Grand challenge

The Umbrella Project


Express yourself about climate change and send your one minute video

Be our regional ambassador!
Be our regional ambassador!

It started in The Netherlands, a country at risk of being flooded by the sea within one or two centuries: the idea of a worldwide project, to map the new reality of climate change and report on ways to counter it.

As a not-for-profit foundation based in the Netherlands, we want to commit as many people as possible.

We like to offer you an opportunity to be our regional ambassador and help us generate local videos and committed presentations. Feel free to ask for more information!

Get in touch!

  • Will you publish my personal opinion about global warming?
    Yes, we would be honoured, so you can send your video message about climate change to our email address. We do prefer to give it our own 'fingerprint' by adding a CDTP banner and by limiting the length to about one minute.

    Get in touch!
  • What kind of subjects are suitable for the journalistic formula?
    We would like fo focus on three climate change issues:

    1) The causes and consequences of climate change (observation).
    2) The way we seek to lower the risks posed by climatic change (adaptation).
    3) Actions to limit the magnitude or rate of global warming - such as CO2 reduction (mitigation).

    The topics must have a journalistic relevance.
  • Are promotional videos welcome too?
    Any serious video story about a significant climate change related subject is welcome, as long as it focuses on the content of the solution and not specific on the PR.

    All videos must fit in the CDTP format, which means: presented by our junior reporter.
  • Who is going to pay for the production? Can I sponsor this?
    We hope to get support from stakeholders and sponsors who like our initiative and recognize the importance and urgency of the matter. You can adopt one or more future videos to be recorded at any place in the world. Output videos will clearly show the credits. Please ask for rates and conditions.

    Get in touch!
  • Can I be your correspondent and suggest an item?
    Of course. Cool Down the Planet invites you to be our regional correspondent!

    We aim to find motivated people, students or professionals, who can help us find subjects that are suitable for future video reports. The topics must have journalistic relevance. The next step is to get stakeholders to adopt the suggested video items.

    Interested in joining our global team? Get in touch!
  • Can I offer my services as a reporter (cameraman or camerawoman)?
    We intend to work with freelancers everywhere in the world. Cameramen and women are not only asked to shoot some video footage concerning the topic, but also to record a short 'stand-upper' on location. So you will be introduced as a reporter as well :-). We will prepare the project together.

    Our videos are quite basic and transparant. Some features:
    - One reporter starting with a short stand-upper.
    - One or two interviewees.
    - At least a dozen of cover shots
    - Output videos can be 3-4 minutes long.

    We will edit the footage. You can send a first selection by or
    Any (semi-) professional video-maker can ask for more information. We invite you to send your portfolio, and join the team of 'cool' makers. Get in touch!
  • Who owns Cool Down The Planet? What is your motivation?
    Our platform was initiated by a small organization - New Energy TV - with full support of Delft University of Technology. Once online we are steered by an independent not-for-profit foundation called 'Cool Down The Planet', based in the Netherlands.

    Eager to embark on this endeavour without any further ado, Cool Down the Planet did not wait for the necessary resources and partnerships. Nonetheless we do need them and sincerely hope you will lend us your trust and support.
  • How can we partner with Cool Down The Planet?
    Delft University of Technology has taken the lead in supporting this platform. It has facilitated Cool Down the Planet by giving valuable feedback on various issues and some basic funding. Now the time has come to spread our wings and look for wider endorsement.

    OUR ACTIVITIES: – managing a video platform about climate change – mobilizing junior reporters, stakeholders and partners – editing incoming footage

    OUR REQUEST: – help us identify interesting topics to be featured – lend your (company) name to these videos and be a sponsor – be a stakeholder by joining and supporting our initiative

    OUR OFFER: – get official COOL status and be part of our COOL community – benefit from the promotion through credits in our videos and on our website
    Get in touch!

Express your thoughts, ideas or worries concerning climate change in a one-minute-video
Send it as a file to our email address

Take up the camera, travel to the interview location and shoot the video footage. Be welcome as a (junior or senior) camera-journalist-reporter!
If you, as a one-mans-band, are interested in our formula, ask for more information, send your portfolio, and join our team.

We're looking for really COOL sponsors and commissioners to adopt our low-budget video projects concerning climate change.
As a future sponsor be invited in helping us select appropriate subjects for the corresponding report(s).