Are you a young person acting to make the world a better place?

Earthbeat wants your stories on actions for a greener world

Create a short film, share it online, join the global conversation

Challenge Theme

"Restoring balance with nature"

Air, water, and food. Clothes, medication and materials for construction and appliances. Energy to warm us, cool us, transport us and power our communications. Leisure, culture and inspiration for art.  Think about it - all the essentials of life come from nature.

The Ecosphere is the zone of life on Earth. It is the atmosphere, the land, the oceans, forests, soils and all the amazing plants, animals and microbes living there. All these systems and the complex interactions between them, create the planetary environment where people thrive.

Whether rich or poor, urban or rural, connected or remote, all human society is entirely dependent on nature. Whoever and wherever we are in the world, our prosperity, health and security all depend on the Earth’s natural systems. But human activities are throwing nature out of balance, putting ourselves at risk.

Humans have created the linked environmental crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and land degradation. To be successful in restoring the health of the planet, we need to tackle all three emergencies together, and urgently. Earthbeat is partnering with three United Nations conventions, which are working with countries worldwide to agree global action to protect climate, biodiversity and land.

Requirements

  • Open to people aged 14–30

  • Films up to 3 minutes long

  • In English or English subtitles

  • Enter from any country

Schedule

05 Aug

Challenge opens for entries

30 Sept

Film entry closes

15 Oct

Streaming selected films

From 1 Nov

Festival of films at Climate COP and beyond.

5 Nov

Awarding Jury selections

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The challenge of climate change

Climate science shows that we need to keep new increases to global temperature below 1.5C, the safe upper limit.  To do this we must reduce carbon emissions by half by 2030, only 9 years away.

That’s a huge challenge, but much action has already started. For example, the growth of sustainable energy or the move to electric transport or community tree planting are some examples of the changes we need to make.

Urgent action is also needed to restore the planet's ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed.

We have to speed up our efforts and do much, much more – to reduce emissions, restore natural carbon storage and adapt to higher temperatures.

Everyone from multinational corporations to local communities to private individuals all have an important role to play.

We want your 3-minute video stories on what you are doing to meet the challenge of climate change in your communities.

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Protecting and restoring ecosystems

Protecting and restoring natural habitats and ecosystems is key for diversity of species and ecosystem services including regulating climate. Forests, mangroves, grasslands, croplands, peatlands, wetlands, inland waters and marine and coastal ecosystems give us food, recreation, fibre, clean air and water - they also store carbon and help protect against extreme weather like droughts and floods. It is crucial to preserve them.

Healthy ecosystems can provide reliable and cost-effective natural infrastructure. Coral reefs and mangroves protect coasts against flooding that are expected to increase with climate change. Urban greenery can collect surface water and support resilience against storms and erosion. Green infrastructure such as parks bring a better quality of life in cities.

Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems have a vital role to play in tackling climate change and in ensuring human health, well-being and security.

We want your 3-minute video stories on what you are doing to protect and restore biodiversity and ecosystems in rural, urban or peri-urban areas.

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Protecting and restoring land

Land is key to tackling climate change, protecting biodiversity, conserving ecosystems and growing the food we eat and the fibre for our clothes. Healthy land supports the trees, vegetation, micro-organisms, animals and the people living on it. Land and the life it supports store huge quantities of carbon and take it out of the atmosphere.

Land can be degraded through unsustainable agriculture management or changes in the climate. We now know that land restoration can help to turn even severely degraded land to be green and productive again.

Sustainable land management and restoration can protect land and bring benefits to ecosystems as well as farming, job creation and the reduction  of disaster risk.

Restoring the soils of degraded ecosystems can store up to 3 billion tons of carbon annually.

We want your 3-minute video stories on what you are doing to protect and restore land and soil and the life it supports.

Find our more about the sustainable development goals

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Coronavirus

Please keep safe when making your films. Do not take a risk with coronavirus. * keep distance * work outside if possible * do not directly pass items * wear a mask if necessary * wash hands and surfaces

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