You’ve probably heard of “conflict diamonds.” Diamonds that come from a war zone, typically in Africa, whose export fuels civil conflict. On the one hand, it’s the funds from the diamonds that allow the participants to get the money they need to arm and pay their troops. And on the other hand, the ostensible political issues behind civil conflict are often really just a pretext for securing control of diamonds. Or, of course, other valuable natural resources. For example, in Congo—scene of a long-running and extraordinarily deadly series of conflicts—warring factions are often after metals such as tin and tantalum that are needed to make electronic devices such as cell phones.
But unlike “conflict diamonds” the phrase “conflict metals that are used in electronic devices” doesn’t have much public profile. The Enough Campaign is running an effort to raise awareness of the issue, and they’re working in partnership with YouTube. The idea, basically, is to get people to make videos about the subject. Videos like this:
Submissions will be judged by an exciting celebrity panel of Wim Wenders, Ryan Gosling, and Sonya Walger:
Design the best video that raises awareness about the link between our cell phones and the violence in Congo, and we will fly you to LA (from within the U.S.) where your winning video will be screened at a red carpet event to mark the occasion. The winning video will also be featured on the Enough Project’s websites and YouTube’s contest page.