Environment Canada Nature Matters! Essay Contest

I was notified of this cool contest by the lovely @suzemuse on Twitter. Read more below:

Environment Canada is celebrating 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) with a national contest on why nature matters to Canadians. IYB 2010 is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. To help raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity, they would love to hear from Canadians between the ages of 9 and 35.

You can take part in these exciting celebrations by telling Environment Canada why nature is important to you! Entries can be EITHER video essay OR written essay.

English and French winners in 3 age categories (both written and video) will be guests of honour in Ottawa (prize includes airfare and hotel) for the Grand Reopening event of the Canadian Museum of Nature, on International Biodiversity Day on May 22, 2010, where their achievement will be honoured. Additionally, all grand-prize winning written and video essays will be displayed at the Biosphère in Montreal during 2010.

The event is a great opportunity for people (contest is open to ages 9-35) to be creative and spread their own messages about biodiversity.  More information including contest rules and judging criteria can be found here, with the Facebook event here.

The contest deadline is March 28th, so get essay-in!

Retire Your Ride

Remember 1995? Ah, those were the days. Kiss from a Rose by Seal topped the charts. Ross and Rachel kissed for the first time.  Yahoo! was founded in California. O.J.Simpson was acquitted in the murders of his ex-wife and her friend. But if 1995 is monumental for you as the date you bought the car you’re still driving, then know this:  That car produces 19 times more air pollution than a car bought in 2004 or later. It’s time to Retire Your Ride.

An initiative of the Government of Canada, Retire your Ride is designed to enable people to get their high-polluting cars off the road and reward them for doing so. The program is committed to improving air quality by responsibly recycling vehicles and aims to retire at least 50,000 vehicles per year until March 31, 2011.

Eligible participants must be owners of 1995 or older model year vehicles that are in running condition and have been registered and insured in their names in Canada for the previous consecutive 6 months.

When you Retire Your Ride, the program will ensure that it is recycled responsibly. You’ll also receive rewards that encourage you to use environmentally-friendly transportation, including a public transit pass or a membership to a car-sharing program, $300 cash or a rebate on the purchase of a 2004 and newer vehicle. Nice!

For more information visit Retire your Ride.