Video: One of the Youth Climate Report videos for COP19, the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland.
He’s been on scientific expeditions near both poles and broke through the communication barrier between scientists and policy makers by using films to share complex scientific studies on climate change.
For the past few years, Royal Canadian Geographical Society fellow Mark Terry has been working on a different strategy to convey important issues at United Nations climate change conferences. In a project called Youth Climate Report, Terry compiles videos from interviews with students who pose questions to climate change experts around the world.
John Kelly, a media finance lawyer who worked with Terry to produce the videos, says they recruited students around the world through social media, including a 15-year-old from Kathmandu, Nepal and 12- and 13-year-olds from Toronto.
Terry says that the traditional reports and texts used in the past were sometimes difficult for politicians or non-scientists to digest. The videos provide a new way to deliver a message.
“It gives a voice to scientists who don’t usually attend these conferences,” he says. “It also gives a voice to young people and helps to stimulate a new generation of environmentalists.”