Friday, December 17, 2010

Writing contest on your outdoor experiences


Good project by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to increase awareness of our environment.  Maybe it’s an opportunity to reflect on what you experience outside knowing that it is going to be continually changing by manmade development and Climate Change. 

I know, this essay contest is about ‘positive’ outdoor experiences, but at the same time, they didn’t say anything about being delusional.  When it comes to reflecting on and reporting on our environment these days, shouldn’t we do so with the knowledge that it is changing rapidly?  That the foundation of our lives, our environment, is not the stable, never changing, environment we like to believe in, but actually something in grave danger of neglect and subject to Climate Change? 

Simply writing positively about our environment is ignoring the true state of affairs and decreases the chance that we will put pressure on official agencies like the NYS DEC to be out there in force protecting what’s keeping us alive. 

Anytime, in these extraordinary days for our environment, when one spins the state of our environment, we all suffer from delusion—thinking our environment is OK when it is not.

DEC Kicks Off "Great Stories From The Great Outdoors" Contest - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Contestants Share Positive and Inspirational Experiences The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is calling for writers to share inspirational stories of experiences in New York's great outdoors by entering the "Great Stories from the Great Outdoors" contest. Stories can range from the simplest walk through the woods to meeting a challenge through an outdoor activity. The contest is open to all and runs through February 2011. Each month, DEC will select stories and post them on the DEC website. A prize will be awarded for the top story each month. Complete contest rules are available online. Through the Great Outdoor Stories contest, students, sportsmen and women, outdoor enthusiasts, campers and hikers can reflect and share the importance of the natural environment in their lives. Entries can range from a few sentences to a maximum 650 words. All story entries must be received by February 28, 2011. Submit stories online or by mail to: Carole Fraser NYS DEC Universal Access Program 625 Broadway, 5th floor Albany, NY 12233-4255

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