Do you like making videos? Are you interested in helping get the word out about toxins – hazardous substances that can affect our health – and what can be done to avoid them? Do you want to be part of making our world a healthier place? If yes, the EduTOX Video Challenge is for you.
What is the EduTOX Video Challenge? The EduTOX Video Challenge is about giving young people like you a voice to promote awareness and action on toxins – and a chance to be nationally recognized for your leadership. We are looking for creative and compelling short videos that will get people thinking about and taking action on the toxins that we all encounter in our day-to-day lives. In short, EduTOX is about youth leading the way to a healthier world in which to live, grow, work and play.
What should the videos address? We are asking youth from across Canada to make short videos (maximum two minutes) that outline the links between toxins and health and, most importantly, motivate action. Videos can highlight simple actions that people can take to reduce exposures to common toxins, such as reading product labels and learning what is in the products you use, changing the way we clean our homes, or reducing exposure to hazardous substances used in hobbies or at work. Videos can also encourage action at the societal level: for example, encouraging elected representatives to improve regulations, or asking manufacturers and retailers to offer less-toxic products. To get you started, our websites provides information about some toxins, what their health effects are, and some of the ways you can avoid them.
Who can participate? The video challenge is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 22 years who lives in Canada. Videos can be submitted by individuals or groups: as a class assignment, eco-organization/club project or as an activity with your friends, colleagues or classmates. Videos can be in English or French (or any other language with subtitles).
When will the challenge begin? The official launch of the EduTOX video challenge will take place at the annual Sandbox Project Conference on January 21, 2016 and via the networks of partner organizations. The deadline for submissions will be in March 21, 2016 and winners will be announced in May.
Any prizes? Absolutely! There will be prizes of scholarships and merchandise for the top 6 winning videos. Winning videos will also be showcased on partner websites. The first place winners of the English and French categories will be invited to come to Ottawa in June to receive their prizes and present their video in-person at the annual World’s Largest Sandbox event.
Where can I get more information? Detailed information is available at: www.edutox.ca