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During the COP22 negotiations, a global video competition, Film4Climate, gathered cinema lovers to discuss the effects of climate change on people’s lives all over the world and granted awards to directors and students who spread the message about the need to protect the environment.

Film4Climate jury and winners
Film4Climate jury and winners

How to use the big screen to spread a global message about climate change and its effects? In 2016, during the preparations for the COP22 in Marrakesh, the World Bank launched a film competition for Young directions. The result was Film4Climate, a side event of the COP which received over 860 subscriptions from 155 countries.

Before the award ceremony, the event offered a special screening of “Before the Flood”, a film presented and produced by Leonardo di Caprio, and “Years of living dangerously”, with Gisele Bundchen and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Both movies were pungent and provoked passionate discussions among the participating panelists. Personalities and intellectuals including Brazilian film-maker Fernando Meirelles, actor Christopher Lambert, and Columbia professor Jeffrey Sacks defended the role of cinema as a tool for change for the better. “We need to get actors, media, youth and audiences together around this battle. People who can reach, inspire and educate, so we will be able to promote change now”, said professor Sacks.

“Before the Flood”, a didactic and yet emotional film, portrayed Leonardo di Caprio’s personal story and his early connection with “The garden of Earthly Delights”, a triptych painted by the Dutch Hieronymus Bosch that shows three stages of the world: “paradise” as created by God, earth being dominated by greed and pleasures, and “final damnation”, depicting destruction and chaos. “I had the painting hanged over my bed. That is maybe the reason I became fascinated by species disappearing”, says Leonardo. In the movie, he travels the world showing the social and environmental effects of climate change, in an effort to take people to action – the core message of COP22. Leonardo interviews personalities like Pope Francis, Barack Obama and Ban ki Moon to show that spiritual and political leaders are engaged in the cause.

In “Years of Living Dangerously”, Gisele Bundchen shows the extent of deforestation in Brazil and its intrinsic connections with cattle farming, while Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses the American military efforts to develop clean energy facilities on a global scale, and the challenges they have to face with the Congress. The message of the movie was clear: we, as citizens, can make the world a better place, either through our vote and citizenship, or by other simple actions like changing our consuming habits.

The screenings were followed by panel discussions with invited speakers, notably Hakima El Haite, Delegate Minister of Environment in Morocco and High Level Champion of UNFCCC. “Today, we are facing the most challenging crisis for humanity, and we are asking people to change everything: the way they consume, produce and build. That’s why we need to touch the hearts of people, so we create a revolution of the brain”, she said, stressing that media and cinema are “keys” for this revolution.

The Short Film prize went to “Three Seconds”, from Spencer Sharp, a clip-like video narrated on hip hop rhythms about the effects of human presence on Earth. “We need public policies to change the world. But politicians are elected by people, and we can engage voters with emotions, with our films”, said director Fernando Meirelles, a member of the jury.

Film4Climate is a global campaign of Connect4Climate and World Bank which aims to develop a concrete plan to raise awareness about climate change through cinema, while mitigating the environmental impact of film. The winning entries were awarded cash prizes of USD$8,000, $5,000, and $2,000 for first, second and third, in each of two categories: an under one-minute Public Service Advertisement (PSA) or a Short Film up to five minutes.

Written by Vívian Soares

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If you read the blog post about it, you’re aware that the Horyou Team was about to take part in “The Meal.” This very concrete initiative had several goals. On a local scale, it allowed the different organizations to meet and exchange ideas. A was kind of a cocktail party for non-profits with a real coherence. The event occurred in 54 cities the same day.

Michel Baumann is the founder of this initiative, and the Horyou Team Geneva had the opportunity to meet him while volunteering at the event. What a guy! “Thanks Life” was his favorite phrase when it came to speak about the happy coincidence of his meeting us. An interview of Mr. Baumann will be available online soon – stay tuned.

The Horyou Team volunteered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it was a great pleasure to build our team that way. Meeting all those various local organizations in person, instead of speaking only through email or by phone, was also refreshing.

In Yaoundé, our dear Blaise-Pascal Tanguy took over the participation of Horyou and recruited several members of the Cameroon contingent. In Paris, several members of our team participated as well. The common impression about the event was that it was truly interesting It comprised making lot of contacts and many talks, and it provided a better understanding of who’s doing what and where.

This is reflected on the Horyou platform, which familiarizes understanding of the non-profit sector and facilitates contact between non-profits.

Next step for Horyou Team: SIGEF 2014. Can’t wait!

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Breaking News!

The Horyou Team is happy to announce that the final deadline for “Call for Projects” is October 10, 2014. Spread the word! We welcome all social entrepreneurs with positive projects to participate.

If you are interested, register your project at Horyou and apply online at: SIGEF 2014 Projects

Once the application is complete, share your project with your friends, family, supporters and the whole world.

Two awards will be granted:

  • Prix du Public will be chosen by SIGEF 2014 attendees and participants. The selected project will receive CHF 8,000.
  • Coup d’Coeur will be chosen by the SIGEF 2014 organizing team. The selected project will receive CHF 2,500.

Let us know if you have any questions. See you at SIGEF 2014!

Cheers. The Horyou Team

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