02 Oct The Winners of the United Nations COP21 Youth Climate Video Competition
Saraswati Upadhaya from Nepal and Charles Batte from Uganda have just won the 2015 Global Youth Video Competition. This first edition was launched by Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE), UNFCCC secretariat, in partnership with Televisionfor the Environment (TVE) and supported by the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme, which is run by the United Nations Environment Programme. The competition aimed to spotlight climate action videos by a number of young people, in the hope of prompting other young people, as well as political officials, to be just as active. Young people between the ages of 18 and 30, and from 60 different countries, were called upon to participate.
The winners, Saraswati Upadhaya from Nepal and Charles Batte from Uganda, will travel to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015 and work with the communications team of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in covering highlights of the meeting.
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said she wanted “to congratulate the winners and thank all the young people who sent in videos showcasing all the rich and fascinating ways in which they are taking concrete action in their communities. 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 before the inking of a new agreement into a climate safe century.”
The video “Small Efforts for Big Change” by Saraswati Upadhaya shows the vulnerability of regions in Nepal that need to deal with the impacts of climate change such as diminishing water supplies, and how local communities deal with the problem. The young activist also highlights her efforts to communicate her knowledge of climate change to children at local schools.
In his video, Charles Batte portrays the “Tree Adoption Uganda” project which helps to combat climate change through tree planting. The project involves individual companies planting trees and provides employment for youth.
All of the video entries can be viewed on TVE’s YouTube channel.