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The #Youth4ClimateLive Series is launching the #SumItUp competition with an opportunity for YOU to win a chance to participate in the Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition event in Milan ahead of the 2021 Pre-COP26, as well as have your creative work promoted! 


#SumItUp is a climate education competition that calls for young creators to peak their mind and share their creative work! 


If you are a climate advocate or creative young person between the age of 15 to 29, then this competition is for you!


The #SumItUp competition will remain open for submissions from now until March 31, 2021.


The winners of #SumItUp competition will have a chance to take part in #Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition ahead of Pre-COP26 in Milan!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED? It’s simple! 

  1. Register and attend the monthly #Youth4ClimateLive virtual events (or watch online at Youth4Climate.Live).

  2. Create a #SumItUp visual representation or video message that captures the essence, ideas, and outcomes of one of the #Youth4ClimateLive Series episodes of your choosing.

  3. Submit & share your #SumItUp on social media using the hashtag!

  4. Click on these shortcuts to learn more about:

The #SumItUp competition invites you to use your authentic voice to present a one minute video reflection or unleash your creativity to present a unique visual infographic  of what happened in one  of the #Youth4ClimateLive Series episodes.


Each sum-up should communicate key takeaways from the episode of your choosing rather than a general summary.

The #Youth4ClimateLive Series has a total of 9 episodes. Each episode looks at climate action through a different angle, whether it be nature-based solutions or youth action, and as such, each episode will have unique key takeaways! All you have to do is pick an episode that resonates with you and… #SUMITUP!

Not Sure How to #SumItUp?


Well, imagine you are in a room full of people who haven’t seen any Youth4ClimateLive episodes; your goal is to create a video or infographic that sums up what they need to know from the episode you’ve selected. See below for more inspo!


 A video message aims to convey the main takeaways and themes from the episode through your words. It should be no longer than 1 minute, and can be as creative or simple as you’d like for it to be!

An infographic that aims to convey an idea or concept through pictures, numbers, and other observable elements, with as little text or sound as possible. Text is absolutely allowed but only use what’s necessary and be creative with it as well. 


Here's the fun part: you can be as creative as you want! We've also included some infographics and videos for your inspiration

Infographic Examples

Check out this whiteboard animation on

‘Climate Change and the Future of Humanity’

by David Wallace-Wells!

You can learn more about whiteboard animations here and about mind maps here. 

Here is an example of a silent video

 Fashion4Climate “Rewear, Reuse, Repair”

made by Connect4Climate World Bank Group.

Curious how you can make your own silent video?

Read more here.

For more inspiration and free mediums that you can use to create your own #SumItUp, please check out these resources: Canva, PiktochartKrita, ArtweaverFont Awesome, Easel. We encourage you to check out the Submission Guidelines and Submission Rules before you submit your work.

How Does It Work?


Participants will submit their entries through  submit their entries in two steps: 

  1. Submit using the submission form on the bottom of this page 

  2. Share your submission on your social media using the hashtag #SumItUp. Make sure to tag @UNYouthEnvoy, @Connect4Climate and @PreCop26ITA!

Submissions will be displayed on the Reach Not Preach platform so the #Youth4ClimateLive audience can vote for their favorite #SumItUp at the end of the competition! Your peers will be asked to consider your creativity, originality, accessibility, and how well you summarize key takeaways from the Y4C series. 

Why Should You Participate?

Prizes! Promotion! Peer-to-peer learning!  The top three submissions will be selected by audience voting on the Reach Not Preach platform at the end of the competition. All three finalists will have their work promoted online and showcased at the Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition event. 


Of the three finalists, one winner will be selected through audience vote to win a trip (including travel and accommodation) to present their creative sum-up in person at “Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition” in Milan from September 28 to 30, 2021. If the winner is below the age of 18, travel and accommodation will be provided for one guardian.

Disclaimer: All participants will receive full credit and retain ownership over their work.

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Submission Guidelines

Participants: Youth between the ages of 15 and 29 are eligible to apply. If a participant is 17 years of age or younger, their legal guardian must be aware of their participation and submission. 


Product: Either a (1) Video summary on the key takeaways from one of the #Youth4ClimateLive episodes, or (2) a visual infographic on the key takeaways from one of the #Youth4ClimateLive episodes.

Submission Format & Technology Specs: 

    • If making infographics, photos, or other digital art, please submit each page (if more than one) of your content as a high resolution file (at least 2048 by 2048 pixels) saved as a .jpeg or .png 

    • Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes with the following tech specs:

      • Frame rate: 23.98, 25, or 29.97

      • HD Resolution: 1920x1080 (horizontal) or 1080x1920 (vertical) or 1080x1080 (square)

      • Preferred file types: .mov, .mp4

    • Language of text should be English

    • File name should be your name! If you have more than one image, please number them (ie. JaneGoodall1, JaneGoodall2, JaneGoodall3)

Dates: The contest will commence on August 28, 2020 and continue until March 31, 2021. The submission form will remain open throughout this duration. Judging will take place at the end of the competition, and the three finalists and winner will be announced following that timeline. 

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Submission Rules
  • Your concept must be original.

  • You must license/obtain the rights to use any elements in your submission that are not your original work. 

  • You must submit an individual entry through the link below 

  • You must be between the ages of 15 and 29 to be eligible to participate. 

  • You may register for webinars and catch up on past episodes here at Youth4Climate.Live

  • You must agree to the terms and conditions listed below.

Disclaimer: Participants are entitled to the ownership of their creative submissions and will receive full credit on all promotion platforms.

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  • The top three submissions will have their creative sum-up presented at the Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition Pre-COP event in Milan 2021. They will receive full credit and recognition for their work. 

  • Of the three finalists, one winner will be selected to win a trip (including travel and accommodation) to Milan to present their creative sum-up in person at Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition in Milan from September 28 to 30, 2021. Please note, if the winner is below the age of 18, the winner will receive travel and accommodation for themselves and their guardian. 

  • Finalists’ work will be used as a learning tool to be included in Youth4ClimateLive website and shared with all the participants of Pre-COP26. 

  • Finalists’ work will be promoted on social media by the office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Connect4Climate - World Bank Group, and the Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea. 

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