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World of 7 Billion Video Contest Winners Announced!

Over 900 high school students from the U.S., Canada, and abroad took part in the “World of 7 Billion” video contest hosted by the Education Program at Population Connection. Students were challenged to create a 60 second video that illustrates the connection between world population at 7 billion and one of three topics: climate change, global poverty, and water sustainability. Videos went through three rounds of judging with the final round being determined by a panel of volunteer judges – experts from places like USDA, The Nature Conservancy, and several media outlets and filmmakers.

The winning videos, along with bios of the student filmmakers, can be viewed online at In each of the three categories, the first place winner took home a $1,000 prize, the second place winner took home a $500 prize, and two/three honorable mentions took home a $250 prize. We were blown away by the quality of the videos and the amount of creativity and thoughtfulness that went into each submission. Check them out and enjoy!

You can sign up to receive email updates about next year’s contest by following this link: Additional information and teacher resources for teaching about population and the many related issues can be found at and the main Population Education website,

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