Student Video Contest

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We now live in a world of over 7 billion people and demographers expect us to reach 9 billion by mid-century.

Human population growth exacerbates many of the innumerable challenges facing our global society.

Taking on these complex challenges and finding solutions will require understanding, cooperation and creativity.


Create a short video – up to 60 seconds – about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges: Sustaining Water Systems, Ensuring Economic Opportunities, Improving Climate Resiliency. All videos must include:

a) how population growth impacts the issue

b) at least one idea for a sustainable solution

Consider narrowing your focus by concentrating on a subtheme within your topic. Possible subthemes include:

  • Sustaining Water Systems – Agricultural pollution, aquifer depletion, sanitation infrastructure, waste disposal, modifying waterways (dams, levees), safe drinking water
  • Improving Climate Resiliency – Climate migrants, poor urban planning, extreme weather events, agricultural productivity, disease evolution, global inequity in climate adaptation
  • Ensuring Economic Opportunities – Gender wage gap, global wealth inequality, workers’ rights, poverty cycle, microfinance, green jobs


The contest is currently closed. Check back for new topics announced in September 2020 and the contest will run through February 2021.


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