Two talented youth from India and Mexico emerged winners of the 2018 Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change.
Winners 20-year Indian Vikas Yadav and 20-year Mexican Andrea Sofia Roseles Vega were shortlisted for the Green & Climate Friendly Jobs and Responsible Production & Consumption categories, respectively.
Yadav and Vega were chosen through online public vote and will be honored in a ceremony at the COP24 Hub on December 6, 2018. They will travel to Katowice for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) to be held in December 2018.
The young duo grabbed a rare chance of working with the UN Climate Change’s Global Climate Action Team in covering the conference highlights and report the proceedings to the global youth audience.
Vikas for ‘Go Green’
In his 3-minute video, Vikas takes viewers on a visit to rural India, where more than 70 percent of the population is engaged in agriculture. Since food is vulnerable to climate change, farmers share how innovative agricultural practices can play an important role in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Through his video, Vikas urges people to ‘Go Green’ by shifting to more natural growing and management techniques.
“These two young people and their videos are encouraging examples of the global climate action needed to address climate change. “I congratulate Sofia and Vikas, and I applaud all the entrants showcasing international youth’s essential response to climate change,” said Patricia Espinosa Executive Secretary, UN Climate Change.
The 2018 Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change received 300 entries from youth between 18-30 years in more than 100 countries from Ajerbaijan to Yemen.
Vega’s Eco Urban
Vega’s video describes the ‘Eco urban’ project and features how we can clean up urban areas while making a difference in people’s lives.
The project focuses on collecting and reusing waste including plastic and old clothes in a bid to clean up streets.
The video also showcases how people can raise funds by selling products made from recycled material. These funds are reinvested in collection centers while 60 percent is invested to fight childhood cancer.
Vega’s video ends with a powerful message, ‘the participants are ordinary people, making our world extraordinary!’
UN Climate Change and Television for Environment jointly organized the competition.