In India, we witness misinformation rampantly on social media platforms. Edited video clips and photographs of politicians/ celebrities without context are unfortunately quite common. During the peak of the COVID pandemic, health misinformation was rampant. And we saw how misinformation spread faster and is very harmful especially during situations of panic when people are willing to believe anything. And that is what climate change does, it creates those emergency situations because of extreme weather events which are on the rise.
Introducing "Climate Check," our new podcast mini-series on Climate misinformation in India. In the upcoming 3 episodes, we'll focus on the spread and impact of climate misinformation, the importance of climate literacy, and the need for collective action. We'll address misleading claims that confuse and disrupt real climate action.
Climate misinformation involves disseminating false or misleading information about climate change, its causes, impacts, and solutions. It distorts facts, cherry-picks data, and manipulates evidence to deny or downplay the reality and seriousness of climate change. Discussing it is crucial because misinformation confuses people, hampers decision-making, and delays necessary actions. To protect the environment and make informed choices, accurate information is vital.
Our mini-series will explore these issues and more, ensuring accurate information prevails and empowering individuals. Stay tuned for our three enlightening episodes on climate misinformation.
In the first episode, Rakesh Kamal, Editor of the Climate Emergency podcast and co-founder of Suno India talks to Rakesh Reddy Dubbudu, Founder of Factly about the spread of misinformation and introduces Climate misinformation.
This mini-series is supported by Check Global Independent Media Response Fund.