The World Bank, in collaboration with more than 30 global partners, has launched Connect4Climate — a campaign, a competition, and a community that cares about climate change.
The campaign kicked off two weeks ago with a photo/video competition for people aged 13 to 35, which is designed to raise awareness about climate change.
“The Connect4Climate competition is a chance to tap the rich potential of Africa’s youth – offering them a platform via our websites and Facebook pages – not only to articulate the challenges of climate change seen from their perspective, but also to use their enormous potential as agents of social change to raise awareness and mobilize for climate adaptation and mitigation within Africa,” said Obiageli Ezekwesili, Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa Region.
Through photos and videos of 60 seconds or less, those entering the Connect4Climate competition are encouraged to answer the question: ‘What does climate change mean to you, your family, your community, your country?
Participants in the competition are invited to share their personal stories and solutions for change in six Connect4Climate award categories: 1) Agriculture; 2) Energy; 3) Forests; 4) Gender; 5) Health; and 6) Water. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2011.
Winners will be announced at the December 2011 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP17) in Durban, South Africa. Prizes will include solar backpacks, video cameras, and computer tablets. The best entries will be featured in an exhibition at the conference.
Supporting both the competition and the campaign are more than 30 Connect4Climate partners, including international organizations, social media networks, UN agencies, NGOs, academic institutions, as well as civil society, private sector, public sector, and youth organizations.
As the competition gains momentum, the connections made through Facebook and the images and videos uploaded on the website will jumpstart a global exchange amongst young activists with a passion for the environment and development.
Follow C4C on http://twitter.com/connect4climate
Edited: G. Cornwell
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