Amusing Monday: Eco-Comedy competition includes sharp parodies

Entries in this year’s Eco-Comedy Video Competition seem to reflect an anxiety over what will happen to the environment under President Trump’s administration — although the winning video was among a few finalists that stayed clear of an overt political message.

This is the eighth annual competition sponsored by the Center for Environmental Filmmaking and The Nature Conservancy. A total of 48 videos were submitted with this year’s theme: “Conservation and Environmental Protection.”

To qualify, the original videos, three minutes or less, must be humorous, communicate a clear message and appeal to a broad audience. A panel of five judges chose the finalists and grand prize winner, who will be honored in a ceremony next week at American University in Washington, D.C.

The grand prize winner — the first video on this page — is called “Planet B.” Produced by Ashley Holmes, the message is that there is no replacement for the Earth. The others on this page were among the six finalists. In order, they are:

  • “Ways to Kill the Earth — A Dumb Ways to Die Parody” by Maddy de Visé, Caitlyn Forté, Amie Frey, Kasey Hammond, and Chloe Mangiafico
  • “Alternative Facts” by Nishant Carr, and
  • “Freedomland” by Megan King

Others not on this page but receiving at least an honorable mention include:

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