The contest closed Dec 1, 2018. The voting closed Dec 7, 2018.



#Decarbonize #Decolonize - Youth Art for Climate Change/Art et changements climatiques

We invite you to unleash your creativity on an unsuspecting world. Artistically explore the intersections of Decarbonization and Decolonization - two movements that are transforming our world.

You have a unique and valuable perspective to offer on climate change. You have local knowledge, personal experience, and visions for the future that will help shape the health of your communities and the planet. Sometimes, art is a more powerful way to share your perspective with others. Join students from around the world by sharing your perspective of climate change!

The world is gathering in Poland this December for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP24. We want to bring your art! This is your chance to influence conversations and bring about real change in how as a planet climate change is addressed.

Climate Change in My Community
There is more to climate change than science! Each of us experiences climate effects and contributions in different ways, depending on our contexts. Share your experience. 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.

Many peoples have been observing and experiencing how climate change is affecting their local communities and landscapes, using the same signs/signals for many generations. Beyond science, people watch, listen, and learn about climate change because they care about the health of the land and the health of their communities - and they share this knowledge through stories, art, and artistic practices.

- What are the effects of climate change on your community or city?
- How do you see and experience changes in water, land, wildlife, fish, and people’s livelihoods that point to the problems of climate change?
- Who in your community is most negatively impacted by climate change and why?
- What is your community doing to adapt to climate change?
- How does your community or city contribute to climate change? (i.e. by local industries, people’s behaviors/practices, local/national corporations that extract resources from other places, etc.)
- How do you imagine your community or city in the future as it adapts to climate change? What does it look like? Think about the buildings, neighborhoods, practices.

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 to be determined

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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