Global youth video competition on climate change

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UNDP/GEF Small Grant Programme have teamed up once again with tve to launch a video competition for the best youth climate projects happening around the globe.  Send us an inspiring video diary, a maximum of three minutes long, in one of two 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.

We are 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 planting tree, increasing green spaces and creating flood defences;
  • 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 presents a serious threat to many countries, for example higher levels of acidity from increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as do rising sea levels.

Oceans absorb much of the temperature rise and 30% of the carbon dioxide produced by humans. And sea levels are on the rise, threatening coastal communities. We are asking for videos on actions people are taking to address challenges related to Oceans and waterways.

We are looking for videos which showcase:

  • the restoration of wetlands and mangroves which protect against storm surges and saltwater intrusion;
  • the construction of dykes and other defences 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

How to enter

The competition is now closed to entries.  Shortlisted films will be online for voting from 15 September.

The prizes

The two winners will receive the following prizes:

  • Round-trip travel to COP23 in Bonn, Germany, November 2017; and
  • Position as a youth reporter for COP23, responsible for assisting the UNFCCC Newsroom team with videos, articles and social media posts.

Judging process

Winning entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Contentclearness and effectiveness of the video in documenting a story about climate change, promoting action and/or offering new solutions.
  • Innovationoriginality, and impact: telling a climate story in a fresh and unusual way, appealing to a broad and diverse audience and encouraging further thought and action.
  • Technical expertisequality of camera and audio work, effectiveness of editing and strength of script.

A shortlist of videos selected by a judging panel including representatives from UNDP, UNFCCC and tve will be selected and posted online.

The winner in each category – the film which receives the most views on tve‘s Inspiring Change YouTube channel – will win the round trip to COP23 in Bonn and a place as a youth reporter.

All films entered in the Global Youth Video Competition will remain available online for viewing as the tvebiomovies competition continues to run.

See last year’s winners for inspiration.

The Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change is co-organized by the UNFCCC secretariat and the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme.