The UNEP prize for climate change
Climate change is the single greatest challenge threatening life as we know it. Scientists agree that the global temperature cannot rise by more than 2℃ this century without causing a disaster. But we aren’t doing enough, even though the effects of climate change are everywhere: from awesome storms and floods that cost many lives, to rare and beautiful animals dying off with growing speed. If, in terms of money, biodiversity and our very survival, it is more expensive to ignore climate change than to act now, why aren’t we doing more? Films in this category will address the following questions:
- Are humans incapable of thinking long term, or can we pop our bubbles and act?
- Is a future without renewable energy possible, or even imaginable?
- In May, carbon dioxide levels in the earth’s atmosphere reached the highest levels ever. We know the fate of the dinosaurs – if we don’t change our ways, will our destiny be the same?
WINNER: ‘Anti-Climate Change Missiles’ – Jalal Zumar Ahmud Laloo, Mauritius
FINALIST: ‘Humaniosaurs’ – Daniel Whitaker, UK
The Lighthouse Foundation prize for the seas and oceans
Earth’s oceans are what give our planet its identity – the blue planet, the watery globe. They support the greatest variety of life we know. They are an irreplaceable source of food, and the engine of the earth’s climate. The oceans determine the nature and quality of life on planet Earth – far beyond their coastlines. But the oceans are under threat from human pressures: overfishing; pollution; building development on our coastlines; and temperature change. Films in this category will address some or all of the following questions:
- Is there a future where humans can live in harmony with the oceans? We cannot strip the oceans of their wildlife and expect the oceans to go on thriving forever.
- Do the oceans belong to people or wildlife?
- Can we live without sea life?
WINNER: ‘Unicornio’ – Manuel Alejandro Victoria, Colombia
FINALIST: ‘Loving Waste’ – Marta Jordana Fuertes, Spain
The EBRD sustainable resource initiative prize
This category is only open to citizens of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s member states.
What a waste! Reducing waste and using resources efficiently is at the heart of the latest thrust by the EBRD. The Sustainable Resource Initiative focuses on using energy sustainably, water efficiently and cutting waste. It’s an issue which affects us all, and resource efficiency is rising as a global priority. How would you illustrate the need to cut waste? How would you draw attention to cutting waste? For the EBRD, it means reducing waste in manufacturing processes, reusing waste, recycling and using materials with a lower environmental impact. What does it mean to you? Films in this category will address either or both of these questions:
- What can we all do to cut waste?
- How can we reuse what is now wasted?
WINNER: ‘Re(f)use’ – Lucia Hraskova, Slovakia
FINALIST: ‘SuperSparky says RRR…’ – Rui Pedro Leal da Ressurreição, Portugal
The Bioversity International prize for agricultural and forest biodiversity
Climate change, malnutrition and poverty are among the major issues facing our world as our population increases. Agricultural and forest biodiversity – diverse crop and tree species varieties – offers options in the quest for solutions to all of these issues. Over time, traditional farming knowledge and techniques have changed and we are losing this valuable diversity. The heavy reliance on limited crops and varieties puts future food and nutrition security at risk. We are in the middle of the UN Decade on Biodiversity and yet many people are still not aware of what agricultural and forest biodiversity is, and how it contributes to our world. Bioversity International is looking for filmmakers to shine a light on what agricultural and forest biodiversity is, and how it offers options to help solve global issues.
Films in this category will address these or similar questions:
- What is agricultural and forest biodiversity? Why is it important to you?
- Have you ever thought about plants or trees disappearing? Why is it important to you to keep plant and tree diversity (culture, nutrition, conservation, sustainability, ecosystems, etc)?
- How can we encourage people and communities to use diversity in their gardens, in their landscapes, on their farms, in forests, and in their diets?
- How does agricultural and forest biodiversity connect with world issues – with people, our planet and our food?
WINNER: ‘Bring back ibo coco’ – Limbi Blessing Tata, Cameroon
FINALIST: ‘Bee friendly’ – Claire Heffernan, UK
The Inlaks Shivdasani prize for people and the planet
If our planet is to survive intact we must marry human demands – food, health and employment – with the essential demands of our natural environment. Any solutions to improve people’s lives must not degrade our environment, or the solutions will ultimately collapse. In the same way, if we try to protect nature and animals but ignore humans, communities will find a way around the conservation rules and destroy the environment in order to survive.
Films in this category will address some or all of the following questions:
- How can people pursue and enhance their livelihoods and not destroy the environment in the process?
- What are the dangers of putting people first – but ignoring nature and animals?
- What are the dangers of putting nature and animals first – but ignoring people?
WINNER: Biodiversidad sustento de vida’ – Raúl Pérez Albrecht, Bolivia
FINALIST: ‘Balance’ – Brooke Snider, Canada
The UNEP prize for food waste
Each year, an amazing one third of all the food we produce is lost or left to rot by consumers who buy too much. And supermarkets throw out edible fruit and vegetables just because they are wonky-looking. The broccoli is not purple enough, a mango is too big or a chicken is too small! It is an ethical, economic and environmental waste because every basket of apples, catch of fish and bushel of wheat needs water, soils and fuels to be grown, harvested and transported – all to be wasted. It links with climate change too: the vast volumes of wasted food generate methane in rubbish tips that just adds to global warming. UNEP and the Food and Agricultural Organization has a campaign: Think Eat Save – Reduce Your Foodprint. Films in this category will address the following questions:
- How will you and your community reduce your foodprint?
- It’s stupid and unnecessary, and so what are we going to do about food waste?
WINNER: ‘The foolish guy’ – Amrit Bhandari, Nepal
FINALIST: ‘Le tiers’ – Ronan Baranger, France
The WWF-UK prize for a world worth protecting
WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment, and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. Across the globe, threatened habitats and endangered species need protection more than ever before.
People are now using more natural resources than our planet can replace. The growing loss of habitats, the over-exploitation of wildlife, and other environmental threats, mean that widespread wildlife extinction and the breakdown of our most important natural systems are inevitable unless we urgently work together for change. And that means protecting our amazing planet, piece by piece.
To want to protect something, people have to care. So part of the solution lies in communicating the beauty of forests, oceans, habitats and species – and championing the solutions that help us all live more sustainably. Around the world, people are shielding forests against the many threats they face – from illegal logging to climate change – and working to secure their long-term future. Wildlife rangers are protecting vulnerable species from harm. And people are taking local action to safeguard the things that are precious to them. Every single action that helps to protect our world is worth celebrating. Let’s focus the world’s attention on our amazing planet, and how we need to protect it.
Films in this category will address these or similar questions:
- What does our world mean to you? And why is it worth protecting?
- We all have a part to play in looking after our planet. What’s yours?
- Who or what inspires you to protect nature?
WINNER: ‘Reciclón: Basura musical’ – Fernando Mario Neyra Zavala, Peru
FINALIST: ‘Recycling Vikings’ – Connor Kelley, USA
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