollutants especially hazardous chemical and toxic compounds used in Bangladesh.

As part of building capacity and knowledge on environmental journalism, ESDO in association with Asian Center for Environmental Health organized this workshop. 15 journalists from national print and electronic media took part in this workshop.  Dr. Hossain Shahriar, renowned environmental journalist and toxic chemical expert facilitated the workshop.

Amongst other, former secretary, Government of Bangladesh and Chairperson of ESDO, Syed Marghub Morshed and Executive Director of ESDO, Siddika Sultana shared expert opinion and views in the workshop.

Syed Marghub Murshed said, I think media can play an important role to bring the issues related to environment and human health in front of general people. In order to protect and conserve the environmental health we have to ensure two things that, the general people are properly educated and aware of environmental problems. Through reporting, media can achieve these two aspects. The aim of today’s workshop is to spread these issues among journalists. I strongly believe that, with the help of media we will be able to protect our environment.

In concluding and the certificate giving ceremony, participants expressed their satisfaction and urged ESDO to organize more similar workshop and capacity building training for working journalists.

About ESDO, is a non-profit, non-governmental environmental action and research based organization working since 1990. ESDO focuses on environmental journalism, professional journalism and professional capacity building since since 1995. The major success of ESDO’s initiatives are national ban on polythene shopping bag, domestic waste management policy, national ban on two-stroke vehicle etc.

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