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Climate Change

Climate Change and How to Slow It Down

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Marius Vaitkevičius

Mazeikiu Gabijos Gimnazija, Mazeikiai, Lithuania

A False Reality

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Zach Gavin

Keene High School, Keene, NH

Climate Change – Bring Back The Color

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Skylar Laakso

Medfield High School, Medfield, MA

The Way We Love

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Georgia Carroll

Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore, MD

Global Poverty

The Poverty Trap

Tim Eddy headshot

Tim Eddy

Southern Cross K-12 School, Ballina East, New South Wales, Australia

One Penny, Two Penny

Juliet Gleason headshot

Juliet Gleason

Pullman High School, Pullman, WA

Two Dollars A Day

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Thaara Shankar

Sandy Spring Friends School, Sandy Spring, MD

Overpopulation = Poverty

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Simon Elischer

American International School of Lusaka,
Lusaka, Zambia

Water Sustainability

Every Drop Counts

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Kayla Briet

Cypress High School, Cypress, CA

Save Water, Save Our World

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Rachel Reichard

Mililani High School, Mililani, HI

Every Drop Counts

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Horace Mann School, New York City, NY

Start Without Them

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Griffin Powell

Fleming Island High School, Fleming Island, FL

Water: Privilege or Right?

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Andrew Demeter

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Chardon, OH




Tim Eddy, Spotlight on Climate Change,
Southern Cross K-12 School, East Ballina, NSW, Australia

Hannah Ryan, Save Our Planet,
American International School of Lusaka, Lusaka, Zambia

Ethan Godel, Greenhouse Gases in a World of 7 Billion,
Earl Haig Secondary School, North York, ON, Canada

Matthew Neal, Population and Climate: The ACE Response,
St. John’s School, Houston, TX

Edgar Diaz, Concerning Climate Change,
Engineering & Science University Magnet School, Hamden, CT

Ryan Plourde, Exponential Change,
Woodstock High School, Woodstock, IL



Kitty Kuo, Inequality In Wealth & Resources,
Kaohsiung American School, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Tasha Hungate, Snapshot Poverty,
Pullman High School, Pullman, WA

Janelle Stepper, Purging Poverty,
Roseville High School, Roseville, CA

Taylor Carty, Put an End to Poverty,
Lovejoy High School, Lucas, TX

Ben Waitches-Eubanks, What Could You Do?,
Catlin Gabel, Portland, OR

Seri Lee, The Poverty Trap,
Chattahoochee High School, Johns Creek, GA



Allison Armstrong, The Water Problem,
West Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, NV

Ross Wheeler, WATR News,
Vashon High School, Vashon, WA

James Schiling, Conserve Today,
Cascade High School, Everett, WA

Zoe Kahana, The World’s Water,
Lovejoy High School, Lucas, TX

Eric Bratke, An Abundant Need,
Bozeman High School, Bozeman, MT

Jared Tsuchiyama-Sando, Water Sustainability,
Advanced Technologies Academy, Las Vegas, NV

Contest Judges


Ellen BarnardExecutive Producer, Tomorrow Pictures Inc.
Joe BishPopulation Outreach Manager, Population Media Center
Barrett BumpasInternational Agricultural Program Specialist, Foreign Agriculture Service, USDA
Terri ClarkCommunity Resource Manager, Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Dr. Ken ConcaProfessor, School of International Service, American University
Catherine CyranIndependent Filmmaker and Writer-Director
Chris DayHead of Corporate Communications, United Talent Agency
Ranae DeSantisEducator and Environmental Activist
Lynda DeschambaultExecutive Director, Contra Costa County Climate Leaders
Christopher FauchereFilmmaker, Mother: Caring for 7 Billion
Sarah HolcombePhD Candidate, School of Public Health, University of California-Berkeley
Joan HouricanElementary School Teacher and Education Consultant, Lake Clarke Shores, FL
Joyce JohnsonFilmmaker, Mother: Caring for 7 Billion
Caroline KilbournAP Human Geography Teacher, McKinley Technology High School, DC
Kelly KorenakTeacher and Curriculum Developmer
Bob LalaszDirector of Science Communications, The Nature Conservancy
Dr. Paul LorahAssociate Professor of Geography, University of Saint Thomas
John Bard ManulisPresident, Foundation Entertainment
Stephen MarksPartner/Manager, Evolution Entertainment Partners
Carrianne Beverly McClellanMedia Coordinator, Cumberland County Schools
Brian RichterSenior Freshwater Scientist and Director of Global Freshwater Strategies, The Nature Conservancy
Lisa RussellDocumentary Filmmaker/New Media Producer, Governess Films
John SeagerPresident and CEO, Population Connection
Dr. Vilma SeebergAssociate Professor of International-Multicultural Education, Kent State University
Dr. Janet VailResearch Scientist, Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University
Keith WassermanExecutive Director, Communications & Marketing, Cumberland County College (NJ)


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