Announcing the EDUTOX Video Challenge

A youth engagement project to create an environment and health-focused video for a chance to win a scholarship or smartphone

Jan 21 2016

EduTOX Video Challenge launches today! The EduTOX Video Challenge invites young people to make short videos (maximum two minutes) that outline the links between toxins and health and, most importantly, motivate action.

Videos can highlight simple actions that people can take to reduce exposures to common toxins, such as reading product labels and learning what is in the products we use, changing the way we clean our homes, or reducing exposure to hazardous substances used in hobbies or at work.

Videos can also encourage action at the societal level: for example, encouraging elected representatives to improve regulations, or asking manufacturers and retailers to offer less-toxic products.

To help youth get started, the EduTOX website provides information about some toxins, their health effects, and ways we can avoid them.

The EduTOX Video Challenge is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 22 who lives in Canada. Videos can be submitted by individuals or groups: as a class assignment, eco-organization/club project or as an activity with friends, colleagues or classmates. Videos can be in English or French (or any other language with English or French subtitles).

The deadline for submissions is March 21, 2016 and winners will be announced in May. Prizes are valued at over $7,600, including cash scholarships, electronics and merchandise for the top eight winning videos. Four of the winners will be invited to Ottawa in June 2016 to receive their prizes and present their video in-person at the annual World’s Largest Sandbox event on Sparks Street Mall. The first eligible 20 entries will also receive a $50 early bird prize.

Detailed information is available on the EduTOX website:

The EduTOX Video Challenge is a partnered project of the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE), the David Suzuki Foundation, the New Brunswick Lung Association, Pollution Probe, The Sandbox Project, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, the University of Ottawa, and the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health.