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Connect4Climate wins the Global Green Oscar

From gold to green. The real trophies of the year weren’t the Academy Awards but the Global Green Oscars, held to honour the work of environmental organisations.

You may associate the Oscars with the colour gold but they have taken on an entirely new shade. Green. The winners of the 13th edition of the Global Green Oscars, organised by Global Green USA, were Connect4Climate, the United Nations Foundation and Global Green Champions including schoolchildren gardeners. The ceremony, which also saw Stevie Wonder perform, was held in Los Angeles four days before the Academy Award ceremony of the 28th of February.

 

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The green carpet of the Global Green Oscars 2016. From left to right: Spokesperson for the President of the UN General Assembly Dan Thomas, SVP of the UN Foundation Susan Myers, Kailand Morris, Mandla Morris, Stevie Wonder and senior communications officer of the World Bank Lucia Grenna © Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Global Green

 

The Oscar goes to Connect4Climate

Connect4Climate is a global partnership launched by the World Bank Group, the Italian Ministry of Environment and joined by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. It connects over 200 partners worldwide – from civil society and youth groups to media networks and the private sector. The objective is to come together to combat climate change by encouraging people to be active and find long-term solutions. Connect4Climate also aims to fight poverty and improve people’s lives: as pointed out by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, ending poverty also means tackling environmental degradation because it hits the poorest hardest.

 

The Global Green Oscars

Connect4Climate was awarded for its public outreach work, in particular targetted at young people, as well as finding new ways of bringing the issue of climate change at the forefront of public discussions. This has meant working with the creative industries such as film to make environmental advocacy accessible and poignant to many. “It’s especially appropriate to acknowledge the World Bank during Oscar week. Their Action4Climate competition enabled more than 260 young filmmakers from 70 countries to present their local stories to a global audience,” commented Doctor Les McCabe, Global Green CEO.

 

The geographical and temporal vicinity between the Global Green Oscars and the Academy Awards was no coincidence. “Celebrities and the creative industries, including the film industry, can all make a difference in raising awareness for climate action and motivating lower carbon lifestyle changes. We need a global movement for climate change: everyone’s action counts and it is everybody’s business,” said Lucia Grenna, Connect4Climate Programme Manager, at the environmental awards ceremony. Just four days later, Best Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio made a passionate call to act against climate change is his now legendary acceptance speech.

 

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The green carpet of the Global Green Oscars 2016. From left to right: Global Green Champion Honorees Emma Leyson, Nereida Chavez, Olivia Gorcey and Jazzmyn Stallworth © Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Global Green

 

Green Cross

Global Green USA is an affiliate of Green Cross International, the organisation founded by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to encourage a paradigm shift towards creating a sustainable and secure future. The US chapter focuses on fostering change through transformative projects, policy and cutting-edge research. For example, it has impacted over 20 billion dollars in building construction through encouraging green building and sustainability practices, including in areas affected by environmental disasters such as New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.

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