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FRW's 7th Annual Climate Change Contest

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A: Purpose: To increase awareness, stimulate creative thinking and to take positive action regarding climate change and energy conservation.

B: Theme: Take Action on Climate Change and Energy Conservation (download the poster here). — Strategies We Can Use to Become a Cleaner City, Province and Country.

C: Project: To use different forms of media to illustrate positive action taken on climate change and energy conservation.


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Traditional Art Electronic Art (E-Art)
Sculpture Documentary/film
Painting(water, acrylic, oil) Music video
Drawing(crayons, pen and ink, pencil, markers) Commercial (television, radio, internet)
Cartoon strip Digital art
Photograph (collage) Computer graphics
Ceramic Computer animation
  Computer robotics

For each entry, write a brief description (10 sentences maximum) of how and why your submission illustrates positive action on climate change and energy conservation.

Issues to Consider when Designing Your Submission:

  • Does your submission make the audience want to do something positive to solve the climate change problem?
  • The sources (transportation, agriculture, deforestation etc.), impacts (human health, species extinction, wild weather etc.) and solutions (reduce, reuse, recycle, compost etc.) of climate change and global warming.
  • Suggest individual, school, community and government actions that promote to reduce climate change and conserve energy.

D: Eligibility: All Toronto, York and Durham students between grades 4 and 12 are eligible to participate.

E: Deadline: To be eligible, each submission must be post marked or received by 4:00 pm on Friday May 8th, 2009.

F: Limitations:

  • All traditional art submissions must be a maximum size of 1 metre by 1 metre (for transportation purposes)
  • All electronic art (video/cd etc) submissions must be a maximum of 30 minutes in length.
  • Submissions can be done individually or in groups consisting of three (3) students maximum.

G: Identification: Each submission should have the following information:

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  • Student Name/s
  • School Name and Mailing Address
  • School Phone Number
  • Grade and Subject
  • Student ID Number
  • Teacher Name and Contact

H: Originality: Each submission must be the original work of the student/s

I: Evaluation: Our panel of judges includes journalists, teachers, “green” business professionals, youth and community environmental leaders. Submissions will be evaluated under the following categories:

  • Relevance — Do the submissions address the project?
  • Originality — Are the submissions creative, original and dynamic?
  • Composition — Are the visuals and text well organized and balanced?
  • Influence — Do the submissions send a clear message regarding positive action regarding Climate Change and Energy Conservation?
  • Tone — What tone do the submissions use to draw attention to certain points (humour, politics, fear, sadness etc)?
  • Language — Do the submissions use correct grammar and spelling?

J: Awards Ceremony During Environment Week 2009 (May 31–June 6, 2009):

  • Dozens of prizes will be given to students on Friday June 5th 2009 — World Environment Day
  • Venue for Awards Ceremony: Lincoln Alexander PS, 38 Hillmount Road, Markham, ON – Tel: 905-284-4513
  • Photographs of the top 10 submissions will be posted on the Friends of the Rouge Watershed website at
  • The top 20 winners will receive “Certificates of Environmental Excellence” and a beautiful Rouge Park poster

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Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Grades 4 to 8 — Best submission for a) traditional art; b) electronic art; and c) creativity.
Grades 9 to 12 — Best submission for a) traditional art; b) electronic art; and c) creativity.

K: Send to:

  1. Mail: Attn: Sadhana Siva, Environmental Education Coordinator, Friends of the Rouge Watershed, 2259 Meadowvale Road, Scarbrough, ON M1X 1R2.
  2. Email: — subject line should read, “Taking Action on Climate Change and Energy Conservation Multimedia Contest.”
  3. TDSB School Courier: Route SE, Hillside Outdoor Education School, Attn: Sadhana Siva, Friends of the Rouge Watershed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sadhana (Sadi) Siva at 416-208-0252 and/or