San Francisco Bay seen from Palo Alto shoreline

Climate Video Challenge

For California middle and high school students

Millions of people around the world, especially youth, are fighting to prevent and adapt to climate change: pushing to end fossil fuel extraction and use, and for clean energy jobs, conservation of natural habitats, indigenous fire management, resilience hubs, affordable housing, and racial justice, among other solutions. However, we can sometimes feel paralyzed by climate fear, anger, and grief. It requires intention to imagine a future where all people and ecosystems can survive and thrive, to create the future we want to live in.

With this in mind, the California Coastal Commission challenges you to answer the question:


Announcing the 2023 Climate Video Challenge winners!
Below are the details from 2023. Check back for next year's challenge.

How to Enter (PDF or Word)

"If it's easier to imagine the end of the world than it is to visualize the transformation of existing economic, cultural and political structures to combat climate change, then doomsday may become a self-fulfilling prophecy." - Sarah Jaquette Ray in A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet

Do you accept the challenge? Keep reading to learn how to participate:


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