A youth climate summit co-created by young people from the UK and South Africa and supported by PCAN has led to a documentary film-making project long-listed for COP26.
The two-day summit was part of a week of high-profile activities hosted by the University of Leeds in April, called Connecting Voices for Climate Action. It brought together partners from Leeds City Council, the Yorkshire and Humber Youth Works Unit, British Youth Council, the University of Leeds, PCAN and SAIIA Youth (the South African Institute of International Affairs) and includes young people from RYCA (the Regional Youth Climate Assembly - read this article about their work).

A film for COP?

Now the young people, who shared their own experiences of living with climate change and what it meant for them  (flooding, droughts, water shortages and wildfires all featured in their conversations) are coming together again to make a film. The project, called The Ripple Effect, is led by COP26 Fellow Harriet Thew, PCAN's Kate Lock, and Professor Paul Cooke, Chair of World Cinemas at the University of Leeds. 

Organisers of the project are crossing their fingers to hear whether it will be shown at the IMAX cinema at COP26 in November. 

A kick-off workshop for the film-making project was held on 10 July, with follow up workshops to come on 17 July and 14 August (both 10-12 noon). Young people aged 11-18 that would like to be part of the Ripple Effect film can still attend and contribute.


An update from the latest workshop

At the second Ripple Effect workshop on July 17th, attendees looked at the brilliant footage already submitted and were put into groups to develop a a final COP26 'film pitch'. Paul from the University of Leeds will now start developing the film pitch which received the most votes at the workshop. You can still submit footage until July 30th, or just have a look at the clips that have already been sent in. Details of how to submit footage and access the Google drive can be found below.

There is still one more workshop on the 14th August you can sign up for (details below). The Ripple Effect is also looking for a small group to volunteer up to 5 hours of time to get more hands-on with the creation of the film. Roles available include Narrators, Graphics, Animators, Audio + Music and Video Editing. If any of these sound interesting to you and you are confident you have the time, please register your interest with the roles sign up form.


Further information

Videos (no longer than 2 mins) can be uploaded directly to this Google drive, or emailed to rippleeffectcop26@gmail.com.

The Google drive also has a presentation by Paul Cooke with guidance about the film-making process, and some example short films.

Book your place for the Ripple Effect workshop series here.

For further information about the workshops, email vic@leeds.gov.uk 


Image:  Jonathan Cosens Photography on Unsplash