A diverse group of organisations and individuals have joined forces behind the ‘Date With History’ online youth video speech contest, designed to encourage young people from all walks of life and all over the world speak ‘truth to power’ and inspire urgent action from decision makers and leaders gathering at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil this June.
An open public vote online will determine regional finalists in the speech contest, following which the ultimate winner will be selected by a diverse jury of over 20 individuals. The jury includes more than a dozen respected youth leaders from around the world, Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke, UN Foundation President Timothy E. Wirth, actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and activist Hayden Panettiere, former Brazilian Environment Minister Marina Silva, Brazilian actor and activist Sergio Marone and even noted high level names such as Jose Maria Figueres, President of the Carbon War Room, Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, UN Industrial Development Organization and Co-Chair Secretary General’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All and UNFCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. The jury also notably includes Severn Suzuki, who delivered a moving speech at the 1992 Earth Summit as a 12 year old and is still remembered as ‘the girl who silenced the world.’
More than 120 Heads of state and government will attend the Earth Summit, in the midst of a convergence of crises unlike any seen in our history. Public pressure may well stimulate attendance by key actors, such as President Obama, who are still undecided about attending. The diverse range of organisations involved in the ‘Date With History’ initiative including TckTckTck, Climate Nexus, the UN Foundation, Music for Relief, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Canadian Council of Churches, David Suzuki Foundation and UNESCO Etxea are hopeful that engaging young voices will help to ensure the conference elicits decisive action from governments.
About the Date With History Contest
“Date With History” is organized by the Global Campaign for Climate Action (www.tcktcktck.org), Climate Nexus and the Natural Resoures Defense Council (NRDC). Contest participants aged 13-30 can upload their 2-3 minute speeches at http://datewithhistory.com or via the Mobli™ app (using the category @datewithhistory). Once the submission period has closed on 6 May, the most popular speeches from each region, as determined by the number of votes online, will be shortlisted as finalists. A jury made up of prominent individuals from around the world will review the short list and select a winner on May 15. The winner will travel to Rio and deliver his or her vision in person, have the opportunity to witness events on the ground and engage in activities with youth involved in the official process.
For more information on the contest rules and how to enter, or to access the full jury list, please visit http://DateWithHistory.com. The following language versions are available: Spanish at http://CitaconLaHistoria.com ; French at http://RencontrezLHistoire.com; Portuguese at http://EncontroComaHistoria.com.