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Contest for youth to address climate change

Photos, videos may help agencies find the way forward

Young people ages 13-23 with a knack for photography and videography are invited to use their artistic abilities to answer the question, "What can you do to stop climate change?"

Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments are sponsoring the first "Art of the Horizon: Youth Confronting Climate Change" photo and video contest, which closes at 5 p.m. March 22.

"Young people are very concerned about the impacts of climate change," said Alix Bockelman, MTC/ABAG deputy executive director for policy. "We want to give them a voice -- that they can have an impact in solving the climate crisis."

"Art on the Horizon" is part of the agencies' Horizon Initiative, a planning efforts that explores challenges Bay Area residents may face through 2050. The 18-month efforts began early last year by asking residents: "What are the most pressing issues we should consider as we plan for life in 2050?" The answers overwhelmingly included preserving natural resources, open space and clean air, with a strong desire to reduce residents' environmental footprint.

"We are excited to see what inspires the youth of the Bay Area," Bockelman said. "We hope that they will show us a path forward, that change is possible."

Entries will be judged by representatives from MTC/ABAG as well as art professionals on how well the theme is addressed, creativity, quality and technique. Categories of photos and videos will be based on age groups, 13-17 and 18-23.

Submit entries at bayareametro.github.io/horizonart.

The winners will be announced at an event on the UC Berkeley campus April 25 and through MTC's social media channels. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive monetary prizes.

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