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05/01/2013

Crowdsourcing for climate change

Would you like to know how climate change is affecting peoples' lives in Africa? Do you want to hear about it from the people who live there?

Then the documentary film series Youth Climate Report is for you.

But wait, the series has yet to be made. And it needs your help.

The series is about $2,500 short of its target. The series — produced in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme and Youth Climate Report, a new agency with roots in Toronto — presents the latest climate research as reported by youth from around the world to international policymakers at UN conferences.

The campaign is hosted by Catalyst, a crowdfunding initiative of the Centre for Social Innovation. Its goal is to raise $7,500 in a month and with two days to go, nearly $5,000 has been raised.

“I’m overwhelmed by the support our project has received,” YCR founder John Kelly said in a statement. “A total of 64 backers from around the world are supporting us, with more expected. We have received contributions ranging from $1 to $1000.”

The funds are being raised to establish a country starter kit for Ghana. The kit will provide training to local youth reporters so they can participate in a dialogue with researchers about the effects of climate change in their country. The starter kit will be a model for other countries to use in setting up their own productions.

The film series is the third in a successful partnership between UNEP and the producers of The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning (COP15, Copenhagen, 2009) and The Polar Explorer (COP16, Cancun, 2010).

When this series is done, it will premiere at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in November in Warsaw, Poland.

The campaign closes May 3 at 7 p.m. To contribute, go to: click here.

Raveena Aulakh is the Star's environment reporter. She is intrigued by climate change and its impact, now and long-term, and wildlife. Follow her on Twitter @raveenaaulakh

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