Zachary Colman's Blogs

  • Notes from the Field: Conversations and Context in Far-Flung Communities

    Zack Colman, the deputy energy and environment editor at the Christian Science Monitor, traveled to Marrakech in November 2016 as an IRP fellow reporting from the COP22 climate change conference. Here, he reflects on the value of leaving the conference halls and official statements behind for a few days to talk with farmers who had never heard the term “climate change” but had observed decades of its visible effects on their land.   Normally, I wouldn't categorize sleeping on a thin mattress in sub-freezing temperatures with no heat only to wake up with mysterious bug bites on my pelvis as a positive. But my trip to the High Atlas Mountains as part of the International Reporting Project's fellowship in Morocco was an exception. The accommodations were a necessary condition for getting to the country’s real stories. Simply put, the best...

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