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Watch the winning short videos in Columban Young Journalists ‘Throwaway Culture’ Competition

The winning video in the recent Columban Young Journalists Competition for Britain was produced by Chloe Laberinto from St Paul’s School in Milton Keynes.

Nick Benson, news editor of The Catholic Universe, applauded the link made in the video between recycling and action urged by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’. He said: “Chloe echoes his call to undergo ecological conversion”. Chloe pointed out that “almost every piece of plastic ever made is still on this planet in some form or another”. Judges felt it was a well-constructed video with good use of images and video and augmented with graphics, text and well-researched facts.

Watch Chloe’s video here:

Second place video winner was Evie McCann, from St Bede’s Catholic School, Lytham St Annes, who produced “an exceptional contribution”, according to judges. The video opens with beautiful images of a turtle and dolphin swimming in the ocean, contrasted with plastic pollution in waterways. She quotes from Pope Francis: “As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the Earth a beautiful garden for the human family.”

Watch Evie’s video here:

The joint third place winners, were Maureen Unwunali from St Paul’s, Milton Keynes, and Benjamin Cooper from Bishop Ullathorne, Coventry. Maureen showcased her talented creativity with a poetic statement on our society’s throwaway culture. Benjamin’s dramatic video was thought to contain “a powerful and compelling message, reference to social teaching and a call to action”. He hoped Pope Francis would one day be able to take back his words in Laudato Si’ that, “the Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth”.

Watch Maureen’s video here:

Watch Benjamin’s video here:

The Columbans invited students to produce a short video on a topic relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and Columban mission in 16 countries around the world. Around 100 young people entered between Britain and Ireland, and in England more than 20 schools were involved.