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UN Seeks Children's Depictions Of Climate Change

UN seeks children's depictions of impact of climate change

17 July 2008 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its annual painting competition for children, calling for artwork from youth on the subject of climate change, ranging from its impact on the planet to steps everyone can take, such as using renewable energy and energy-saving light bulbs, using public transportation and planting trees.

The agency is urging youngsters around the globe between the ages of 5 to 13 to take part in the 18th International Children's Painting Competition, which this year is focusing on the theme "Climate Change: Our Challenge."

The contest - organized by UNEP, Japan's Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, Bayer and Nikon Corporation - is gaining momentum every year, with a record 15,550 entries from 90 countries submitted last year.

One global winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, while one winner each from the six regions - Africa, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America - will receive $1,000 each.

All winners will receive fully paid trips, along with a chaperone, to next year's Tunza International Children's Conference, where the 2009 global winner will be announced.

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