Geospatial information shared Data Delivery Systems using GIS Maps is a great way to communicate information using statistics, photographs, videos, and more on challenges around climate change, pollution solutions, water management, innovative solutions to address the issues. Each pin on the GIS map expands to be a component of this new form of interactive locative and temporal documentary platform. It was started in 2015 and will continue to grow and be a source for comparative analysis as well as an excellent informational tool for both the world and UN policymakers regarding climate change and managing the earth. The map has inspired many young people to address issues in their community or country and be proactive about seeking a better world. Many will interview scientists to spread the word or rely on video evidence, researched facts, etc. to share their stories in a three-minute video presentation.
Dr. Terry based his dissertation on how GIS maps such as The Youth Climate Report which house videos, photos, reports, metadata, and locative and temporal details, can be used as an effective Data Delivery System using to inform and educate the policymakers and others about global climate issues that need addressing. Dr. Terry wrote his findings in his book, published by Palgrave-MacMillan – ‘The GeoDoc – Geomedia, Documentary Film and Social Change’.
The Youth Climate Report is an ongoing project. and open to participants from every continent. Submitted videos are juried by members of the UNFCC and Dr. Terry to make sure they are of suitable quality and meet one of the two subjects that change each year. If you are interested in participating in next year’s competition, just look at some of the entries to get a feel for what innovative offerings the students are producing for this evolving GIS map.
The United Nations honoured The Youth Climate Report (YCR) with one of only 13 Sustainable Development Goals Action Awards for 2020. The creator of the GIS-based project, Dr. Mark Terry, participated in the UN’s virtual SDG Action Awards ceremony March 25 and 26, 2021. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action Awards are presented each year by the United Nations to acknowledge initiatives demonstrating significant impact, creativity, innovation, and replicability. The Youth Climate Report won an Honourable Mention making it the ONLY Canadian program to be recognized in 2020 out of a field of more than 1,000 nominated projects.