Earth Sciences for
An International Year of Planet Earth in 2008
The United Nations has proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE)
This special year is organized under the auspices of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), which represents about 250,000 Earth scientists in 117 countries. These geoscientists constitute, in living form, the largest database of information about the past and present status of planet Earth. The international website for The Year is http://www.yearofplanetearth.org
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Welcome to the WHERE Challenge! In celebration of the International Year of Planet Earth, the first annual WHERE Challenge is asking Canadian kids aged 10 - 14 years to discover the answers to these questions: What on Earth is in your stuff and WHERE on Earth does it come from? The WHERE Challenge is inviting young people and schools from across the country to compete for thousands of dollars in regional and national cash prizes by letting their imaginations run wild! Enter as a group or individual. All you have to do is tell a story about any object in your home or school, one or more non-renewable Earth resources needed to make that object and WHERE on Earth those resources come from. The more original your story, the better! You can write a poem or an essay, compose a piece of music, stage a play, make a home movie, paint a picture, do a tap dance, put together a multi-media presentation or anything else you can dream up! More information....
Ten themes have been chosen for the International Year of Planet Earth:
|• Groundwater||• Resources|
|• Hazards||• Deep Earth|
|• Earth & Health||• Oceans|
|• Climate||• Soils|
|• Megacities||• Earth & Life|
Details and brochure downloads about these themes can be found at: http://www.esfs.org/downloads.htm.