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ActNowFilm2 - intergenerational conversations on climate change

A youth film produced by the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Cambridge Zero, supported by the UK Universities Climate Network (UUCN).

Trailer

Watch the latest trailer for ActNowFilm2 to learn more and find out how you can get involved


Call for submissions

Submissions are open for ActNowFilm2


Submissions for ActNowFilm2 are open and we want you to take part. Send in a short video of yourself in conversation with someone from a different generation, such as a grandparent or older person in your community, talking about how climate change is affecting you.

You could highlight how your area or region has changed over time due to climate change, and what your hopes and fears are for the future. You could also discuss what has been done to protect people and place against the effects of climate change, and whether these were successful or not. We have produced a list of conversation points which you’ll find further down the page.

Your videos will be compiled into ActNowFilm2 and shared with climate negotiators, policymakers and senior decision-makers worldwide. The deadline for submissions is 16 October 2022.

How to submit:

If you’d like to take part in ActNowFilm2, please submit your video of up to five minutes and accompanying details via this Google form. Note: If you have difficulties accessing Google forms, please email your submission to info@zero.cam.ac.uk. Top tips and technical specifications can be found below.

If anyone appearing in the film is under 18, your submission must be accompanied by a consent form signed by their parent or guardian. This is available here for those submitting by email and is also available on the form. All received submissions must also agree with our terms of reference.

About ActNowFilm2

Learn more about ActNowFilm2


ActNowFilm2 is a global youth voices film, produced by the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Cambridge Zero, supported by the UK Universities Climate Network.

It features intergenerational conversations from around the world in which young and older people share their experiences of climate change in their lifetimes; successful or unsuccessful initiatives; and their hopes and fears for the future.

This film follows on from the success of ActNowFilm, which premiered last year at the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate Youth Summit; COP15 on Biodiversity; Climate Week NYC; and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

The film brought together youth voices from around the world, and gave young people living across the planet the opportunity to tell decision-makers, in their own words, why stopping climate change is important to future generations. The film outlined how climate change is affecting young people, what they are campaigning for and what messages they wanted to tell climate negotiators at COP26.

This year, our hope is to do the same with ActNowFilm2 at COP27.

Conversation guide

Submitting to ActNowFilm2? Here are some guidance questions to get you started


We are looking for conversations, between younger and older generations, whereby the younger person is ‘interviewing’ the older person. Film clips should aim to answer some or all of the following questions and take this general format.

Introductions:

  • Please introduce yourselves and say how you know each other. For example, my name is Bob and this is my grandmother.
  • Please say the country you live in, and also the region or town if you would like to share that.

Younger person to ask older person

  • How has climate change affected (y)our home/ village, town or city/ ways of life since you were younger? (weather/ climate/ livelihoods etc.)
  • How do you think climate change might affect my life in future?
  • What do you hope for the future generations?

Older person to ask younger person

  • How do you feel about the world you are inheriting?
  • What are your concerns about your future?
  • What are your hopes for the future?
  • What would you like to say to policymakers and decision-makers about your future?

Top tips and technical specifications

Here are some tips to help you film your submission for ActNowFilm2


  • Please shoot your film “landscape”.
  • Please include all speakers on camera. You may wish to incorporate some conversation looking at each other and other conversation looking at the camera.
  • Please feel free to include, where relevant and where the footage will be enhanced, a mix of wide and close-up shots.
  • Please aim to have no/minimal background noise.
  • We’d love to see footage of you/ your group speaking, as well as footage that demonstrates what you’re working on, or talking about – e.g. a polluted or flooded river. However we cannot accept footage that you yourself have not shot, so please don’t incorporate footage downloaded from the internet.
  • Please don’t put any graphics or subtitles onto your submission.
  • Please don’t include any music or soundtrack other than your voices – this makes it easier for us to combine multiple clips into one film.
  • If you can, please speak in English. If this is not possible, let us know what language you are speaking and we will create subtitles for non-English language sections.
  • If you or your organisation are in danger of persecution, please consider sending an ‘anonymised’ clip if you can do so safely – e.g., footage of your country / area, without you in it, without your name etc. It would be helpful to know what country you are sending it from, if possible.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about ActNowFilm2 or the submission process, please get in touch