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2021-2022 Winners

2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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.

Contest Judges

Amanda Starbuck

Research Director, Food and Water Watch (DC), Washington, D.C.

Andrea Williams

Vice President, National Association of Black Scuba Divers, Washington, D.C.

Anna Casey Williams

President, Matterlab.org, Austin, TX

Ben May

Founder & Board Member, ThinkOcean, Philadelphia, PA

Ben Beach

Editor-Writer, Parternship for Responsible Growth, Oakland, CA

Cathy Knoop

Natural History Instructor, Ashland University, Ashland, OH

Charles O. Collins

Greeley, CO

Cheryl Miller-Arndt

Part-time faculty, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

Chris Cohen

Youth Programs Director & Graduate Faculty, Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon, CO

Claire Strader

Organic Vegetable Educator, Fairshare CSA Coalition, Madison, WI

Deborah Bailey, Ph.D.

STEM Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education and Leadership Coordinating Council, STEM Ecosystems, Salen, OR

Denise Stewardson

Director, Utah Agriculture in the Classroom, Logan, UT

Diana Fontaine

Editor-in-Chief, Oceanbites, Kingston, RI

Elizabeth Katoa

Biology & Environmental Science Teacher, North Ridgeville High School, North Ridgeville, OH

Erin Snyder

Senior Resource Educator, Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District, Riverside, CA

Gwyneth Jones Cote

President, Americas, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C.

Ian Bouyoucos

Postdoc Researcher, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Iris Polit

Documentary Co-Producer, A New Leash on Life and Dreamer & Founder & Chief Strategist, Your Success Ace, Austin, TX

Jacquelyn Aleem

Assistant Principal, Golda Meir School, Upper Campus, Milwaukee, WI

Janet Beach Davis

Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Heartland Community College, Normal, IL

Jenny Pettit

K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, St. Vrain Valley School District, Longmont, CO

Jesse Mechling

Marine Education Director, Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA

Judy Weber

Professional Learning Specialist, Science, Amplify, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Dr. Julie Ashworth

Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, Augstana University, Sioux Falls, SD

Kendrick Ransome

Founder, Golden Organic Farm, Pinetops, NC

Marty Martell

Outdoor Education, REI, Inc., Boulder, CO

Matei Georgescu

Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Nancy Lehmann-Carssow

Retired World Geography Teacher, Lanier High School, Austin, TX

Nora Romanoff

Associate Director, LAND Studio, Cleveland, OH

Olivia Blondheim

Board of Directors Member, Earth Echo International, Tampa, FL

Peter Ortner

Research Professor/Director Emeritus, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, FL

Peter Turcik

Managing Editor, Fisheries Magazine, American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD

Rachel Sarnoff

Strategic Advisor, Big Blue & You, Los Angeles, CA

Rafael Woldeab

Executive Director, City Blossoms, Washington, D.C.

Ryan Drollette

Farm Management Specialist, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Sarah Baillie

Population & Sustainability Organizer, Center for Biological Diversity, Tucson, AZ

Sarah Segal, MEd

6th Grade Teacher, Hood River Middle School, Hood River, OR

Shannon Jones

Conservation Programs Manager, The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Miami, FL

Shannon Morago, Ed.D.

Instructor, Cal Poly Humboldt, Arcata, CA

Dr. Sissy Wong

Associate Professor, Science Education, University of Houston, Houston, TX

Steven Keleti

Soil Advocate, Boston, MA

Tammy Jordan

Policy Consultant, Texas Association of School Boards, Austin, TX

Tracy Parsons

Senior Director of Conservation Support, Ocean Conservancy, Washington, D.C.

Victoria Derr

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, California State University, Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA
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