Our Environment, Our Voices: A Regional Video Contest

If you are a video buff and/or care about the environment, why don’t you try entering this competition? This is a partnership among the Regional Environmental Center (REC), the Italian Government and the LAC P10 – the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters. Principle 10 – otherwise known as the environmental democracy principle – was adopted in 1992 as a part of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. 

The involvement of people’s voices – their essential participation – is an increasingly important aspect of our regional dialogue on environmental issues that affect us all. In order to lobby and advocate for the environment, however, civil society MUST also have access to information. This is a very interesting topic for a 3-minute video!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 21, 2016

Win Big: Our Environment, Our Voices Video Contest

A regional process to improve environmental governance in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is being unfolded and people from the region have the perfect opportunity to use their VOICES to tell how important it is to ensure rights of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters.

The reality is that over 600 million people in the LAC region rely on the environment on a daily basis for sustenance –  and many for their livelihood. However, governments take environmental decisions which might eventually have a negative impact on their lives, often times without effectively engaging the public. This is what the 2012 Declaration on the Application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean seeks to remedy. Principle 10 (P10), which originated in the Rio Declaration was one of the most important outcomes of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. It affirms that all citizens have a say in environmental decisions that directly impact them.

 With this in mind, the Regional Environmental Center (REC) under the project Building bridges between regions – Interregional cooperation on the implementation of Principle 10 of Rio Declaration and Article 6 of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in the Caribbean region has launched the P10 Video/Animation Competition. According to Tsvetelina Filipova, Senior Expert at REC, “We all should come together for our environment, standing for our rights. I hope the competing videos promoting the LAC P10 process will help people to come together for this great cause”.

Two fantastic prizes await the contestants who are able to depict in three minutes the importance of access rights regarding environmental matters in the region. The 1st prize is a US$800 voucher and the 2nd prize is a US$400 both from an acclaimed online electronic store. The prizes for this competition are awarded by the Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea of Italy.

Whether you are an environmentalist, video enthusiast or you just want to ensure that the present and future generations will enjoy the benefits of our natural resources, this is a chance for you to let your creativity shine and tell your story. The deadline for the competition is November 6th, so download the full guidelines and registration form at http://www.lacp10.org

 

The Jamaica Environment Trust made extensive use of the Access to Information Act to obtain information on the Harbour View Sewage Plant, which had been non-functioning for decades. This is the plant in 2009… (Photo: Jamaica Environment Trust)
The Jamaica Environment Trust made extensive use of the Access to Information Act to obtain information on the Harbour View Sewage Plant, which had been non-functioning for decades. This is the plant in 2009… (Photo: Jamaica Environment Trust)
Here is the plant in 2015 - a modern, efficient sewage facility. Community members lobbied alongside JET to make this happen. (Photo: Jamaica Environment Trust)
Here is the plant in 2015 – a modern, efficient sewage facility. Community members lobbied alongside JET to make this happen. (Photo: Jamaica Environment Trust)

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