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Use humor, positivity, irony, or other unconventional approaches that are not typically used in environmental communication to address the climate crisis. Think outside the tackle-box, beyond clichés, to create something that makes the topic of climate change in our oceans more approachable and accessible.

This prompt is meant to inspire and guide you. Please feel free to expand on it—do not feel limited. Explore our Resource Studio for inspiration, then start creating!

We know humor often breaks social norms and defies our expectations. We welcome you to push those boundaries, but please make sure that your piece is suitable for audiences of all ages. Racism, sexism, and homophobia will not be tolerated, and submissions that present any prejudices will be immediately disqualified from the Contest. Please check below that you understand.
In a word or short phrase, what fresh perspective or innovative approach to climate change messaging did you use?
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A written reflection (at least 100 words) is required to accompany your submission, regardless of category. Your reflection should describe 1) your creative process and 2) what you have learned through your exploration of the Ocean Awareness Contest theme, The Funny Thing About Climate Change. Use the following questions to guide your writing:
  • What inspired your work and creative process?
  • Why are you interested in the arts?
  • What feelings did the process of creating (art, writing, film, music, dance, interactive/multimedia) raise for you?
  • What is your message to viewers of your artwork?
  • After doing research on climate change and our oceans, what have you learned?
  • Beyond individual actions like recycling, what actions will you collectively engage in with your community to tackle climate change?
Make sure you have cited any ideas, references, facts, images, media, or quotes that are not your own in the Works Cited section above.