No Time to Waste.
Eco-Art Competition 2021.

Calling all artists ages 5-22. Use your creativity to help sustain our world!

*Submissions received must be in English

* Due to U.S. regulations, cash prizes awarded outside of the United States are subject to review and may not be eligible for cash award.

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Time to Change
By Vivian Wang
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2021 - Division III (Ages 14-18)

As time continues on, temperatures rise across the globe, cases of extreme weather are observed more frequently, and the number of species in danger increases. These devastating effects have impacted forests, farms, and the economy- but the oceans still remain as the main victim of climate change. While the ocean heats up, coral bleaching occurs and water levels slowly rise. I was particularly inspired by photos of whales turning up dead with pounds of trash in their stomachs, along with articles comparing “before” and “after” pictures of polluted beaches around the world. I incorporated all of these ideas into my work; on one side of the clock, the ocean is polluted, the corals colorless, and trash floating in the water and in the whale’s stomach. In the back, I illustrated houses and a factory submerged in water- an event relating to the rising sea levels. On the other side, the water is clean and free from pollution. Although we cannot turn back time nor rid of all of the pollution and greenhouse gases completely, there is still hope to save our planet. We must try our best to slow the pace of climate change and protect the delicate ocean species and ecosystems. As I have included in my art piece, replacing fossil fuels and other energy sources that emit greenhouse gases with renewable energy resources. People should recycle their plastics and resort to reusable products. It’s “time to change” our way of life and take action.