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2019-2020 Winners

2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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 9th year, nearly 19,000 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

Mahmoud Abouelnaga

Solutions Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) (VA)

Vivek P. Adhia

India Country Director, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Kerri Allen

Coastal Advocate, North Carolina Coastal Federation

Kate Anderson

Children and Family Programs Manager, City of Winooski

Angela Ayers-VanderMolen

AP Macroeconomics/AP Human Geography Teacher and Dual Credit Facilitator, MacArthur High School, Irving TX

Elizabeth K. Baker

Professor of Practice, Mills College (CA)

Brenda Ball

Senior School Director and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Brockton School (Canada)

Tom Beach

Video Producer, Fellow/Volunteer, Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) (DC)

Colleen Beck

CEO, Seed Aquaponics (PA)

Michael Bentley, EdD

Associate Professor (retired), University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Sarah Berk

Middle School Science Teacher, St. Cletus School (IL)

Anne A. Carlson, Ph.D.

Senior Climate Adaptation Specialist, The Wilderness Society (MT)

Colette Carrabba

Science and History Educator, Chester County Junior High School (TN)

Delores. Coleman

History Teacher, Retired teacher from Buffalo School District (NY)

Sue Counterman

Master Teacher Middle School Science, Colorado Academy

Dan Dickerman

Program Officer, Institute for Sustainable Communities (PA)

Deborah W Elliott

Co-founder, (CA)

Dr. Karen N. Evans

Undergraduate Coordinator, University of West Florida

Ken Folger

Middle School Science Teacher, Harding Academy (TN)

Benjamin Giorgi

Teacher, Ellington High School (NY)

Deborah S. Greenhut, PhD

CEO, Creative Room for Learning, LLC (NY)

Brent Habig

Vice President, International, Institute for Sustainable Communities (WA)

Jesse Haight

Associate Professor, Clarion University (PA)

Melissa Holmes

Middle School Life Science Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)

Dr. Sam Hopp

Early Literacy, Educational Consultant (PA)

EJ Karetny

Science Teacher, Timber Creek Regional High School (NJ)

Amy Lake

Social Studies Teacher, Lee H. Kellogg School (CT)

Jeffery Martell

Outdoor Program Coordinator, REI Outdoor Programs

Gregory V. Massara

Environmental Science Teacher, Waterloo Central School District

Patricio Chambers Mejía


Ali Mohamed Abbas Ahmed

Secretary General, Sudanese Population Network

Adrienne Nenow

Director, International Development, Lehigh University

Dr. Dorothea Y. Panayotou

Independent Educator and Consultant, Scientist and Tutor

Stephanie Parajon

Video Editor, Women Voters of Maryland

Karen Roos

Environmental Educator, The Greenbelt Conservancy (NY)

John Seager

President and CEO, Population Connection (DC)

Jessica Sutorus

Environmental Conservation Supervisor, City of Colton

Dr. Andrea E. Thomas

Project Director, SUNY Venezuela Higher Education Engagement Initiative, The State University of New York, Center for Collaborative Online International Learning

Angela Tseng

Math Teacher, Duarte High School

Rachel Velez

Environmental Justice Organizer, Clean Water for North Carolina

Stefanie Wager

Social Studies Consultant, Iowa Department of Education (IA)
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