I LIVE GREEN - video competition

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Many people across Europe are opting for more environment-friendly choices and actions every day. The European Environment Agency (EEA) and its partners have invited European citizens to share their green choices and actions in the form of short videos in the ‘I LIVE GREEN’ competition.

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Submissions closed on 31 March 2018 and all the competition winners, i.e. the winners in each thematic category (Sustainable food; Clean air; Clean water; and Minimal Waste), as well as the Public Choice Award, were announced on the EEA website on 5 June 2018, the World Environment Day.

Watch the winning videos on the winner announcement page

The finalist entries were presented to an external jury composed of environmental communication experts from across Europe, who determined the winners in the four thematic categories. The finalist entries were also put to a public vote until 31 May 2018, 23:59 (CEST). The entry with most votes has received the Public Choice Award.

Competition winners will receive a cash prize and all entries may be promoted by the EEA and its partners across Europe.

View the 31 finalist entries on our YouTube channel

About the competition

The state of the environment around us is affected by many of our daily decisions, ranging from what we eat to how we travel or heat our homes. Some of our day-to-day decisions are made with the intention of minimising negative impacts on the environment, and consequently on our health. What are the small or big actions you take to help the environment? European citizens have shared their actions to be a source of inspiration for others.   

Although green actions can be taken in almost every aspect of our lives, the video competition ‘I LIVE GREEN’ has focused on the following four areas:

1. Sustainable food

Nutritious food is essential for a healthy life. Food production requires valuable resources like land and water. Pesticides and fertilisers in agriculture can have an impact on soil and ground water. Certain dietary choices and habits, such as how much meat we consume or how creative we are with leftover food, can play a role in ensuring that resources are not wasted and that we exert less pressure on the environment.

2. Clean air

Air pollutants are released as a result of many different activities, from transport to agriculture. Our preference for public transport, cycling or walking, car-sharing or opting for an electric car instead of a petrol or diesel car can certainly help improve air quality, and also boost the quality of life in our city.

3. Clean water

Our water resources are under a number of pressures, including over-extraction, climate change and pollution from different sources like agriculture and urban wastewater, impacting not only our health but also marine life. Plastic shopping bags, facial scrubs and toothpaste containing micro-plastics can all end up in our seas and harm marine animals.

4. Minimal waste

All the products we buy have a limited lifespan. There are innovative ways to reduce the amount of discarded products we send to landfills. At best, some products can be leased and shared with others, while others can be repaired and/or re-used for different purposes. Or, different types of materials can be recycled in a way to be used in new products.

Competition partners

The competition has been initiated by and developed in collaboration with:

  • ISPRA (The Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research)

Official partners include:

Competition details


The winners in each category (Sustainable food, Clean air, Clean water, and Minimal waste) will be awarded a cash prize of EUR 1000, while EUR 500 is on offer for the finalist who wins the Public Choice Award.


The copyright of the materials submitted for this competition remains with the respective participants. However, each entrant grants the EEA and its European partners the right to use the submitted materials in its environmental communication – both digital and print – crediting the copyright owners. 

Selection process

The EEA will appoint a pre-selection committee consisting of communication and environment experts that will select 30-50 finalists. These will then be submitted to an external jury to be composed of environmental communication experts from across Europe will determine the winners, with the exception of the Public Choice Award. 

For the Public Choice Award, the finalist entries put forward by the pre-selection committee was put to a public vote from 1 May to 31 May 2018. 

The winners will be notified by email and the official announcement of the winners will follow on 5 June 2018, the World Environment Day. 

The EEA will also use a number of competition entries to produce the final video spot that will be published in 2019.


Submissions open

1 December 2017

Submissions closed

31 March 2018

Public vote opens

1 May 2018

Public vote closes

31 May 2018

Winners announced     

5 June 2018


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