2012 Video Ecology Contest for French Language High School Students in the Midwest : Exchange for Forest Preservation and Conservation

Deadline : 04/15/2012 - APPLY NOW !

The Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France in Chicago, the Embassy of France in Washington D.C., the American Association of French Teachers and the Good Planet Foundation present an ecology contest for High School students enrolled in French language class in the Midwest in celebration of the theme Exchange for Forest Preservation and Conservation.


Students are invited to submit individual project proposals for local or personal environmental protection initiatives. The presentation must include a demonstration of the student’s interest in environmental issues and his/her commitment to environmental protection.

Good Planet Foundation, chaired by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, is the partner of the Green Connection 2012 : Exchange for the Forest Protection and Conservation.

In order to encourage students to enter the "Green Connection" contest, we invite science teachers and teachers of French to offer one or more activities on the theme of forest protection and conservation. The Good Planet Foundation, partner of the "Green Connection 2012," has provided a number of online resources to help teachers increase student awareness about forest conservation, including: The film, pictures of the exhibition and a digital version of the book of "Of Forests and Men".

This material is adaptable to a variety of teaching approaches and pedagogical activities, depending on the needs of the science or French class in question. These activities will offer students the chance to answer the following questions:

- What is a forest?

- Why are forests threatened?

- How can we act now to protect our forests for the future?


This contest is open to all American high school students (9th-12th grades) who learn French at school.

Students are invited to submit individual project proposals for local or personal environmental protection initiatives. Each proposal must be in the form of a short audiovisual presentation (reporting, interviews, etc.) with a maximum length of 4 minutes.

The material submitted must be the student’s original creation and the participant may only use video images that he/she recorded him/herself. Voice-over narration and interviews can be in French and/or English.


1st Prize: An all-expense-paid educational trip to France (July 2-13, 2012)

Important Notice: The 1st prize winner must be at least 16 years old at the time of entry into the French territory.

Other Prizes: French books.

The first prize winner’s teacher will also receive a 1 year subscription to the magazine Le français dans le monde: www.fdlm.org

All schools that submit student proposals to the contest will receive a copy of the 20 posters of the educational exhibition dedicated to the forest: The Forest: A Living Community and a copy of the book accompanying the exhibition Of Forest and Men.

NB : This contest can lead to a collaborative project with a science teacher.

- To learn more about this contest
- Green Connection on Facebook


1. Teachers should post their students’ contest entry videos on YouTube and provide the video links (URLs) on the contest application form. To create a YouTube account

2. Teachers must then fill out and submit the application form (one per class) by email.


Last modified on 02/02/2012

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