ACTNOWFILM! A COP26 YOUTH VOICES PROJECT

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ActNowFilm features young people from around the world talking about their lived experiences of climate change, their hopes and fears, their climate pledges, and their demands of the COP Negotiators.

The film was produced by the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Cambridge Zero, as part of the COP26 Universities Network, and supported by the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC).

Events for ActNowFilm

ActNowFilm Showcase at COP26

ActNowFilm Trailer featured at events leading up to COP26:

The Making of ActNowFilm

ActNowFilm is a COP26 Youth Voices Project

In November 2021, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Glasgow – also known as COP26. 

The COP26 summit will bring together international government negotiators, decision-makers and policymakers to discuss how they should accelerate action towards stopping climate change.

From small island states to countries with rapidly growing urban areas, representatives from 197 countries are expected to join the summit.

We wanted to give you, the young people living across the planet, the opportunity to tell these decision-makers, in your own words, why stopping climate change is important to you - the future generations. And everyone’s voice matters.

To do this we curated a short film compiled of youth voices from around the world that will genuinely outline how climate change is affecting you, what you are campaigning for and what message you would like to tell to climate negotiators at COP26. Working with a student team we produced the ActNowFilm which will be showcased to the climate negotiators, policymakers, academics, and the public during COP26. Cut-down versions of the ActNowFilm were also shown at the following events: Global Alliance of Universities on Climate Youth Summit; COP15 on Biodiversity; and Climate Week NYC.

Watch the trailer for ActNowFilm

Here’s a short trailer to tell you more about ActNowFilm, and how submissions were received:

Social Media Links for ActNowFilm

ActNowFilm Team

The ActNowTeam includes colleagues from the Cambridge Zero, The Institute for Policy Research at The University of Bath, colleagues from GAUC, and a large student team from across the world. We are grateful to all volunteers who have made this project happen.

Katie Parker:

Katie Parker is a Project Manager who brings her knowledge of sustainability consultancy, in-house sustainability leadership, management consultancy and marketing to the project.

 

 

Amy Munro-Faure:

Amy is an Engagement Manager at Cambridge Zero, at the University of Cambridge. This unique role allows her to work on a wide variety of projects, ranging from student engagement on climate, the University’s own sustainability and engaging with local authorities on their climate priorities. Amy read Zoology as an undergraduate at Cambridge where she developed a passion for the natural world. She worked as a research assistant in Australia and Malaysian Borneo with the University of Exeter and the Tropical Biology Association.

Amy Thompson:

Amy T is Head of Policy Engagement and Communications at the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. Amy T brings to this project her experience from being a Co-Chair for Climate Exp0; public engagement on climate change, sustainability, the future of farming and protecting our oceans; a passion for effective policy engagement; and a genuine belief in listening to and working with young people.

 

*** Entries have now closed ***

How to submit your film entry for ages 16-30:

If you’re 18-30 years old, please submit your video of up to 2 minutes as a direct message to one of our social media accounts (scroll down the page for more details). To provide the best quality to your video, send it as a WeTransfer link which can be easily generated here. Alternatively, email your submission to info@zero.cam.ac.uk.

If you’re 16-17 you must fill out our consent form and have it signed by a parent or guardian; please submit this form and your 2-minute video submission as a WeTransfer Link by emailing info@zero.cam.ac.uk.

All received submissions must agree with our terms of reference.

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More details on how to submit your film entry

If you’re 18-30 years old, please submit your video of up to 2 minutes as a direct message to one of our social media accounts (scroll down the page for more details). To provide the best quality to your video, send it as a WeTransfer link which can be easily generated here. Alternatively, email your submission to info@zero.cam.ac.uk.

If you’re 16-17 you must fill out our consent form and have it signed by a parent or guardian; please submit this form and your 2-minute video submission as a WeTransfer Link by emailing info@zero.cam.ac.uk.

All received submissions must agree with our terms of reference.

Film clips should aim to answer the following questions, and we have indicated the approximate time to film for each question:

  1. Your first name, and country (5 seconds)
  2. Why is climate change important to you? (25 seconds)
  3. What is the most important change you think we need to make to address climate change? (25 seconds)
  4. Are you involved in a climate group or organisation? If so, what does it do/ what are you working on? (15 seconds). If you are not, please leave out this question.
  5. What pledge will YOU take to address climate change (25 seconds)
  6. What would you most like to say to the global decision-makers at COP? (25 seconds)

Top tips and technical specifications for your film clip

  1. Please shoot your film “landscape”.
  2. Please feel free to include, where relevant and where the footage will be enhanced, a mix of wide and close-up shots.
  3. Please aim to have no/minimal background noise.
  4. We’d love to see footage of you/ your group speaking, as well as footage that demonstrates what you’re working on, or talking about – e.g. a polluted or flooded river.
  5. If you can, please speak in English. If this is not possible, let us know what language you are speaking and subtitles will be used to cover non-English language sections. 
  6. If you or your organisation are in danger of persecution, please consider sending an ‘anonymised’ clip if you can do so safely – e.g., footage of your country / area, without you in it, without your name etc. It would be helpful to know what country you are sending it from, if possible.