Voices4Climate Competition Winners Announced

Winners of the Voices4Climate competition, which was organized by Connect4Climate (C4C) in collaboration with MTV and TerrAfrica, were announced at a gathering that attracted hundreds of people in Washington last week.

Stephon Gabriel’s “A Changing World,” with its message to “rise up, unite up, to help this earth be how she used to be,” was selected as the overall winning music video from more than 1000 entries from 116 countries. He was one of 19 young people from 14 countries who received prizes in the Voices4Climate competition for their photographs, videos, music videos, and podcasts about climate change. Winners of the competition came from Bangladesh, Colombia, Croatia, France, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Applauding the winners at the event, “Connect4Climate: Right Here, Right Now,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim encouraged young people from around the world to take an active role in helping to combat the threat of climate change.

“To deliver bold solutions on climate change, we need to listen to and engage broader and more diverse audiences,” said President Kim. “We need to hear the voices of young people. Their futures are at stake. The time for all generations to act is now.”

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Voices4Climate competition entry “Looking for water” in Kenya by Oyugih Oyugy.

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Yacouba Sawadogo, a 60 year-old Burkinabe farmer who has led an economic and environmental transformation in his community’s corner of the Sahel by replanting his own forest. He is known as “The Man Who Stopped the Desert,” as in the title of a 2011 documentary on his 38 years of recreating the forest. Photo: Andrea Borgarello/TerrAfrica.

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“A Day At The Office” by Joana Simões Piedade, for the Jobs & the Green Economy category of Voices4Climate.
The caption explains, “More than 20.5 millions of the Mozambique’s people live in the coastal areas, with coral reef, sandy beaches, estuaries and mangroves. The life of those families depend on the natural resources, making them and the landscape highly vulnerable to tropical cyclones and the sea level rise.”

 

Connect4Climate (C4C) is a global partnership dedicated to climate change communication and action and was launched by the World Bank, the Italian Ministry of Environment, and the Global Environment Facility in 2011. With a coalition of more than 150 partners and on online community of nearly half a million followers, C4C is helping, through social media and the web, to amplify voices of local stakeholders who have stories to tell about climate change.

Connect4Climate and TVN Media Group, in partnership with leading media networks and academic institutions, also launched their latest competition i°Change: a new global competition for the best original video message that addresses climate change issues and action. Students from universities worldwide are invited to participate. Donald Ranvaud, chair of the jury and producer of such notable films as City of God, The Constant Gardener,and Farewell My Concubine launched the new competition at the event. Winners will receive a scholarship, recognition at the Grand Prix of Advertising in Milan, and exposure at film festivals in Cannes, New York, and Beijing.

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