Winners of 2019 Global Youth Video Competition
UN Climate Change Media Alert: Winners of 2019 Global Youth
Video Competition Announced - Videos Show Inspiring Stories
of Local Climate Action
New York, 21 September 2019 – Young people from Portugal, Brazil and the United States are being celebrated as the winners of the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition for telling inspiring stories of local climate action that can be scaled up and replicated around the world.
In advance of this year’s edition of the Global Youth Video Competition, over 400 videos were submitted by young people between the ages of 18 and 30 from 114 countries, focusing on the issues of cities and local action to combat climate change, nature-based solutions for food and human health and balancing the use of land for people and ecosystems.
The winners were announced at the UN
Secretary-General’s Youth Climate Summit in New York.
Speaking at the event Niclas Svenningsen, Manager with
Global Climate Action at UN Climate Change said:
“The Global Youth Video Competition is turning the spotlight on action taken by youth around the world. Now more than ever, we need to engage youth in the international discussions. Their voices need to be heard at the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit and beyond.”
The winners, chosen through online public voting, are Raquel Gaião Silva from Portugal with her video "Ocean Alive", Rafael Forsetto and Kiane Assis from Brazil with the video "What is Agroecology", and Callie Broaddus from USA for her video "Reserva: The Youth Land Trust".
The 2019 Competition was organized jointly by the three Rio Conventions, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility-United Nations Development Programme Small Grants Programme and the BNP Paribas Foundation. The competition was implemented through the Television for Environment (tve) platform.
Winners will travel to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago de Chile, Chile, in December, where they will attend the Global Youth Video Competition Award Ceremony, among other events.
The winning video entries can be
seen in the relevant UN Climate Change news article.
Category 1: Cities and local action to combat climate change
The video by Raquel Gaião Silva presents the efforts made by the Portuguese NGO “Ocean Alive” to protect the seagrass meadows in Setúbal. The video describes how volunteers collaborate with marine scientists to learn about biodiversity and the scientific protocols for environmental quality assessments. “Ocean Alive” works to educate students and the local fishing community, in order to promote behavior change, reduce destructive fishing, and protect the seagrass meadows.
Category 2: Nature-based solutions for food and human health
In their 3-minute entry, Rafael Forsetto and Kiane Assis define agroecology and show how it has become part of the culture for farmers in Paraná, Brazil. These farmers avoid pesticides and seek to increase biodiversity and reduce the ecological impact of their agricultural practices. Through the Latin American School of Agroecology, they work to share their knowledge and good practices.
Category 3: Balancing use of land for people and ecosystems
The video by Callie Bradous describes how she and her sister set up “The Youth Land Trust” to protect Ecuadorian forests. They aim to empower young people around the world and create the first entirely youth-funded nature reserve. Callie strongly believes that if young people are given the adequate platform, they can bring the planet back into balance.
More information on the 2019 winners can be found here.
About the UNFCCC
With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global average temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.
See also: http://unfccc.int