With more than 170 countries signing the Paris Climate Change Agreement in April, the momentum for climate action is finally global and ambitious.
While to many the climate debate may seem remote from daily life, the small decisions that we all can make – how much water we use, the products we buy, how we vote – are personal and possible. And they become easier the more we are aware of the consequences.
Already much of society is choosing to engage in a climate-friendly economy, to invest in renewables, conserve energy, and promote climate-smart agriculture and resource conservation. Cities and the private sector are shifting their behavior, building resilience to climate impacts and putting a price on carbon pollution.
But the poorest in the world do not even have the luxury of choice. For them, climate change is an immediate, life-threatening danger. Striking images and personal stories help us understand the need for immediate action – by all of us, at all levels.
The World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate program, with the direct support of Vulcan Productions, the Italian energy company Enel and The Global Brain are offering filmmakers the chance to tell these stories and to create messaging that will impact us all and spur action. Partnering with the United Nations and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco the climate solutions and actions depicted in these films will be celebrated at the United Nations COP22 Climate Summit in Marrakesh in November.
The Film4Climate Global Video Competition is open to all, between the ages of 14 – 35, to submit short film up to 5 minutes in length, or Public Service Advertisements up to 60 seconds long anytime between June 20 and September 15, 2016. Submissions are accepted through film4climate.net.