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2017 Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge - Communication Track

Welcome, 2017 Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge participants!

Communicating the economic, environmental, human health, and aesthetic problems posed by marine plastic is a challenge. UN Environment, in partnership with Think Beyond Plastic™, is inviting university students around the world to submit creative communications products that create awareness of the plastic marine litter issue.

We are looking for the most innovative and creative communications product to support the transformative change under the global campaign of Marine Litter. Entries might be mobile apps, creative communication strategies, music, short film, media, story-telling, and other that demonstrate capacity to reach and engage large groups of people in addressing the marine plastics issue; that both reach the largest numbers of people as well as engage individuals and sectors to take action on the global marine litter problem.  Actions must aim for measurable reduction of the problem.

Communication methods can be diverse and varied, and creativity is encouraged.  Some examples may be how to increase awareness and engage civil society, the private sector and governments through innovative campaigns, products, apps, media, art, films, audiovisual materials, radio spots, song lyrics, and other forms of outreach products. Where possible, two-way communication is sought.

One winner in each category will be announced at the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, California (March 12-16, 2018). Winners will have the chance to present their ideas at the conference and gain entry into the Think Beyond Plastic annual acceleration program.

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The 2017 Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge is open to any university students who are 18 or above at the time of submissions. The challenge is not open to employees or contractors of Think Beyond Plastics and the United Nations, its specialized agencies, or its Funds or Programmes, including UN Environment. Additionally, any person directly or indirectly involved with organizing the Challenge, or their direct family members, may not take part in the Challenge.

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