WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 – The global partnership program Connect4Climate has joined forces with Vimeo to promote the creative contents generated by Connect4Climate’s Action4Climate competition and spearhead the climate change conversation.
Dedicated to driving climate action in local communities, the Action4Climate video contest asked young aspiring filmmakers worldwide, ages 14 to 35, to produce and submit a 1-12 minute video documentary telling a story about climate change, solutions for change, and ideas for solving the climate challenge.
The contest, which closed on April 1 and received over 230 submissions from around the world, is now in the hands of its renowned jury lead by Italian film director and screenwriter, Bernardo Bertolucci.
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.”
Vimeo has come on board as the preferred video platform partner of the competition. As part of the partnership Vimeo will promote the best videos through the platform’s social channels and provide thirty finalists with Vimeo Plus accounts to be awarded at the upcoming Action4Climate Award Ceremony in October 2014.
“Video is a powerful medium for driving awareness on a global scale and we’re excited to be working with Connect4Climate and to support the call for climate solutions around the world,” said Vimeo President Dae Mellancamp.
Connect4Climate aims to raise global consciousness about climate change in line with the World Bank’s twin mission to end extreme poverty within a generation and boost shared prosperity. As World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has said, “We will never end poverty if we don’t tackle climate change.” Today, the World Bank Group is helping 130 countries take action on climate change in a variety of ways: From replacing 45 million inefficient light bulbs in Mexico, to providing solar energy for 1.4 million homes in Bangladesh.
Connect4Climate is a campaign, a coalition and a community dedicated to driving global action on climate change, connecting and amplifying climate initiatives and activities, and creating social currency and political capital for climate action. It works with more than 180 partner organizations around the world, and is funded by the World Bank, the Italian Ministry of the Environment and the Global Environment Facility.
Vimeo® is the high-quality video platform for creators and their audiences. Its mission is to empower and inspire people around the world to create, share and discover videos. Vimeo has over 26 million registered members and reaches a global monthly audience of more than 168 million. Founded in 2004 and based in New York City, Vimeo, LLC is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). Its PLUS accounts offer five gigabytes of storage per week, faster video conversion, unlimited, high-definition upload and embed, along with advanced player customization and statistics. They are designed as the ultimate video solution for video enthusiasts and independent professionals.