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YOUNG VOICES FOR THE PLANET: 10 SHORT SUCCESS STORIES

What to know: Hope and Empowerment in dealing with the climate crisis.
YOUNG VOICES FOR THE PLANET: 10 SHORT SUCCESS STORIES is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 10-18
59 minutes
DVD
LYNNE CHERRY
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Young Voices for the Planet is an interesting, documentary style film that examines ten different stories of kids who have taken and are taking action against environmental issues, mainly climate change. The production quality is solid, camera quality is good and the use of text overlays and news graphics really enhances the visual experience. I recommend this production for film festivals because I feel that it has the capability to inspire children into taking action on issues that they are passionate about by showcasing the stories of kids who actually made a difference in their communities.

The cinematography is well done, shots and angles are clean and there are no awkward scenes. The camera work meets the standards of a professionally done documentary production.

What I enjoy about this film is the fact that it takes a complex and divisive topic like climate change and other environmental hazards and makes them approachable and easy for kids to understand. I feel that it might help spark the passions in other kids, and inspire them to take action.

What is appealing about this title is the fact that it is inspiring to learn that young people can have such profound effects on society, and that they have the power to bring about change. What is unappealing is that some of the stories drag on too long and could have been condensed.

This film is an interesting, documentary style film that examines 10 different stories about kids who have taken and are taking action against environmental issues, mainly climate change. The production quality is solid, camera quality is good, and the use of text overlays and news graphics really enhances the visual experience. I recommend this production for presentation at a film festival because I feel it has the capability to inspire children into taking action on issues that they are passionate about by showcasing the stories of kids who actually have made a difference in their communities.
Young Voices for the Planet is a compilation of 10 stories of youth solutions to the climate crisis. The youth in the YVFP films learn about climate change, are concerned, and take action to reduce CO2. Their passion, commitment and earnestness give the films an emotional punch: they move adult audiences to tears, but they affect young people differently empowering them to act. The films provide replicable templates; reduce CO2 emissions, save the environment, save money, save humanity. For example, Dreaming in Green documents 4 students who learn that Miami will suffer serious economic loss from sea level rise; their school energy audit reduces C02 emissions and saves the school $53,000 in energy bills. In Plant for the Planet, 11-year-old Felix plants millions of trees to take up CO2. Olivia's Birds and the Oil Spill documents 11-year-old Olivia who raises $200,000 to clean oiled birds after the BP spill and speaks to her congressmen about supporting renewable energy. And in We Sing Out! , the Rivertown kids sing with folk legend Pete Seeger and speak out musically; about a renewable-energy-powered future. Climate change can be doom and gloom but these films are about HOPE and EMPOWERMENT.
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