Funding brief: The Global Youth Video Competition is co-organized by the GEF-UNDP Small Grants Programme, and the secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Are you 18-30 and inspired to save the planet?
Submit a 3 minute video for a chance to be a youth reporter at the UN Climate Conference in Chile in December 2019.
We don’t always think about nature, but it is essential for all life on earth, including human life. Healthy soils, forests, rivers and oceans, biodiverse habitats and ecosystems and a good climate are very important for providing a planet which can successful support human society.
We are not separate from the earth’s natural systems, we’re part of them!
The ways we grow our food, the increase in cities and the waste we produce are all harming the planet’s natural systems and reducing the earth’s ability to support human society. By protecting the earth’s climate, biodiversity, forests, habitats, land, and oceans we can also help make human society more resilient and prosperous
More information about the categories:
● Balancing use of land for people and ecosystems
Healthy land-based ecosystems – forests, drylands, wetlands– are vital to all life on earth. We need a rich land able to produce good food and absorb carbon, forests to prevent erosion and help regulate the climate, and diverse balanced ecosystems to maintain the life on land.
But the use of unsustainable land management techniques, over-cultivation or overgrazing is degrading the land, leading to soil erosion and desertification, and reducing the ability of nature to support life on the planet.
More sustainable ways of growing and consuming food and preserving natural habitats could help us secure our food and water supplies, prevent land degradation, mitigate the effects of drought and protect nature at the same time.
Submit videos that showcase balancing use of land for people and ecosystems
Actions could include:
Restoring and protecting landscape and forests
Protecting wildlife and habitats
Reducing emissions by engaging in sustainable consumption
Promoting the use of sustainable land management techniques, both traditional and innovative
Rehabilitating land that has been degraded
Supporting indigenous groups to protect their communal lands
Supporting sustainable food growing systems to improve the land and its biodiversity
Sharing successful strategies and training new generations to develop sustainable solutions
Campaigning to produce behavioural change
● Cities and local action to combat climate change
How we live and work together in communities and cities can have a huge impact in tackling climate change. Energy efficient buildings, low carbon public transport and encouraging cycling and walking are essential to cutting CO2 emissions. Greening cities with parks and gardens reduces CO2 and helps cool urban areas and reduce flooding. Thinking and acting at a local level helps communities fight climate change and build resilience to climate impacts. For instance, producing goods and food locally can lower the cost of transportation, reduce waste and help local economies.
We are looking for videos that showcase fantastic ideas that have already been implemented into concrete actions both in cities and locally which mitigate and/or help communities adapt to climate change. What we’re most interested in seeing are videos that demonstrate inspirational actions taken by youth to combat climate change regardless of where you come from or whether you have access to state of the art equipment.
Submit videos that showcase actions in cities and local which mitigate and adapt to climate change
Actions could include:
Campaigning to produce behavioral change
Developing more sustainable commuting
Producing products and food locally
Reducing the use of energy in buildings
Local solutions for sustainable energy access and transformation
Creating wealth from waste
Reclaiming green spaces
Implementing the sharing economy
Providing services to people affected by climate change
● Nature-based solutions for food and human health
The natural world – land, forests, habitats and ecosystems – support all life on the planet. Our food systems, nutrition, and health depend biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. However, our food systems are the greatest drivers of biodiversity loss.
In the last 100 years, more than 90 percent of crop varieties have disappeared from farmers’ fieldshalf of the breeds of many domestic animals have been lost all of the world’s 17 main fishing grounds are now being fished at or above their sustainable limits. locally-varied food production systems are under threat, including related indigenous, traditional and local knowledge.
With this decline, agrobiodiversity is disappearing, and also essential knowledge of traditional medicine and local foods. Loss of diversity in our food systems contribute to malnutrition and unhealthy diets which are major risk factors of noncommunicable diseases such as heart diseases and Type II diabetes.
We need to mobilize and catalyse action around our concerns on health, nutrition, and food systems, and to raise awareness on how to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity for our well-being. Protecting biodiversity is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, including those related to hunger, poverty and health.
We can live more climate friendly lifestyles if we manage our natural resources sustainably, and be more energy and resource efficient during the entire life-cycle of the goods we consume.
Submit videos that showcase nature based solutions for food and human health
Actions could include:
Producing locally-varied fruit and vegetables
Buying more organic and seasonal foods
Reducing food waste and composting your food scraps
Reducing the use of pesticides and fertilizers
Protecting local pollinators
Building more habitat in your gardens and community
Working with local communities and learning about traditional knowledge
Campaigning to produce behavioural change related to eating or consumption habits (at school etc.)
Reducing food packaging by using reusable bags or reusing glass jars or containers
Avoiding single-use plastics like plastic straws, coffee cups, plastic cutlery, take out containers or plastic water bottle
Donor Name: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Funding name: Global Youth Video Competition 2019
Deadline: Submit by 28th, July, 2019 at 11pm GMT
Funding details link: Click to view
● Round-trip travel to UN Climate Conference COP 25 in Chile in December 2019
● Assignment as a youth reporter to assist with videos, articles and social media posts from the COP
● Winning and finalist films shown at UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New York in September
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Project duration: N//A
Eligible organization: As below
● You must be between 18 and 30 on the closing date
● Your video must be a maximum of three minutes
● Your video must be in English or have English subtitles
● You must be free and available to travel to Chile in December 2019
Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)
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How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).
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