CAPS Crowdifornia Student Video Competition Has Top Prize of $5,000

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By Maria Fotopoulos

Maria is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow who focuses on the impacts of growth on biodiversity. Find her on Twitter | in | FB.

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January 8, 2015

Students across the country have the opportunity to use their video production, research, storytelling and other creative skills to win the top prize of $5,000 when they enter the CAPS Crowdifornia video competition, which is now underway. The second-place winner will receive $2,500, and three runner-ups will each receive an iPhone 6.

Please share this with students in your family, students you know, friends with kids in high school or college, or students you teach. Students can enter by creating up to a 60-second video that talks about how population growth is impacting biodiversity loss, natural resource depletion, education, traffic or infrastructure in the country, and then propose a solution.

Through the video competition, CAPS hopes to increase awareness among youth about the negative consequences of rapid population growth and to encourage students to explore the sources and implications of continuing growth, and consider ideas for creating a sustainable population in the United States.

In California alone, the population has nearly doubled in only 40 years, and projections point to more growth – potentially 60 million people by 2050. Currently, the state is home to nearly 39 million people. This is a long way from the California of just 100 years ago which was relatively wide open, with not quite 2.4 million people.

To enter the Crowdifornia video competition, students need to have a Facebook page. For complete rules, go to the CAPS website.


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