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Newton Fund helps young video makers compete to help Brazil solve resources problems

22 September 2016

Research experts at the University of Birmingham are calling on young talents in Brazil, the UK and around the globe to produce and submit a three-minute video that captures the theme ‘Food, water and energy in my everyday life’. 

The 'Food-Water-Energy Challenge’ links Brazil to the rest of the world and is open to anyone aged 10 to 25 at any school, college, university or youth organisation in any country. The winners will be chosen by a popular vote on the video sharing website YouTube. 

Camera KingstonIt is part of (Re)Connect the Nexus  - a two-year research partnership with Brazilian experts from Sao Paulo State University (UNESP). The project also involves experts from the UK Universities of Northampton and Leicester. 

Professor Peter Kraftl, from the University of Birmingham, said: “Young people make up 42% of Brazil’s population and they have a crucial role to play in securing food, water and energy – we want to connect young Brazilians with the world. 

“We hope that the video competition will inspire children and young people to produce great videos that will spark debate around Nexus issues – not just in Brazil and the UK. We want to see children and young people around the globe coming together to help solve the problems facing Brazil.” 

Water, energy and food are fundamental to maintaining our society in a sustainable way.There is a complex interdependence between sectors producing these resources and all are subject to similar demographic, economic and climatic pressures. 

This is known as the ‘water-energy-food nexus’ and examples include:

  • the amount of energy required to pump water supply systems;
  • water demand for hydroelectric power generation or thermoelectric cooling; and
  • conflict between the use of land for crops aimed at food production and biofuels

Click here to read the full article on the University of Birmingham website.