As our climate warms, our planet has reached a tipping point. A June 2019 report by Australian climate experts warns that "climate change now represents a near-to mid-term existential threat" to human civilization.
We are faced with two choices. Either we continue the trajectory we are now on and collide with the inevitable consequences of our neglect or we work to swing the pendulum. More and more, it is the voices of our youth that we hear above the noise, so we are challenging students across Canada, to cast new eyes on old problems and help us find a way forward.
WELCOME TO THE FIRST ANNUAL WATERTODAY EVOLUTION SCHOLARSHIP CHALLENGE
FOR STUDENTS AGES 16-25
JOIN THE EVOLUTION
THEME FOR 2019-2020: SOLVING THE BOTTLED WATER CRISIS
At WATERTODAY we know there is always a solution to a problem. We only need look for it. We believe the champions are Canada’s youth. We believe the budding young scientists, researchers, and communicators have answers and solutions waiting to emerge and be implemented.
We want to support you in your discovery process.
Please meet us in this year’s challenge with your creative solutions.
UNDERSTANDING THE BOTTLED WATER CRISIS
Bottled water has become a way of life worldwide. However, this has come with a huge price. The industry has exploited valuable water resources. The plastics industry (which is really the petro-chemical industry) has embedded within it serious issues. The disposal of single use plastics has resulted in contamination of our land, our air, and our water as the smaller and smaller pieces break down into microplastics and nanoplastics which are now causing disease and pathology in our food web. Researchers have confirmed microplastics exist in our drinking water and our own bodies. Two alarming points have emerged from recent research:
- Every piece of plastic that has ever been created is still in existence
- Plankton at the bottom of the food web responsible for 50-80% of global oxygen supply are dying because of consuming microplastics
MEETING THE CHALLENGE
Students ages 16-25 are challenged to come up with solutions and means of implementing these solutions.
The challenge is open to science, technology, communications and entrepreneurial solutions.
100 applicants will be chosen to enter the contest.
10 semi-finalists will be chosen.
5 Finalists will be chosen. Prizes will be awarded.
1 Grand Prize Winner will be chosen for a scholarship of $25,000 and two Runners-Up will receive a scholarship of $5,000 each.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit a proposal to email@example.com with the word CONTEST in the subject line. Include the following information:
1. Name, Age, School or University attended
2. Information about yourself. A short biography. Why are you interested in this contest?
3. A short essay on your understanding of the bottled water crisis
4. Your proposed solution (science, education, technology, communication, business)
5. How you intend to implement your solution
6. A 2-4 minute video of YOU telling us why your proposal deserves recognition
7. Your teacher’s (or professor’s) name and contact information
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 14, 2020
Judges will choose 100 candidates for the competition.
Once chosen to participate you will be required to submit progress reports with data, photographs and /or videos, and projected outcomes.
The time is unprecedented in the evolution of our planet. The Join the Evolution Challenge is looking for candidates that stand on the brink of change as way-showers.
Water Today is asking that that candidates to go beyond conventional approaches and break through all the glass ceilings.
Judges are looking to see an inter-disciplinary approach in methods that can ameliorate, educate, and transform.
Take inventory of where the problems exist with bottled water. Consider all the steps from the manufacture of the bottle to the water itself to the bottle’s disposal. Consider how, where and why bottled water is in use.
Elevate the evolution of all life on this place we call home.
WATER TODAY is encouraging teachers and their school divisions to promote this challenge to their students as either part of the course work or as a special project for credit.
WATER TODAY is encouraging university students to consider this challenge for research and/or thesis work.
WATER TODAY is encouraging business leaders to step forward in support of our brilliant young people and their initiatives.
Scholarship Winners will be announced September 1, 2020
Please send all enquiries to: