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Participate in the 2018 edition of the Global Youth Climate Video Competition, an international competition open to youth acting for climate

  • 26.07.2018

You are between 18 and 30 years old and would like to showcase your commitment for climate? Participate in the Global Youth Video Competition organized by UN Climate Change and Television for Environment (tve) and supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation since 2017. The initiative, which is in its 4th edition, aims to highlight, through 3-minute short videos, climate action being taken by youth in the following categories: “responsible production and consumption” and “green and climate-friendly jobs”. Youth from all over the world can apply until the 31st of August. The prize will be a round trip to attend the COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December.

An international video competition to promote sustainable development in the creative industry 

The Global Youth Video Competition aims to highlight youth initiatives for the climate on the following themes: “responsible production and consumption” and “green and climate-friendly jobs”. These two categories are related to two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): no. 12, “Responsible Production and Consumption” and no. 8, “Decent work and economic growth”. 

Why should the youth be encouraged to do video making? Climate change is a real threat impacting populations, their means of subsistence, the environment and the economy. Communication is undoubtedly one of the most powerful tools to favor a better comprehension of the consequences of climate change, while motivating the will to take climate action.

Thus, in the frame of this video competition, for the “responsible production and consumption” category, videos can include initiatives to:

  1. Reduce unnecessary consumption, 
  2. Decrease emissions during the lifecycle of goods, 
  3. Promote sustainable fashion,
  4. Encourage the sharing economy and reuse of goods and materials. 

As for the “green and climate friendly jobs” category, submissions can include videos on work or entrepreneurship that contributes to a healthy economy and addresses climate change.

How can you participate?

You should be between 18 and 30 years old

The video must be in English or with English subtitles

The maximum length of the video is 3 minutes

Check if you are available to travel to Poland in December 2018

Please submit your proposal by August 31st 2018 – 11:00 PM GMT

A unique opportunity to attend the Conference of Parties (COP 24) in Poland 

In this competition, two participants will be selected as winners to attend the Conference of Parties (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018. At the Conference, the videos will be showcased in front of a global audience and the winners will have the opportunity to work with UN Climate Change’s communications team covering highlights of the meeting.

It is in the frame of the 3rd edition of the Global Youth Video Competition that the BNP Paribas Foundation participated in COP23 in Bonn. Last year, two young people from India and Morocco won the Global Youth Video Competition for their films on how they are tackling climate change. The winner of the “Oceans and Climate Change” category is Adarsh Prathap. This young Indian made a film called “Let Mangroves Recover” to show why it is important to preserve these ecosystems protecting the lives of thousands of people. While mangroves are natural barriers for coastal areas and home to species that form part of the livelihood of local populations, they are threatened by urbanization and intensive aquaculture. Younes Lamsaoui, a young teacher in Morocco, was the winner of the “Climate Friendly and Resilient Cities” category. In his video entitled “Turning Green”, he explained how he devotes part of his classroom time to teaching his students about his home town Marrakesh’s ecological transition and how they can be part of it by minimizing the city’s ecological footprint.

A partnership in line with the BNP Paribas Foundation’s commitment towards climate change

The BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting climate-change research since 2010, through its Climate Initiative program. Climate change being undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced, it is more important than ever to mobilize all actors in order to advance environmental research. Thus, to this day, the BNP Paribas Foundation has supported 18 research teams with a budget of EUR 12 million. Thanks to the Climate initiative projects, awareness on climate change has been raised among more than 260 000 persons. The BNP Paribas Foundation is committed much like the overall BNP Paribas Group towards youth and wishes to demonstrate this commitment by highlighting such initiatives through the competition. 

  • Patricia Espinosa

    UN Climate Change Executive Secretary

    "Today’s youth are different than any generation that has come before. Since birth, they have learned words such as global warming, melting glaciers, sea rise and extreme weather. But they have also heard words such as electric cars, wind farms, renewable energy, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement. Youth are important agents of change, who are key to accelerating climate action. Youth have the influence, and they have the numbers."

Photo header ©Thomas Schweighofer

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