"We all eat. We may not all be on a sports team, go to church or practice religion, but we all eat."
That’s the premise stated in “Around the Same Table,” a four-minute video by students at Hillsborough’s Cedar Ridge High School, which was chosen as one of the nine winners of the My Word 360° contest.
Out of 76 student video submissions from 24 countries around the world, only nine were chosen as winners and screened at the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.
My World 360° is a contest hosted in partnership by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action Campaign, Digital Promise Global and Oculus from Facebook. The contest aims to give global youth creators the opportunity to create a media project about a sustainability issue relevant to their community.
Local communities can depict how they are committed to sustainability in the hopes of inspiring renewed effort at the United Nations Assembly toward its global Sustainable Development Goals, such as clean energy and zero hunger.
For the small town of Hillsborough and students at Cedar Ridge, the solution to sustainability is the mutual commitment to sustainability practices between modern and traditional farming.
Andrea DeGette, videography instructor at Cedar Ridge High School, said she received the Digital Promise Global virtual reality technology grant of $1,200 to make the video in March 2019.
“I asked my upper-division students what they thought a local sustainability issue was and decided that the intersection of progressive farming with traditional, family farming was critical,” DeGette said.
DeGette pointed out the similarities between traditional and modern farming.