Wanted: Videos inspiring action against climate change

Eco Lake at the Singapore Botanic Gardens drying up due to prolonged dry spell in Singapore, on March 5, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Eco Lake at the Singapore Botanic Gardens drying up due to prolonged dry spell in Singapore, on March 5, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Creatives raring to make a difference can answer the National Climate Change Secretariat's (NCCS) call for short videos that can inspire action.

The group is looking for students and members of the public to submit short videos to inspire people to do something about climate change in this year's National Climate Change Competition. This marks the first time in the competition's four years that members of the public can take part.

Those interested can register for the competition under the Schools Category or the Open Category at www.nccc.gov.sg by April 22. They stand to win up to $5,000. Selected videos may also be adapted for screening in cinemas.

Two 'Viewers' Choice' awards will also be given to the most popular videos from each category, according to a public voting exercise on NCCS's Climat Change SG Facebook page. Results will be announced in an award ceremony in November.

A survey conducted last year found that Singaporeans were highly interested in and aware of climate change and its impact. About six in 10 of the 1000 respondents said climate change would affect them personally - but less than half felt that individuals were responsible for taking action against it.

The NCCS - formed in 2010 - believes that individuals can also play a part in addressing the climate change problem by changing environmentally-unfriendly habits.

The theme for this year's National Climate Change competition, launched on Sunday, is #change4future. It will encourage Singaporeans to take action against climate change, and learn to deal with it, said the NCCS in a press release on Sunday.

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