Global youth video competition on climate change
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change teamed up with tve to launch a video competition for the best youth climate projects happening around the globe. Entrants submitted a compelling three-minute film about climate actions they were taking in their local area. 133 films were received from 60 countries and the shortlist of 25 vlogs received over 135,000 views on You Tube.
The two winners were flown to Paris to attend the COP21 Conference and help out with the UNFCCC media team.
WINNER – JUDGES CHOICE: Saraswati Upadhaya, from Nepal.
WINNER – POPULAR VOTE: Charles Batte, Uganda.
Short film proposals competition
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development green economy prize
This category is only open to citizens of the EBRD’s 64 member states.
How can we make our economies greener? It is a crucial question in our battle to limit the impact of climate change and to ensure that how we do business works for people AND for the environment.
In a green economy more of the energy we use will be produced from renewable sources (wind and sun are just two examples), we will all waste less water, and we will use the earth’s resources, from forests and oceans, to beaches and clean air, in ways that will provide jobs, food and fuel, but not damage the environment.
Greening economies is a vital part of the EBRD mission in countries stretching from Mongolia on the Chinese border to Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean, through its Sustainable Energy Initiative and Sustainable Resource Initiative.
Films in this category will imaginatively address the question:
- How can a green economy both help the planet and boost economic efficiency and growth?
- What actions can people take to develop the green economy and how will those actions create jobs and make sure we are not wasting the earth’s resources?
- How is the green economy being demonstrated in the place where you live? Are companies or individuals promoting efficient use of resources like water, plastic and energy?
WINNER: ‘The Green Generation’ – Kiran Sapkota, UK
FINALIST: ‘Is it just lunch?’ – Kevin McCoy, USA
FINALIST: ‘In and Out’ – Kalindi Fonda, Slovenia
The International Year of Soils 2015 prize
Soil is irreplaceable! It can take up to 1,000 years to produce just 2-3 cm of soil, and yet up to 50,000 square kilometres of soil, an area around the size of Costa Rica, is lost every year due to deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices, overgrazing and climate change. 11 hectares of soil are sealed under expanding cities every hour in Europe. 2015 was the International Year of Soils, and the United Nations (UN) wants us all to think more about the profound importance of soil in our lives.
Why does soil matter? The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), says soil is key to the planet’s long-term healthy future because:
- Healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production: it is estimated that 95% of our food is directly or indirectly produced on our soils.
- Soils are the foundation for vegetation which is cultivated or managed for feed, fibre, fuel and medicinal products.
- Soils support our planet’s biodiversity and they host a quarter of the total. Soil is one of nature’s most complex ecosystems and is teeming with life: it contains a myriad of organisms which interact and contribute to the global cycles that make life possible. There are more organisms in one tablespoon of healthy soil than there are people on earth.
- Soils help to combat and adapt to climate change by playing a key role in the carbon cycle: soils capture carbon and so reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Soils store and filter water, improving our resilience to floods and droughts.
- Soil is a non-renewable resource – soil that is lost cannot be replaced during a human lifespan. Its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future.
Despite the vital role soil plays, we take it for granted. With a global population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, soils are under pressure of intensification and competing uses of forestry, cropping, pasture and urbanization to satisfy the demands of a growing population for food, energy and raw materials. Already one third of global soil is moderately to highly degraded through erosion, salinization, compaction, acidification, chemical pollution and nutrient depletion, and time is running out. If we go on neglecting the importance of soil, and looking after it, we will not be able to meet the needs of future generations.
Films in this category will address some or all of the following questions/themes:
- Soil is a precious and irreplaceable resource
- How do soils sustain life? (you may want to focus on one or more of the points above)
- What can people/society/your friends do to preserve soil?
- Are you and your friends already doing something to preserve soil? Do you know someone who is? What are they doing?
- Soils are under increasing pressure to satisfy the demands of a growing population: how can we reverse the trend of soil degradation while ensuring current and future global food security?
- Soils in the city
WINNER: ‘High Time’ – Sujan Dhungana and Bharat Khanal, Nepal
FINALIST: ‘Mitti (Soil)’ – Arjunraj Natarajan, India
FINALIST: ‘The Earthworm’s Superheroes’ – Sudan Bhandari and Mohan Khanal, Nepal
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