10/20/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Maggie Gyllenhaal Wants Your Video on Climate Change -- Influence Political Leaders, Win $3000

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A while back I told you about and its campaign to bring down CO2 levels to acceptable levels to sustain human life on earth as we know it. Recently some of their pals at Brighter Planet and 1Sky launched the Climate Matters Video Contest. Now, unforch, the contest deadline (as well as the deadline for taking meaningful action on climate change) is rapidly approaching. Listen up video-makers: you have until September 22 to upload your video. Go to it! Wait -- you should know that the first-place winner will receive a carbon-off-setting $3,000 Brighter Planet™ Visa® Gift Card; the second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500 Brighter Planet Visa Gift Cards respectively.

What's the Political Point?

Gillian Caldwell from 1Sky introduced us to the contest right here on HuffPo. She also provided a little video sample inspiration. Basically contest entrants are gunning for the opportunity to get 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:,, and

Green Celebrity Judges Galore

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.

Go Green Video and then upload!

Once you've made your Climate Matters masterpiece, you upload it at Vimeo's nifty, official contest site here.