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Call for Entries: UNFCCC Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change

If you are between the ages of 18 and 30, you can now showcase the inspiring actions you are taking to combat climate change in a compelling and concise maximum three-minute video.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has called for entries for Global Youth Video Competition 2017.

Through the video, you can present a project or campaign you are involved in which relates to one of this year’s categories.

Category 1: Climate-friendly and resilient cities

3.5 billion people live in cities today and their populations will continue to increase in the coming decades, especially in developing countries. Cities account for 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions.

Developing sustainable cities and communities is one of the key components in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change. We are asking young people to submit videos that showcase activities which contribute to climate friendly and resilient cities.

The competition is looking for videos which showcase:

  • the implementation of climate friendly solutions/ideas about how to promote sustainability in urban areas/communities; including clean energy, clean transportation, community gardening, stepping up recycling and waste reduction, and other projects to reduce emissions;
  • building resilience to climate impacts such as heatwaves and floods, for example through tree planting, increasing green spaces and creating flood defenses;
  • actions to increase public awareness, and to advocate change at the policy level regarding the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to build resilience.

Category 2: Oceans and climate change

Oceans contain 97% of the planet’s water, employ over 200 million people and are the primary source of protein for 3 billion people. The degradation of oceans therefore present serious threats to many countries.

Oceans absorb much of the temperature rise and 30% of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, this is leading to higher levels of acidity. Sea levels are also on the rise and threaten many coastal communities. We are asking for videos on actions youth are taking to address challenges related to oceans and waterways.

The entries should showcase:

  • the restoration of wetlands and mangroves which protect against storm surges and saltwater intrusion;
  • the construction of dykes and other defenses against sea level rise;
  • the increase of scientific knowledge to improve ocean health;
  • activities which increase public awareness about the need to build resilience with regard to oceans and ways to reduce CO2 emissions so that oceans are better protected.

The Prizes

  • A round trip to COP23 in Bonn, Germany this November 2017
  • Position as a youth reporter at COP23, where you will assist the UNFCCC Newsroom team with videos, articles and social media posts.

In 2016, Faouzia Bahloul from Tunisia was recognized for her video “Think Renewable”, which is about the need to increase the use of renewable energy and it explains the research she has been doing on biogas produced with the help of microalgae.

Phuong Vu Hoang showcased his actions to raise awareness in Vietnam to their vulnerability to climate change. In his video, he explained how he creates posters using graphic design to inform the public on more sustainable lifestyle choices.

Similarly, in 2015, the video “Small Efforts for Big Change” created by Saraswati Upadhaya from Nepal had won the competition. She used her video to highlight the vulnerabilities of regions in Nepal and how the local communities are addressing the problems. She also showcased her efforts of communicating her climate message to children in schools. Charles Batte from Uganda was recognized for his video titled “Tree Adoption Uganda”. It highlighted a tree planting project to combat climate change which involved local businesses and also provided employment for youth.

Start date: 10 May 2017

End date: 18 August 2017

How to enter:

Make an engaging maximum of three-minute video, using whatever type of camera you have available, about your activities and submit in online to tvebiomovies.