EARTH DAY VIDEO COMPETITION

MINISTRY OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND PLANNING DIVISION

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EARTH DAY VIDEO COMPETITION

‘TRINIDAD & TOBAGO VS PLASTICS’

 

❖ BACKGROUND
Plastic pollution has become one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues due to the
rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products and its persistence in the environment.
Plastic pollution can damage ecosystems, adversely affecting human and environmental health.

The theme of Earth Day 2024 is Planet vs Plastics. The theme is a reminder that people’s actions
on plastic pollution matters. Everyone can take action to #BeatPlasticPollution and partake in the
#PlasticsDetoxChallenge.

Plastic pollution is a prevalent issue in Trinidad and Tobago. You need only look at our clogged
rivers and waterways, our coastlines, and beaches, or virtually anywhere.

The Environmental Policy and Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Development
will commemorate Earth Day 2024 through a video competition under the theme Trinidad and
Tobago vs Plastics.

A main goal of this Video Competition is to act as a medium to enhance youth engagement in
building awareness of plastic pollution, particularly in Trinidad and Tobago.

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❖ VIDEO COMPETITION
This video competition is open to all Secondary School Students of Trinidad and Tobago.
Theme: Trinidad and Tobago vs Plastics
Launch Date: Monday 18th March 2024 – Global Recycling Day
End Date: Monday 15th April 2024
Winner Announcement: Monday 22nd April 2024 – Earth Day

Participants must capture the key messages from the Earth Day Fact Sheet below and
demonstrate knowledge on plastic pollution by creatively showcasing overarching concepts on the
issues posed by plastics and solutions to these problems relevant to the national context.

This is to be done by creating a short video which expresses feelings or ideas about plastic
pollution.

❖ EARTH DAY FACT SHEET
The Earth Day 2024 theme ‘Planet vs. Plastics’ emphasizes our collective commitment to tackle
the plastic crisis and reduce production of plastics for the sake of human and planetary health.
The majority of plastic produced finds its way to landfills or ends up in our rivers and oceans.
‘Planet vs. Plastics’ unites students, parents, businesses, governments, churches, unions,
individuals, and NGOs in the fight against plastic pollution.
Actions to help reduced production of plastics include:
1. Promoting widespread public awareness of the damage done by plastic to human, animal,
and all biodiversity’s health and more research be conducted on its health implications.
2. Rapidly phasing out all single use plastics.
3. Addressing fast fashion and the vast amount of plastic it produces and uses.
4. Investing in innovative technologies and materials.

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❖ Contest Details
Submission
Participants must complete the virtual submission form and submit their video via the virtual
submission link by Monday 15th April, 2024 at 11:59p.m.AST.

Submissions must include:
• Participant name
• Participant school
• Video title
• Brief (250 words max) written description of the video submission
• Video

Submission Link:
https://forms.gle/dXzu5cAfAyqrfxNP6

Contest Rules
Submissions that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.
• Participants must be a current Secondary School student.
• The video can be an individual or group submission.
• Any group submissions must identify the school to which they belong
• Each participant may only submit one (1) short video, whether it is a group or individual
submission.

• Categories:
Individual
o Forms 1 - 3
o Forms 4 - 6

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Group
o Forms 1 - 3
o Forms 4 - 6

• The video must be thirty (30) to sixty (60) seconds long, not including credits. Credits
should not exceed 10 seconds in duration.
• The video must encapsulate major concepts involving plastic pollution.
• The video must demonstrate known or innovative solutions to plastic pollution.
• The video must be relevant to the national context.
• All video submissions should be wholesome, socially and culturally appropriate and follow
general community guidelines of the media platforms used.

 

Prizes
Four (4) Categories:
1. Individual: Forms 1 - 3
2. Individual: Forms 4 - 6
3. Group: Forms 1 - 3
4. Group: Forms 4 - 6

The winning video submission from each category will be aired on national television and will
be part of the Ministry’s 2024 Earth Day Celebration Campaign.

The winning videos will also be featured on the Ministry of Planning and Development and the
Environmental Policy and Planning Division’s social media platforms.

The winners will also receive other exciting prizes!

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Judging Criteria
Winning submissions will be scored based on the following criteria for each category:
● Contest Theme Depiction- 30%

● Creativity- 40%

● Description of Video -10%

● Overall Execution – 20%

Submissions will be considered once participants follow the Contest Rules.

Winners will be announced on April 22, 2024, for Earth Day!