Youth in 70 countries are calling for climate action with more than 230 documentaries. The response to the Action4Climate competition has been overwhelming.
The competition closed April 1, and the Connect4Climate team worked hard to compile a trailer of some incredible entries received from around the world, from Kiribati to Uganda, Brazil to the Netherlands.
Lucia Grenna, Connect4Climate Program Manager, explains, “It is a story of drought in Sub-Saharan Africa, floods in Southeast Asia, extreme weather and regret from the Philippines. It is a story of advancing climate solutions. There is a face to be shown and a story to be told. Our commitment is to empower youth, share their experience and solutions, and bring local stories to a global audience.”
The winner of the Action4Climate competition will be celebrated in October 2014 after the renowned Action4Climate jury, led by Italian film director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci, has reviewed the films. Winning entries will receive up to $15,000 and thirty finalists will receive Vimeo Plus accounts.
Leaders of the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations, and finance ministers for various governments watched the trailer at the meeting on Climate Change Economics during the Spring Meetings at the World Bank. “We are here all together because we know that the world needs to fight climate change with much, much greater seriousness,” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said at the meeting.
In the Action4Climate trailer, Kim adds, "We have got to get serious, we have to connect on an emotional level. The young people here today know that they are going to be living in a time that's unrecognisable today. We have to listen to them; we have to listen to the scientists. But we have to connect."