US Embassy Luxembourg launched its Youth Environment Video Contest in June of 2015, on World Environment Day. The response from local students was impressive, and the Embassy received 15 videos from 27 students representing six different schools.
The video contest viewing and awards ceremony took place on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Ciné Utopia in Limpertsberg. Around 70 guests were in attendance, to include students and their friends and families, headmasters and teachers, and special guest Ambassador-at-Large for Climate Change at the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marc Bichler. The US Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, Alison Shorter-Lawrence, provided the evening’s introduction and later congratulated the contest winners as they were announced.
In her welcoming remarks, she said: “When we had the idea to celebrate world environment day, we did not know that the December 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris, also known as COP 21, would have such positive results. At that conference, more than 190 countries came together to adopt the most ambitious climate change agreement in history. This agreement establishes a long term, global framework to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. All countries committed to putting forward ambitious climate targets and frequently reporting on their progress towards those targets.[…] Tonight we are excited to be here to see all of the entries we received for our World Environment Day video contest. We were pleased by how much time and energy students took in the making of these videos. The concepts, design, humor and ideas expressed are wonderful. It makes me feel like the future generation, at least the students in THIS room, are interested and concerned about climate change and are up to the challenge of finding solutions to the difficult problems we face.
The top five video winners received environmentally-friendly prizes to include solar-powered device-charging backpacks, electric scooters, and folding bicycles. The top prize was awarded to three students from Lycée Aline Mayrisch: Francesca van Marion, Lea Muller, and Lorena Tornambé, for their film entitled “Virtual Water.”
Youtube Link to winning video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVu0k29moBs