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The goal of the contest is to either show a reduction in electricity usage or solve a water problem in their school or community by taking action, speaking out, and changing the behavior of the people around them.
The Albert M. Greenfield UNLESS Contest creates awareness that inspires solutions and actions to impact the future of wildlife. Over the past four years the Zoo has engaged more than 10,000 schoolchildren from more than 200 schools in the Delaware Valley region as part of this initiative. Together with these students, the Zoo has worked to address two key conservation issues – habitat destruction related to palm oil production and climate change. During the open application process, participating classes provide the Zoo with an initial project proposal. Following the application process and over the course of their project, participating classes have the opportunity to visit the Zoo for a class and participate in a virtual class to learn about this conservation topic and how it impacts wildlife. Directly in line with common core standards, participating students will have the opportunity to think critically about a real-world issue that is impacting a number of wild animals. Final project reports are reviewed by a panel of independent judges who choose the awardees. The student-made advocacy campaigns from years prior have impacted between 2 to 4 million people each year.
This year, students will choose to either reduce the amount of electricity they use or solve a water-related problem. Both of these projects tie into the larger issue of climate change. Students will also have the opportunity to choose one of four different critically endangered species to be the face of their campaign: Golden lion tamarins, Guam kingfishers, Panamanian golden frogs, and Rodrigues fruit bats. Their goal will be to get their communities involved to help them reduce the human impact on climate change and keep these species from going extinct.
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