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The voting opens Oct 1, 2017.

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Decarbonize:Decolonize Youth Art for Climate Change

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! We need your voice and art expression for our #Decolonize: Decarbonize Climate Change Project.

Join over 100,000 youth from across the planet as we take our artwork and videos to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, this November, 2017! Share your artistic perspective of climate change on Indigenous populations in Canada and around the globe.


Theme

There are many ways to artistically approach the topic of #Decolonize: Decarbonize. Some options include displaying artistic representations of:

• The effects of climate change on your current local environment. Consider who in your community is most negatively impacted by climate change and why.

• How colonization and industrial development further the progression of climate change in your specific region, including local and/or foreign influences.

• How your community contributes to climate change (i.e. by local industries, people’s behaviors/practices, local/national corporations that extract resources from other places, etc.).

• Your future hopes for this world and/or what you have seen in the past.

Creative Inspiration Terms: earth, planet, history, respect, collaboration, community, dignity, empathy, products, development, power, energy, eco, nature, future


Format

We encourage all forms of art!

• Video, music, found art, recycled, stenciled, painted, and the list goes on! Get creative by any means possible.

• Students may facilitate their own projects or participate in a group art collective.


Something to think about

As the theme of this project is #Decolonize: Decarbonize, we expect that some submissions will represent Indigenous peoples' connections with climate change. And so they should! However, for those of you who are not Indigenous, you will want to avoid something called cultural appropriation. In simple terms, cultural appropriation is when a person from a dominant group "uses the art, cultural or religious symbols, ideas and expressions from long-marginalized groups for their own benefit or enrichment” or with expectations of gratitude from marginalized peoples for promoting their interests - and without significant consultation and relationships with Indigenous peoples. The issue is not around the sharing and appreciation of culture but around power - who has the power to frame how the story is told, or who has the power to take from other cultures.

Learn more about cultural appropriation: via Macleans and the Star.

To learn how to submit your artwork, watch our short helper video.

Prizes
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Disclaimer

Selected entries will be displayed in Bonn, Germany during the COP23 conference.

The contest is open to everyone, but we are particularly focused on bringing youth voice to the process of Decarbonizing our world.

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