From the arctic glaciers to the deep amazons, from the dark depths of the oceans to the high skies, wildlife is all around us . And the hard truth here is that, we take it for granted. In all honestly, as someone who loves nature and everything it has to offer, this topic holds a very special place in my heart and is one of the most difficult one to write about.
It’s easy to get up in the morning and get along with our daily lives without realizing the beauty around us. It’s easy not to acknowledge the big and small animals, the green grass and tall trees which surround us. It’s easy to get so involved in the chaos of life that we forget the big picture.
Many scientists today believe that a sixth mass extinction is under way. The blame for this one, perhaps the fastest in Earth’s history, falls firmly on the shoulders of humans. By the year 2100, human activities such as pollution, land clearing, poaching, and over fishing may drive more than half of the world’s marine and land species to extinction. And this is the hard true fact we cannot and should not ignore. These fragile species have no voice of their own. As the intellectually and emotionally evolved species, it is our responsibility to look after their survival.
By educating the upcoming generation and creating awareness among us, we can work towards preserving this wildlife. Marine biologists, researchers, zoologists, genetic engineers, botanists and wildlife conservationists have dedicated their lives towards searching for ways to protect these species and bring a stop to destruction caused by human interference.
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I wanted to research and see if there were competitions out there which created awareness regarding wildlife conservation and encouraged people to educate themselves about this topic. The sad truth is that there are not as many as I wanted there to be. The good news is that more and more people are becoming aware of this issue and are encouraging the development of programs. So below I will be sharing some of the competitions which are active and hopefully spread the word!
- Smart Gear International Competition
The World Wildlife Federation (WWF), in partnership with industry leaders, scientists and fishers, launched the International Smart Gear Competition in 2004 (https://www.worldwildlife.org/initiatives/international-smart-gear-competition). Designed to inspire creative thinkers, Smart Gear is a call for innovative ideas that have practical applications for fishing “smarter”—for increasing selectivity for target fish species and reducing bycatch. The competition invites submissions of practical, cost-effective solutions to reduce fisheries bycatch, and offers cash prizes totaling $65,000.
Open to all, the competition has attracted entries from all kinds of people who care about fishing— from gear technologists and fishermen to engineers and chemists. Our international judges panel includes fisheries experts, gear technologists, fishermen, scientists, researchers and conservationists.
- Wildlife Conservation UAV Global Challenge
The Worldwide Wildlife Conservation unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Challenge (wcUAVc) was founded to foster innovation and invention in the design, fabrication, and utilization of unmanned aircraft to assist with counter poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking. Today, the wcUAVc has become the world’s largest and most distributed aircraft research effort. It calls on students, hobbyists, academics, and corporations to cooperate in a Design, Build, Fly challenge that emphasizes the integration of sensors, embedded systems, and communications in a robust and high endurance aircraft.
Read more about the rules and guidelines below!
Search for a team in your country!
- Russell E Train Fellowships
Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research (https://www.worldwildlife.org/projects/russell-e-train-fellowships).
Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least two years after completing their degree.
- Campus Conservation Nationals
Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is an international program for organizations to engage in friendly electricity reduction competitions (http://ccn.lucidconnects.com/). CCN aims to educate, motivate, and empower building occupants to conserve electricity at their organizations. All Lucid customers – companies, schools, and municipalities alike – are invited to join the program and compete to reduce.
In its first 5 years, CCN participants saved over 6 million kWh, the equivalent to averting over 5 million lbs of CO2 emissions and saving over $500,000. Competition season: February 1 – April 30, 2017
In addition to these STEM competitions, National Geographic annually facilitates wildlife photography competitions to capture the beauty of wildlife and expand the awareness regarding their conservation.
Check out some of the award winning photographs of the amazing wildlife and marine life we have on our planet earth!
In addition, you can learn more about the science and education initiatives taken by well known organizations such as WWF and National Geographic and check out the research and programs they are supporting!
Thanks to the media and internationally acclaimed shows such as “Planet Earth“, people are becoming aware of the life that surrounds us. But that isn’t enough. We all share the same planet which we call Home. And as our home, we need to take care of it and everyone who lives in it. Animals and plants breathe the same air we do and cause no harm to humans. They have life as we do. They are as important as we are. They depend on us for their survival. And in return, we need to give them our compassion, love, protection, and care.
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My Modern Met
Kashmir World Foundation