Strong Voices From eYeka’s Community About Climate Change #COP21

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In Paris, on The United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP21), Barack Obama, the president of the United States said on a press conference: » This one trend, the climate change, affects all trends… This is an economic and a security imperative that we have to tackle now. » From November 30th to December 11th, participants from 195 countries will have discussions aiming at reducing global carbon emissions and limiting global warming to 2C (3.6F). 

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Climate change has become a national and international security threat. With more frequent extreme weather and their consequences as floods, droughts, glacier-melting and sea-level rise, the potential for political instability is largely increased. It also reduces efficiency of energy production and leads to insecurity of livelihoods which results in migration. OSCE, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, wanted to raise awareness about security risks linked to climate change, and asked eYeka’s community for help on visualizing the problem.

At the end of the OSCE – Climate Change And Security contest, which asked creatives to « go beyond clichés about climate change (extreme weather, floods, droughts, heat waves, sea-level rise, etc.) and make people aware of the security and conflict risks caused by the phenomenon. » In less than a month, the OSCE received 125 visuals from 22 countries. eYeka’s community, who cares about the risks linked to climate change and many other social causes, contributed in this conversation with compelling posters and some strong and sharable visuals used to promote OSCE Security Days. Held in Vienna on October 28th 2015, the event brought together senior representatives of governments, regional and international organizations, NGOs, academia, philanthropy, business and entrepreneurs for an open, interactive discussion on the most effective approaches to counteracting the security risks of climate change.

The contest’s first prize went to FranHdez of Spain, whose powerful illustration entitled ‘Dangerous Deals’ depicted an ominous handshake between parched land and bullets, capturing the link between climate change and conflict.  He said that he wanted to create an image which “stays in the memory of whoever sees it.” His work was shown and signed at the OSCE Security Days event on climate change and security in Vienna:

Ganna Vronska, Deputy Minister on EU Integration, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, signed the poster during the Security Days event on climate change and security

Ganna Vronska, Deputy Minister on EU Integration, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, signed the poster during the Security Days event on climate change and security

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier signing the winner's poster during the OSCE Security Days event on climate change and security, Vienna, 28 October 2015

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier signing the winner’s poster, entitled ‘Dangerous Deals’, during the OSCE Security Days in Vienna on October 28th 2015

Samira from Morocco, who won second prize for her striking visual of the planet Earth draining away through an hourglass, with communities destroyed and families displaced due to climate change. She emphasized that she wanted to “show through the symbolism of the hourglass the urgency and the time factor that we must act quickly.

The third prize winner Aghidel, from Ukraine, won her prize for an image of an innocent child surrounded by environmental destruction, juxtaposing the “defencelessness of a child with the ravages of the insatiable consumption of resources, air and water pollution, deforestation, and more.” Discover the results of the OSCE – Climate change and security contest on eYeka.

Samira from Morocco won second prize for her visual of the planet Earth draining away through an hourglass

Samira from Morocco won second prize for her visual of the planet Earth draining away through an hourglass

Aghidel from Ukraine, won third prize for an image of an innocent child surrounded by environmental destruction

Aghidel from Ukraine, won third prize for an image of an innocent child surrounded by environmental destruction

I was impressed by the diversity and high standard of contest entries, » said Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General, in the contest results announcement. « [They] show the commitment of people across the OSCE region and beyond to tackle climate change. My sincere thanks go to all of the contributors for their creative efforts to portray this serious threat to security confronting us today.

My sincere thanks to all the contributors for their creative efforts to portray this serious threat (Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General)

eYeka’s CEO, Francois Pétavy, was also very happy about the outcome: “We are delighted that the OSCE provided us with the opportunity to address one of the most critical challenges that humanity is facing. Organizations that co-create with people give themselves the opportunity to become more relevant, and they help create a better world by acknowledging people’s voices.

Would you like to get involved too? Are you a creative or a brand which wants to find fresh ways to talk about climate change? Stay tuned for more « climate »-related contests on eYeka in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, if you like, click below for more photos of OSCE’s Security Days:

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier Security Days

About Yaoqi Lai

Yaoqi works as a Junior Strategic Planner and Marketing Strategist at eYeka, where she helps us spreading the message about crowdsourcing and creativity. She is passionate about branding, marketing and design.
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