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Teenaged video artists tackle recycling

How do you get a teenager thinking beyond angst, driving, and the Friday night dance? Officials in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, answered that question with “Give them a video camera and production tools.” The county’s “Rev Up Recycling” contest challenged student teams from area high schools to create public service videos on recycling.

The contest organizers announced winners last week; the video above, produced by students at Glen Burnie High School, took home the top honors. You can find other entries, including a rap video, a recycling romance, and a game show parody, at the county’s recycling program site (“Contests”> “TV Commercial Contests”).

In 2005, climate change activist and educator Bill McKibben asked “Where are the books? The poems? The plays? The goddamn operas?” on global warming. His point: the arts can engage us creatively and emotionally in the environmental challenges we face. Kudos to Anne Arundel county officials for attempting to stimulate students’ creativity… maybe these kids will start asking for hybrids, or even bicycles, for their 16th birthdays…

Via HometownAnnapolis.com and Earth 911