Two young climate activists from India and Morocco, who tell their inspiring stories of climate action and the importance of conservation, have been selected as the winners of the 2017 Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change.
The winners, chosen through online public voting, are Adarsh Prathap from India for the category "Oceans and climate change” and Younes Lamsaoui from Morocco for the category “Climate friendly and resilient cities.” They will travel to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany in November and will work with the UN Climate Change secretariat’s communications team in covering highlights of the meeting.
The video “Let mangroves recover” by Adarsh Prathap underlines the importance of mangroves and shows how their conservation can save thousands of lives. His video, concluding with “sometimes nature is the only answer,” sends a strong message on the significance of this ecosystem for the region for saving its vulnerable coastline.
In his 3-minute entry, Younes Lamsaoui introduces his home city and host of last year’s UN Climate Change Conference, Marrakech. The video “Turning green” highlights how the “red city” is responding to the challenges of climate change and how he is contributing to this transition. As a young primary school teacher, he is educating the next generation on how to help make their city greener and live sustainably.
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said:
In Bonn, governments will advance work that is key to unlocking the full potential of the Paris Agreement. These negotiations must move forward with the well-being of all people in mind and with an understanding that action is happening around the world, but needs to go Further, Faster, Together. Our video competition is shedding a light on the many ways that young people are working towards a low-emission future that is resilient in the face of climate impacts.
“Indeed these films underline that young people are very much part of the action agenda across communities and countries. I call on governments, the UN system and other partners to provide more encouragement and support so as to unleash the full potential of youth to deliver positive change,” she added.
Two-hundred and forty-seven films from 94 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, were submitted by young people between the ages of 18 and 30.
The competition was launched by the UN Climate Change secretariat’s “Action for Climate Empowerment” initiative, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme, which is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and Television for the Environment (tve).
Watch the video by Adarsh Prathap:
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All of the entries to the competition can be viewed at
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Banner image: The two winners of the 2017 Global Youth Video Competition: Adarsh Prathap and Younes Lamsaoui