Connect 4 Climate Launches Voices 4 Climate Competition!

At this time last year, theC4C team was busily preparing to launch our first Connect4Climate competition aimed at engaging African youth on climate issues and challenging them to tell their personal climate stories through photos and videos. After receiving more than 700 submissions from every African country on the continent, we landed in Durban, South Africa to showcase and celebrate the winners at the UN Climate Change Conference/COP17 last November.

The tremendous response from young people all over Africa who wanted to share their stories and experiences led us to wonder – “what would happen if we extended that engagement to a global scale?” After months of planning, we are happy to announce a new, global competition in search of powerful young voices on climate change- an issue that many say is the most urgent environmental challenge of this generation. We want to hear how you, your community, and your country are affected by it, and your ideas for concrete action.

Starting today, Connect4Climate, in collaboration with MTV and TerrAfrica, invites you to enter Voices4Climate, our latest competition for the best climate photos, videos, music videos, and podcasts.

In the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 18) in Qatar this December 2012, the Voices4Climate Competition invites young people from all over the world to submit photos, videos, music videos, and podcasts that tell powerful climate change stories. Start shooting, snapping, reporting, and rapping and tell us: how is climate change affecting your country? Your community? You, your friends, and your family?  Do you have a cool idea for a local solution?

Each photo, video, or music video entry must tell a climate change story related to one of these eight categories: 1) Agriculture, 2) Cities, 3) Energy, 4) Forests, 5) Gender, 6)Health, 7) Jobs and the Green Economy, and 8) Water. Check out one of last year’s video winners below from Kenya, “Me and My Bike,” for inspiration:

This year, we are introducing a special podcast competition category in partnership with TerrAfrica– an African-driven global partnership program that aims to address land degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa . All entries to the TerrAfrica Podcast Story category must tell an African land degradation or sustainable land and water management story.

Winning entries will be featured at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP18) in Doha, Qatar in December 2012. Music video winners will be invited to spend a day with MTV editors in New York or London and have their music video featured on MTV’s Voices platform; TerrAfrica Podcast Story winners will be invited to Doha to cover the climate conference for TerrAfrica Green Radio.

Get your creative juices flowing and send us your submissions soon.  All entries must be received by 11:59pm EST, October 15, 2012. Share your stories now for a chance to win cool prizes and the chance to travel to New York, London, or Doha!

For more information about the competition and rules, please click here. Your Facebook account logins are required to complete your submission. If you do not have a Facebook account, get one free here.

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