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WATCH: Short climate change videos by youth win UN competition

/ 01:55 PM September 23, 2015

In a bid to promote climate change discussions among the youth, a United Nations secretariat, together with other groups, launched the 2015 Global Youth Video Competition on June 5.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat on Tuesday announced that two young environmental activists from Nepal and Uganda were chosen as winners.

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The competition, organized by the Action for Climate Empowerment, UNFCCC secretariat, in partnership with the Television for the Environment, received entries from young people ages 18 to 30 around the world. Youth from 60 countries participated.

“I am sure this, our first video competition on youth solutions to climate change, will contribute to growing world-wide momentum for change that is assisting to build confidence before Paris and will sweep us along beyond the inking of the new agreement into a climate safe century,” UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said in a statement congratulating the winners.

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Below are the videos of the two winners—Saraswati Upadhaya’s “Small Efforts for Big Change” tackles the pressing need to address climate change, which has affected the water supply in some communities in Nepal while Charles Batte’s “Tree Adoption Uganda” showcases a program engaging the youth in tree planting.

Winners of the contest are given the opportunity to attend the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris as youth reporters. They will be flown into France on November 30 to witness the climate change negotiations, which will end on December 11.

The COP21 aims to produce a legally binding agreement that will help limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Kristine Angeli Sabillo/RAM

The following two young environmental activists from Nepal and Uganda were chosen as winners and posted in the Youtube channel:

Saraswati Upadhaya’s “Small Efforts for Big Change” tackles the pressing need to address climate change, which has affected the water supply in some communities in Nepal.

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Charles Batte’s “Tree Adoption Uganda” showcases a program engaging the youth in tree planting.

Shortlisted entries were also posted in the Youtube channel:

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