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2018-2019 Winners

2018-2019 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 2018-2019 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 8th year, nearly 14,000 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

Ali Mohamed Abbas Ahmed

Secretary General, Sudanese Population Network (Khartoum, Sudan)

Philip Amaral

Director, European Union Office, Crisis Action (Brussels, Belgium)

Colleen Beck

CEO, Seed Aquaponics, LLC (PA)

Ashley Binetti Armstrong, Esq.

Dash-Muse Teaching Fellow, Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute (DC)

Joy Blackwood

National Wildlife Refuge Association's Urban Refuge Program Director, JLB Consulting (DC)

Leslie Bloom

Professor of Educational Leadership, Roosevelt University (IL)

Howard Blumenthal

Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, and Founder, Kids on Earth

Gretchen Borchelt

Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health, National Women's Law Center (DC)

Jeanne Braha

Executive Director, Rock Creek Conservancy (DC)

Caitlin Burke

Associate Director, Conservation Trust for North Carolina

Jessica Castro-Prieto

Caribbean Conservation Coordinator, National Wildlife Refuge Association (DC)

Anthony Tirado Chase

Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College (CA)

Andreea Creanga

Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (MD)

Fabrice DeClerck

Science Director, EAT and Bioversity International (Oslo, Norway)

Iris DeLoach Johnson

Professor, Mathematics Education, Louisiana State University at Shreveport

Ranae DeSantis

Board Member and Philanthropist, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CA)

Lynda Deschambault

Environmental Scientist & Educator, Generation Green (CA)

Cassandra Etter-Wenzel

Outreach Specialist- Climate Program, World Resources Institute (DC)

Karen Evans

Instructor of Teacher Education, University of West Florida

Katie Fermin

Senior Program Officer, Cleveland Council on World Affairs (OH)

Healy Hamilton

Chief Scientist, NatureServe (VA)

Christian Heltne

Vice President of Engagement, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (NC)

Nina Henderson

Science Instructor, Suncoast Polytechnical High School (FL)

Cynthia Hubach

Founder, Hubach Consulting (CA)

Patrick J Comer

Chief Ecologist, NatureServe (VA)

Joyce Johnson

Producer, Tiroir A Films (CO)

Joan F. Kaywell

Professor of English Education, University of South Florida

Michella Kippes

Gateway to Technology Teacher, Greenville County Schools (SC)

Kelly Korenak

Teacher and Curriculum Developer, University of Massachusetts Boston

John M Reilly

Co-Director, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change & Senior Lecturer in the Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

DawnElla M. Rust

Health Science Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University (TX)

Nick Martlew

Strategy Director, Digital Action (London, U.K.)

Carrianne McClellan

Media Coordinator, Cumberland County Schools (NC)

Ruth Mead

Education Director, Phinizy Center for Water Sciences (GA)

Irene Mudiovo

Communications Officer, Bioversity International (Nairobi, Kenya)

Chris Muire

Retired Professor of Science Education, State of Florida

Alice Neuhauser

President, Gramarye Media (GA)

Rusty Painter

Land Protection Director, Conservation Trust for North Carolina

Kathleen Rocco

Education Specialist, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District (OH)

Karen Roos

Environmental Educator, Greenbelt Conservancy (NY)

John Seager

President and CEO, Population Connection (DC)

Amanda Starbuck

Researcher and Policy Analyst, Food and Water Watch (DC)

Sonya Stejskal

Adj. Professor of History, University of Nebraska Omaha, UNA-USA, Lincoln, NE Chapter

Rachel Velez

Environmental Justice Organizer, Clean Water for North Carolina

Rob Vos

Director of Markets, Trade and Institutions, International Food Policy Research Institute (DC)

Keli Wambua

Founder, Pambazuko Partners NGO (Nairobi, Kenya)

Ed Wilcox

Watershed Research and Extension Associate, Kentucky State University
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