Essay Contest | Nov 22, 2018
The Impact of Climate Change on the World’s Lakes: An essay/visual contest for IISD-ELA
After 50 years of researching Canada’s boreal lakes, we are seeing the long-term trends of our changing climate.
Climate change is the environmental threat of our time, and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report warns that our world is bracing itself for unprecedented changes to our natural world, including fresh water.
We are asking Canadian high school students to submit an essay or a visual entry in which they (1) research a freshwater lake from anywhere in the world and (2) explain the potential impacts of climate change on that lake over the next 50 years.
The top entries from both categories will win an all-inclusive trip for two to IISD Experimental Lakes Area to learn, first-hand, how we carry out our unique brand of freshwater research.
The IISD Experimental Lakes Area “Impact of Climate Change on the Worlds Lakes” essay or visual contest is open to residents of Canada who are currently enrolled in Grade 9–12 at a Canadian institution, and are returning to school in the fall of 2019. Students should have a designated teacher to guide them through the process and review the materials before submission.
Contest period and entry
To be eligible for the contest, contestants must submit all of the following documents:
- their entry for one of the two categories (either essay or visual; click here for an example of a visual entry)
- the completed entry form
- the completed consent and agreement form
Entries must be submitted no later than April 19, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST.
For more information and for the complete guidelines, see below.