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Student competing in global video-blog contest

A University of Toledo student is among five finalists in a global United Nations Environmental Program video-blog contest.

Randolph

Randolph

Kaitlyn Randolph, a third-year secondary science education major, was selected by a jury of the United Nations as one of the finalists. She is a student in the Jesup W. Scott Honors College.

As part of World Environment Day, which will take place June 5, amateur videographers submitted videos in order to raise awareness of the changing environment.

Randolph’s video explains the dangers of rising sea levels and increased greenhouse gasses as a result of human activity.

“I think it is important for everyone to be aware of these issues,” Randolph said. “There are certain things people can do to reduce their carbon footprint to help preserve our Earth; it is something everyone should be conscious of.”

Don Cheadle, award-winning actor-director and United Nations Environmental Program goodwill ambassador, will help choose the final winner Sunday, April 27.

The winner will be selected based on messaging, creativity and popularity. The more views the video submissions have, the more popular they become.

Students, faculty and staff can help generate popularity by sharing the video on Facebook and Twitter with the hash tag #WED2014.

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity,” Randolph said. “I feel like education majors are not recognized as much on a global scale, so for me to be a part of this is truly an honor. I am passionate about environmental problems, and I think being recognized like this shows my priorities about global issues and as a future educator.”

Watch Randolph’s video here.

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