On Earth Day (April 22nd) this year, the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) put a call out to student K-8 across the nation and asked them: How does marine debris impacts you? And, what you are doing about it? In the Program’s first art contest, students were asked to describe how they are affected by marine debris and what they are doing to help tackle this pervasive problem.
The response was overwhelming! By the time the contest closed on June 1st the MDP had received over 300 entries—all of them beautiful and each of them an inspiration and reminder of the legacies we leave our next generation.
It was very difficult to choose the winners as they were all so great! The winning artwork (shown below) will be showcased in a 2011 Marine Debris Planner that will help in raising awareness about the global problem of marine debris.
For more information please visit http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/outreach/artcontest.html.
Overall Winner and Calendar Cover Art:
“Otter Not Litter” by Ektaa T., 6th grade, CA – “Marine debris impacts me because I care for the organisms which live in this environment. Now, I’m recycling and asking other kids at my school to do it too and the bottles, cans, and paper are being reused instead of being dumped in the ocean.”
Winning artwork to be featured as months within the 2011 calendar:
Artwork by (left to right): Krish K. (1st grade, CA), Dannia A. ( 1st grade, HI), Tricia J. (2nd grade, CA), Annika F. (3rd grade, CA), Kiarha Y. (4th grade, NE), Elaine L. (4th grade, FL), William J. (5th grade, VA), Sofia H. (6th grade, CA), Kimaya C. (6th grade, CA), Anolani V. (6th grade, HI), Caroline K. (8th grade, VA), Dani F. (8th grade, VA).
Congratulations to all the winners! And, a BIG THANK YOU to all who entered!!!
“Keep the Sea Free of Debris!”