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Utah Moms for Clean Air announces “Love Your Mother” Earth Day Poster Contest!

March 20th, 2013

In an effort to offer an alternative to the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Earth Day Poster Contest, Utah Moms for Clean Air is now hosting an Earth Day Poster Contest – one that actually honors the intent of Earth Day. The rules will be the same with the exception of the theme and deadline.

The Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining’s Earth Day poster theme is “Where Would We Be Without Oil, Gas, & Mining?” Students are asked to describe the benefits of coal, oil and natural gas, but not the impacts associated with burning fossil fuels.

Utah Moms for Clean Air’s alternative theme is “Explore the Economic, Environmental and Health Costs of Fossil Fuels.” Exploring the impacts of burning fossil fuels is encouraged.

Utah Moms for Clean Air’s alternative theme is “Explore the Economic, Environmental and Health Costs of Fossil Fuels.” Exploring the impacts of burning fossil fuels is encouraged.

As is the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining’s contest, the Utah Moms for Clean Air contest will be open to all K-6th grade and Special Education students throughout Utah. Homeschool children are also encouraged to participate and will be judged as one “school.” Contact Ingrid Griffee (supermoms@utahmomsforcleanair.org) for more information about home schooler submissions.

The deadline for the Utah Moms for Clean Air contest will be later than the Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining’s competition since our contest was just announced today:

April 17, 2013: School contests should be completed by this date and the school should have selected one winner for each grade level.

April 19, 2013: Schools must email PDFs of their winning entries with a electronic postmark date of April 19th, as well as, send the original artwork by mail also with a postmark date of April 19th, 2013. Drop-off locations in Salt Lake City may be offered.

Winners will be announced on Earth Day (April 22nd) and CASH PRIZES (TBA, but at least $100) will be awarded to the Grand Prize Winner and State-wide Grade Winners (one per grade) for a total of eight prizes.

Winners, their parents, teachers, and principals will be honored at a Real Earth Day picnic on Saturday May 4th hosted by Utah Moms for Clean Air. The GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced at the award’s picnic.

In an effort to match the $500 per grade award money being offered by the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, Utah Moms for Clean Air is currently raising prize money. The actual cash award amounts will be officially determined by April 10th, but will be at least $100 per grade. The Grand Prize will be at least $300.00. If you would like to sponsor the contest with a cash donation, please contact us at supermoms@utahmomsforcleanair.org.

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Contest Details:

• Explore the Economic, Environmental and Health Costs of Fossil Fuels. You may focus on just one of those areas or include them all.

• Artwork should be created using a color medium such as paint, crayons, markers, colored pencil, computer art and/or pen and ink. Collages are welcome, but keep in mind that the poster must be flat in order to be scanned for reproduction. Only hand lettering will be accepted. DO NOT USE GLITTER. Reproducibility of the poster will be a factor in the judges’ decisions, so use good lettering, high contrast and rich colors! Utah Moms for Clean Air reserves the right to enhance artwork for better print results.

• The entry should focus on how our over-reliance on fossil fuels is impacting our health, the environment and our economy. We encourage kids to be Utah-specific, but a global perspective is also great. For example what will our world look like in the future if we continue to burn fossil fuels at current rates? What will happen to the polar bears? The forests? Our oceans? Air pollution is one of the biggest problems associated with the use of fossil fuels: How does air pollution from fossil fuels impact your health? How do you feel when the air is clean versus dirty? What does it feel like to have an asthma attack on a red air day? What are the economic costs of burning fossil fuels? What are the health costs to Utahns? What would our world look like if we embraced solar, wind and other forms of non-fossil fuel energy? What are the possibilities? How does this make you feel? What kind of world do you want to live in?

• Students should choose their own artwork content, although verbal guidance from parents/guardians and/or teachers is acceptable.

• Each poster must be the original work of one student.

• Please complete the official entry form and tape it to the back of each poster entered. You may copy the form as needed. Students can enter up to five original art pieces each. The entry form will be available on the Utah Moms for Clean Air Facebook page and by emailing us:

supermoms@utahmomsforcleanair.org

• Each entry must be a two-dimensional drawing or painting size 11” x 17”. Entries smaller or larger than 11” x 17” are not eligible. Electronic entries must be in Adobe PDF format. This submission method is especially appropriate for computer-generated artwork. When you scan a physical piece of artwork, be sure the PDF file you send is high resolution and high quality. A poor quality or low-resolution file may affect the score your entry receives.

• School contests should be completed by April 17, 2013 with the school selecting one winner for each grade level. Those winning entries should be emailed as noted above by April 19, 2013 to:

supermoms@utahmomsforcleanair.org

The original artwork should also be mailed with a postmark date of April 19th, 2013 to:

Utah Moms for Clean Air
P.O. Box 58446
Salt Lake City, UT 84158

Drop-off locations in Salt Lake City may be offered.

• All entries will become the sole property of Utah Moms for Clean Air and may be reproduced by UMFCA for educational purposes and in any form. One grand prize winning entry may be published on a Utah Moms for Clean Air’s 2013 Earth Day poster for distribution to schools, the media, mining companies, oil & gas companies, industry groups, Governor Herbert and other outlets statewide and possibly nationwide. Bright colors, dense colors, clear lettering, and good spelling are thus important.

For the full list of rules, prizes and picnic details, please contact us at supermoms@utahmomsforcleanair.org.

Most importantly, have fun, use your imagination and love your mother!

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