In a bid to catch them young in finding solutions to the climate change challenge, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Wednesday May 10, 2017 opened a Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change and invite young people around the world to share what they are doing to combat climate change.
Two winners will get a trip to the UN Climate Change Conference in November (COP23), where they will join the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) communications team as videographers and reporters. The competition is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 30 and videos must be submitted by 18 August 2017.
Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson and Director of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be launching the Global Youth Video Competition for the third year running”.
“I am even more excited about viewing the video shorts that young people from across the globe will be making and sending in, in order to win a place at the UN climate conference in Bonn in November,” he said.
“With the Pacific island of Fiji presiding over the conference—COP23—I would like this year to especially urge young, creative people from small islands and vulnerable coastlines to get out their cameras and their smart-phones and submit cool, amazing and inspirational videos about how they and their communities are taking climate action,” added Mr. Nuttall.
“We are seeking to inspire collaboration and learning sharing stories presented by young people that could be of interest for their peers around the world,” said Angelica Shamerina, Program Advisor with the UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme, which is supporting the competition.
“For our programe, support of the young generation is a priority, especially on the issue of climate change given that the young people will face the most severe climate impacts and are the future leaders of efforts curb greenhouse emissions and build resilience,” she added.
The third Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change is co-organized by the United Nations Climate Change secretariat, the UNDP GEF-Small Grants Programme and will be implemented through the Television for the Environment (tve) platform.