Your task: Create and publish one or more pieces of writing or creative media that explore arguments, demands or analyses of the movements for climate justice

Welcome to the second round of the COP22 Creative Challenge! This round focuses on the “what” stories – the arguments, demands and analyses of our movements for climate justice. While in the first round we spoke from our hearts, we now speak more from our heads – what is it that is so troubling about the current state of our society, democracy, energy systems and economy?

The firm deadline for this second round of the Creative Challenge is June 5, at 11:59pm. You are welcome to submit one or more pieces between now and then. You should submit links to your published work via this submission form. As a reminder, you must have taken part in the first round of the challenge in order to be considered for our youth delegation to COP22.

You may be interested in joining our COP22 Creative Challenge Facebook group, where participants can connect to share resources and stories.

“I began to ask each time: “What’s the worst that could happen to me if I tell this truth?” Unlike women in other countries, our breaking silence is unlikely to have us jailed, “disappeared” or run off the road at night… And then our speaking out will permit other women to speak, until laws are changed and lives are saved and the world is altered forever.” – Audre Lorde

What should I write about?

You might choose to write about “What does racial justice have to do with climate change?” or “What does the Paris Agreement mean for the state of Virginia?” or “What influence does fossil fuel money have on our state elections?” Maybe you’ll create art around “What connects fracking and drought in California?” or a video about “What does the presidential election mean for US climate policy?” While this round of the challenge asks for a more analytical approach, the most powerful pieces will still tell stories – whether our own, or others’. It’s always important to remember that we speak as ourselves, from our own positionalities and identities. A good place to start will be your own campaign, your research, your home state or your own nexus of social change. You are the world’s authority on your own work.

If you’re having trouble getting started, here are five suggested topics, supported by informational webinars and further resources.

  • Break Free 2016 – worldwide mobilizations to keep fossil fuels in the ground
  • Fossil fuel money in politics – how does the corruption of our democracy influence climate policy?
  • Loss and Damage – how do we support communities already experiencing devastating losses due to climate injustice?
  • Trade agreements and climate – what does international trade have to do with climate policy?
  • #ZeroBy2050 – deep decarbonization. What will it take to get your town/state/country/world through a just transition to 100% renewable energy?

Where should I publish my work?

The creative challenge is about taking your writing or creative media-making to the next level. If you’ve never written publicly before, maybe starting a personal blog or self-publishing on Medium makes sense as a first step. If that feels within your comfort zone, push yourself to pitch to local or regional press, or to a relevant blog. This is about getting your story to a wide and relevant audience. No matter where you end up publishing, be sure to share the link widely on social media.

How do I begin?

See below for a step-by-step guide to publishing your creative piece. You should also be sure to utilize our storytelling resources. If you’re thinking about writing for this round then take a look at our example opinion editorials and ‘How do I write an opinion editorial?’ We will also have a series of supporting informational webinars for Round Two, to be announced shortly.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Morgan Curtis, our COP22 Delegation Leader, with questions at any time. Do look through our FAQ first, just in case your question has been answered before.