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2016-2017 Winners

2016-2017 Winners

The World of 8 Billion contest is a project of the Population Education program, provider of K-12 classroom resources and professional development opportunities. The contest is run every school year. Click on a topic below to view the winning videos.

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Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in the 2016-2017 World of 7 Billion student video contest. We were blown away by the creativity, passion, and expertise showcased throughout the videos, especially by the 18 winning films.

The contest first ran during the 2010-2011 school year as a “teachable moment” around world population reaching 7 billion. 619 videos were received from 36 U.S. states and four countries abroad in that first year and it was meant to be a one-time event. But we received such positive feedback from teachers – many wanted to participate again and make the contest a permanent project in their courses – that we decided to make the contest an annual event.

Now in its 6th year, nearly 8,000 student-made videos on the impacts of population have been created as a direct result of the contest. Thousands of students are now more aware of the vast connections between population and so many of today’s pressing global challenges.

We look forward to continuing the contest into the future and watching as more students explore the complexities of population growth through film.

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Contest Judges

Mary Barbara Alexander

Actress/Activist/Farmer, No specific affiliation

Benjamin Alexandro

Water Policy Advocate, Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Ginny Beauregard

Film Producer/Environmental Educator, Independent

Molly Berg

Programming Manager, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Joe Bish

Director of Issue Advocacy, Population Media Center

June Blotnick

Executive Director, Clean Air Carolina

Hartwell Carson

French Broad Riverkeeper, MountainTrue

Diana Cole

Science teacher, Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School

Angelina Collazo

Coordinator, Programs Operations, Teach For America - New York

Ken Conca, Ph.D.

Professor of International Relations, American University

Emily Culp

Teacher, DCPS

James Gerber, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Global Landscapes Initiative, University of Minnesota

April Haight, Ed.D.

Director, Center for Environmental Education, Morehead State University

Cynthia Hubach

Urban Agriculture Activist, Los Angeles Community Garden Council

Joyce Johnson

Producer, Tiroir A Films

Sharon Kinsey

County 4-H Agent/Associate Professor, Camden County 4-H Youth Development Program

Peter Ladner

Board Chair, David Suzuki Foundation

Carrianne B. McClellan

Media Coordinator, Cumberland County Schools

Nancy Milizia

Retired Medical Technologist

Laura S. Minor, MS, PA

Adjunct Professor

Alice P. Neuhauser

Partner, Complete Rights Management

Hannah O'Malley

Education Coordinator, Disney's Animals, Science and Environment

Ellen Potts

Development Assistant, Population Connection

Karla Raettig

Executive Director, Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Brian Richter

President, Sustainable Waters

Mindy Roberts

Puget Sound Director, Washington Environmental Council

Karen Roos

Environmental Educator, Greenbelt Conservancy

DawnElla Rust, Ed.D

Health Science Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University

Jeremy Scherer

Filmmaker, Parallel 40 Productions

John Seager

President and CEO, Population Connection

Emilee Syrewicze, JD

Executive Director, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

Hawa Toure

Quality Assurance Reviewer DOJ, Gandhi Birdage and SANAD Syria

David Vernier

Founder and Co-President, Vernier Software & Technology
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