WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 31 – Will you be the one who inspires our next President to take action on climate change? Brighter Planet and 1Sky are introducing the Climate Matters Video Contest on Vimeo.com to give Americans everywhere the opportunity to inspire our next president to take bold climate action.

“It’s time we had a President who stood up to the climate challenge. Unfortunately, too many of our leaders continue to offer up half-measures when bold steps are required,” said Gillian Caldwell, Campaign Director for 1Sky. “This contest is about inspiring our next President and Congress to take urgent action to tackle the climate challenge and create a healthy, clean energy economy.”

The Climate Matters Video Contest provides all Americans with the chance to have their global climate change message seen by our next president and other political leaders. This October, the top 10 videos will be featured during a Washington, D.C.-based event for the media, Congress and both presidential campaigns. These top videos will also be broadcast to millions via Link TV, FSTV, and online at venues including: http://www.think.mtv.com, http://www.joost.com, http://www.huffingtonpost.com and http://www.quarterlife.com.

“We know Americans are inspired to take climate action; they’re already taking steps everyday,” said actress and Climate Matters juror Maggie Gyllenhaal. “I’m excited to see what people create.”

The 10 most viewed videos will be judged by a panel that includes: actress Maggie Gyllenhaal; Rory Kennedy, Emmy award-winning documentary producer; Tia Lessin, the supervising producer of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine; Leila and Nadia Conners, the producers/directors of 11th Hour; author Anya Kamenetz; David Jenkins, Government Affairs Director of Republicans for Environmental Protection; Bill Stetson, Producer and Environmental

Consultant; Gillian Caldwell, Campaign Director of 1Sky; and Patti Prairie, CEO of Brighter Planet. The winner of the Climate Matters Video Contest will receive a $3,000 Brighter PlanetTM Visa® Gift Card; the second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500 Brighter Planet Visa Gift Cards respectively.

“We named this contest ‘Climate Matters’ because it does—it matters to each of us and to our children,” says Patti Prairie, CEO of Brighter Planet. “This contest offers Americans everywhere the opportunity to inspire political action on this pressing issue. Participate by making a video or voting with your views at our channel http://vimeo.com/climatematters.”


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