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COMPETITION: Deadline extended – Story and sound art on “zero poverty, zero emissions”

Development & Climate Days 2014

Zero Poverty. Zero Emissions. Within a Generation.

Story & Sound Art Competition

*Deadline now extended to 28 November 2014*

You are invited to participate in a blogging, vlogging (video blogging) and sound art competition exploring how you experience climate change today – and the smart solutions for achieving ‘zero extreme poverty and zero net emissions’ within a generation.

For the first time in history, there is the opportunity to integrate global efforts to tackle climate change and poverty, setting the world on a path to achieve zero extreme poverty and zero net emissions within a generation. In Lima, Peru, on 6-7 December, at the heart of this year’s United Nations climate talks, Development & Climate Days 2014 will explore how the world can achieve these goals.  

‘D & C Days 2014’ is a two day programme of incisive debate and participatory activities for policy-makers and practitioners, convened by theRed Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development, the Overseas Development Institute and the Climate Development Knowledge Network.

We invite you to share your experiences of climate change with policy-makers at D & C Days 2014 and with a global audience that will be ‘tuning in’ to the debate, by entering our blogging, vlogging and sound art competition. Enter your blog, vlog or recording to our competition and be a part of the big debate on bringing ‘Zero Poverty-Zero Emissions’ within reach.

All entries must be received by 28 November 2014 (11pm Argentina time, GMT-3). All entries that are short-listed by the Zero Poverty Zero Emissions team will be published on the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and partners’ websites in late November. A panel of expert judges will choose the outstanding entries for each category and announce these at D & C Days 2014.

We encourage entries from all world regions and will look to showcase selected entries from each one:

  • Sub Saharan Africa
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Asia and Oceania
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • North America  and Europe

‘My story’ category

How is climate change affecting your family, your life, your work?  Tell us your story of dealing with the impacts of climate change in your everyday life.

Or: What changes are you making that improve your  life or make your business run better and which also tackle or avoid climate change? We’re not looking for a technical essay, but just a simple story about how you are making life better in a low-carbon way.

Send us your blog of 750 words or your vlog (video blog) of 3 minutes or less.

‘My big idea’ category

What do politicians, business leaders and/or everyday citizens need to do to achieve zero extreme poverty and zero net emissions in the world, within a generation? Tell us your big idea.

Send us your blog of 750 words or your vlog (video blog) of 3 minutes or less.

‘My sound in miniature’ category

The effects of climate change hit poor people the hardest. But many solutions to the climate crisis are at local level – like planting and conserving forests, adopting cleaner and greener technologies, slashing pollution –  and these can be good for people’s health and livelihoods and give them better lives today.

Explore the relationship between climate change and poverty – how unchecked, these problems compact each other; how tackled together, we can forge solutions. Your ‘sound art’ should be under 3 minutes in length.

Alternatively, create a piece of ‘sound art’ that evokes sea level rise, its causes and consequences.

The Electronic Arts Experimentation and Research Centre (CEIArtE) of the National University of Tres de Febrero in Argentina and Concordia University, Canada are co-organising the ‘My sound in miniature’ category and will lend their expertise to judging the final results.



If you’re blogging, submit your entry of under 750 words to:

If you’re vlogging, upload your vlog on and send the hyperlink with a one paragraph description to:  (no movie attachments please)

Blogging and vlogging entrants:  All entries should be accompanied by the full name of the entrant, and their country. If you enter, you agree that the editorial team may correct your story for spelling and grammar before publication, if needed. Sorry, but only entries that meet the word and length limits above can be considered.

Sound art entrants: Please take note of the different entry procedure for your pieces of sound art. Visit the website of Electronic Arts Experimentation and Research Centre and Concordia University, Canada  to read more about the categories in depth and to submit your sound art via the online entry form: (English)  (Spanish)

The shortlisted entries will be displayed at the D & C Days 2014 in Lima, Peru and the outstanding entry in each category will be announced there. The shortlisted entries will also be published on the D & C Days website.



Blogging and vlogging entries:  Entrants’ personal data will only be kept by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (administered by Overseas Development Institute) for the purposes of this competition only until 31 December 2014.  All entrants  agree for their name and country to be publicised if they are short- listed. 

Entries from young people under-18 years old are welcome, but their parent or guardian must provide written permission for them to enter and the parent’s or guardian’s contact details must be supplied.

Sorry, but we cannot return entries. We can only respond individually to entrants who have been short-listed.  The decision of the judges remains final.

Entrants whose work is shortlisted agree that the entries will be published on the Red Cross Red Crescent / Development & Climate Days website ( under a Creative Commons licence. Using a Creative Commons license allows for publicly distributing and disseminating the works, having the author(s) of the miniature cited accordingly while the use is not for commercial purpose.  The license jurisdiction will be international. The license for the competition entries is “Recognition – Non Commercial – Equal/Share”. More details at:

Sound art entries: The sound art category is administered by the Electronic Arts Experimentation and Research Centre and Concordia University, Canada and you will find the full terms of entry on the competition website: 


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