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2019- 2020 Winners

The World of 7 Billion contest is a project of the Population Education program, provider of K-12 classroom resources and professional development opportunities. The contest is run every school year. Click on a topic below to view the winning videos.



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Contest Judges

NamePosition, Work Place
Mahmoud AbouelnagaSolutions Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) (VA)
Vivek P. AdhiaIndia Country Director, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Kerri AllenCoastal Advocate, North Carolina Coastal Federation
Kate AndersonChildren and Family Programs Manager, City of Winooski
Angela Ayers-VanderMolenAP Macroeconomics/AP Human Geography Teacher and Dual Credit Facilitator, MacArthur High School, Irving TX
Elizabeth K. BakerProfessor of Practice, Mills College (CA)
Brenda BallSenior School Director and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Brockton School (Canada)
Tom BeachVideo Producer, Fellow/Volunteer, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) (DC)
Colleen BeckCEO, Seed Aquaponics (PA)
Michael Bentley, EdDAssociate Professor (retired), University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Sarah BerkMiddle School Science Teacher, St. Cletus School (IL)
Anne A. Carlson, Ph.D.Senior Climate Adaptation Specialist, The Wilderness Society (MT)
Colette CarrabbaScience and History Educator, Chester County Junior High School (TN)
Delores. ColemanHistory Teacher, Retired teacher from Buffalo School District (NY)
Sue CountermanMaster Teacher Middle School Science, Colorado Academy
Dan DickermanProgram Officer, Institute for Sustainable Communities (PA)
Deborah W ElliottCo-founder, (CA)
Dr. Karen N. EvansUndergraduate Coordinator, University of West Florida
Ken FolgerMiddle School Science Teacher, Harding Academy (TN)
Benjamin GiorgiTeacher, Ellington High School (NY)
Deborah S. Greenhut, PhDCEO, Creative Room for Learning, LLC (NY)
Brent HabigVice President, International, Institute for Sustainable Communities (WA)
Jesse HaightAssociate Professor, Clarion University (PA)
Melissa HolmesMiddle School Life Science Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)
Dr. Sam HoppEarly Literacy, Educational Consultant (PA)
EJ KaretnyScience Teacher, Timber Creek Regional High School (NJ)
Amy LakeSocial Studies Teacher, Lee H. Kellogg School (CT)
Jeffery MartellOutdoor Program Coordinator, REI Outdoor Programs
Gregory V. MassaraEnvironmental Science Teacher, Waterloo Central School District
Patricio Chambers MejíaManaging Director, GUAYLLABAMBA WATERKEEPER
Ali Mohamed Abbas AhmedSecretary General, Sudanese Population Network
Adrienne NenowDirector, International Development, Lehigh University
Dr. Dorothea Y. PanayotouIndependent Educator and Consultant, Scientist and Tutor
Stephanie ParajonVideo Editor, Women Voters of Maryland
Karen RoosEnvironmental Educator, The Greenbelt Conservancy (NY)
John SeagerPresident and CEO, Population Connection (DC)
Jessica SutorusEnvironmental Conservation Supervisor, City of Colton
Dr. Andrea E. ThomasProject Director, SUNY Venezuela Higher Education Engagement Initiative, The State University of New York, Center for Collaborative Online International Learning
Angela TsengMath Teacher, Duarte High School
Rachel VelezEnvironmental Justice Organizer, Clean Water for North Carolina
Stefanie WagerSocial Studies Consultant, Iowa Department of Education (IA)

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in the 2019-2020 World of 7 Billion student video contest. We were blown away by the creativity, passion, and expertise showcased throughout the videos, especially by the 18 winning films.

2019 - 2020 world of 7 billion participation stats

The contest first ran during the 2010-2011 school year as a “teachable moment” around world population reaching 7 billion. 619 videos were received from 36 U.S. states and four countries abroad in that first year and it was meant to be a one-time event. But we received such positive feedback from teachers – many wanted to participate again and make the contest a permanent project in their courses – that we decided to make the contest an annual event.

Now in its 9th year, nearly 19,000 student-made videos on the impacts of population have been created as a direct result of the contest. Thousands of students are now more aware of the vast connections between population and so many of today’s pressing global challenges.

We look forward to continuing the contest into the future and watching as more students explore the complexities of population growth through film.


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