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The Youth Climate Report is a multilinear, interactive, database documentary film project using a platform of a Geographic Information System (GIS) map showcasing 400+ videos of climate research produced by youth from around the world. The project was first introduced to the UN in 2011 as a linear, one-hour documentary film incorporating five to six video reports on climate research made by students around the world. Delegates attending the annual climate summits known as the COP conferences asked for more content each year, so a new multilinear format using GIS technologies was introduced at COP21, the climate conference held in Paris, where it was used by all signatory countries of the Paris Accord in implementing climate action plans for their respective nations.

The project was later officially adopted at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco in 2016 as an official education and outreach program under Article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In this capacity, it is currently used as a data delivery system for the delegates attending the COP conferences as a resource in their policy creation sessions. It was introduced at COP21, the climate conference held in Paris in 2015 where it was used by all signatory countries of the Paris Accord in implementing climate action plans for their respective nations.

The project was created, curated, and maintained by Mark Terry, a postdoctoral Fellow with the Dahdaleh Institute of Global Health Research and the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Dr. Terry is also the author of the book The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary, and Social Change, published by Palgrave Macmillan and to be released April 2, 2020.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER:

Mark has been producing film and television for the past 25 years. Mark’s adventurous spirit has brought him to exotic locations on all seven continents, and has completed his PhD in creating multilinear documentary film projects such as the Youth Climate Report, known as the “Geo-Doc”.

Working closely with the world’s scientific community in Antarctica and the Arctic earned him the recognition of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. His two films – The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer – were made in partnership with UNEP and both premiered at the Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun. Together, both films have won 19 international film awards for excellence.

As a Fellow of The Explorers Club, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, Mark teaches and speaks regularly about the environmental issues affecting the fragile eco-systems of the polar regions and, by extension, the world.