Horton student wins first place for video on climate change

Published on May 11, 2017

Grade 11 student Douah Shakshuki won an international video competition recently with her slant on imported food and climate change.

©Wendy Elliott

GREENWICH NS – Douah Shakshuki received first place and a prize of $1,000 for her video on climate change.  

The Grade 11 student submitted her one-minute video to the World of 7 Billion international student competition sponsored by Population Connection.
According to Douah, she learned of the video contest from a poster in school. Her video, Combat Climate Change, Starting with the Food We Eat, focuses on the major impact meat consumption and food transportation has on climate change. Her video was selected by a panel of 33 judges.
With the video, Douah says she wanted to emphasize what individuals can do to lessen the strain food production has on the climate.
As an animator, she is self-taught. She entered all three categories in the competition, which had a 60 second time limit.
“I have a vegetable garden in the summer,” Douah said. “If I can do it, other people can do it, too.”
In her free time, Douah enjoys drawing, clay sculpting and decorating cakes. She also has a passion for volunteering to help people in need.
Her philanthropic spirit helped her win the Lieutenant Governor’s Respectful Citizenship Award in 2014 for raising funds for local charities and building interfaith relations in her community.
“I was especially impressed with students’ thoughtfulness on some of the most challenging issues facing our globe,” said John Seager, president of Population Connection. “It really gives me hope that this generation of young people are so committed to a just and environmentally-friendly future”

About World of 7 Billion
Nineteen films from five countries earned the top spots in the “World of 7 Billion” video contest this year. The competition included nearly 3,000 video submissions from middle and high school students from 45 countries and 48 U.S. States and territories. The videos explored population growth as it relates to rapid urbanization, ocean health, or climate change and offered at least one idea for a sustainable solution.

To view Douah’s winning video: https://www.worldof7billion.org/video_winners/combat-climate-change-starting-food-eat/