Fijian Presidency Launches Global Video Competition to Collect Climate Stories Inspired by the Talanoa Dialogue

The Fijian COP23 Presidency, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is calling on storytellers from around the world to participate in a global video competition to collect climate change stories that highlight action being undertaken by individuals, organisations, governments and partnerships to curb the emissions that are warming our planet and build greater resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Anyone with a story to tell is welcome to participate. The winning videos will receive cash rewards and global exposure.

The competition, “Your Climate Change Story,” is inspired by the Talanoa Dialogue, a global process requested by Parties to the UNFCCC to take stock of collective efforts to reduce emissions and build greater resilience, in line with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, and to support the preparation of updated or new Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

At its core, the Talanoa Dialogue is about stories. To date, more than a thousand stories have been collected as part of the process, many of which detail innovative and inspiring action that is taking place on the ground. The Fijian Presidency wants to make sure stories like these are shared as widely as possible, in order to inspire others to action and to spread the message that, although time is running out, the target of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees above the temperature of the pre-industrial age is still obtainable.

To support this goal, the global video competition will enlist the creativity and passion of filmmakers and story tellers (you don’t have to be a professional filmmaker to participate!) to use the power of video to collect stories that respond to one of the three main questions of the Talanoa Dialogue – Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? Compelling and inspiring stories about the climate action being undertaken by governments, civil society groups, businesses, investors, the scientific community and others around the globe.

The Presidency is joining forces with the video crowdsourcing company Userfarm to engage its extensive global network of filmmakers. The competition will run until 22 November 2018 (updated on 16 November 2018), after which the Presidency will select five videos ranked from first place to fifth place. 1st place will be awarded €4,000; 2nd place €3,000; 3rd place €2,000; 4th place €2,000; and, 5th place €1,000.

More details about the competition, including the call to action and brief, can be found on the Userfarm website.

This project is supported by a donation from the Canadian Government.