Wanna Save The World In 60 Seconds: Ride A Bike

Sal holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.

60, 59, 58…

…if you had just one minute to preserve civilization, what would you do?

This question was posed to the Stanley Kubricks and Stephen Spielbergs of tomorrow in “1 Minute to Save the World,” a filmmaking contest geared toward engaging the world’s youth on climate change.

The winning entry, “Me and My Bike,” was created by Wafalme, a group of rapping teenagers from the slums of Nairobi.

For their eco-efforts, Walfame (the Kings) won the Artists Project Earth Youth Visions Award, as well as $8,000.

"Most of us just sit and wait for the governments to take action about climate change ... together we can, with small actions in our daily life, make a difference,” Walfame member Dickson Oyugi told the Huffington Post.

Shot in and around Nairobi, where residents endure grinding traffic and pollution, the song is littered with catchy eco-lyrics:

"It's good for my health/because I need to exercise/it doesn't need any gas/just my feet and my eyes."

And:

“Petrol prices don’t bother me/I just pop the tires/its all for free.”

The group has a knack for green short films.

Last year, it hit pay dirt with “Trash Is Cash,” a rap video with a wickedly addictive chorus line—“No more pollution/trash is cash”—that sheds light on Nairobi’s entrenched trash problem. City businesses dump 1.5 tons of trash daily at Dandora and Korogocho, two slums with no garbage collection—but 80 percent of that could be recycled, according to reports.

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