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1 Earth Day Essay, Poster & Photography Competition 2010 Biodiversity at Risk! Outstanding Entries

2 Sectional Prizes

3 Best Marine Essay Entry -Morganne Kellier -Montego Bay High School for Girls Topic: How do Marine Activities Impact Biodiversity? “ Over many decades, marine pollution and coastal degradation have become serious developmental issues in the region and world thereby affecting biodiversity.” “Human activities act as a driver of marine habitat loss… the growing number of tourists presents a significant threat to many coastal habitats which can disturb by trampling or direct harvesting… exploration and development of oil and gas activities threaten marine habitats….” “Overfishing has played an important role in the decline and extinction of many species… Even with management practices now in place, fisheries have major impacts on ocean environments, ranging from direct harvest to by- catch effects, habitat destruction, genetic changes and food web changes.” “Educating children is the most important step in preserving marine biodiversity, as the future of our planet lies in their hands.”

4 Poster Best Depicting Jamaican Biodiversity Issues -Priscilla Murray -Westwood High School Poster theme: “Biodiversity and Human Society”

5 Youngest Entrant Most entries in the photography category Name: Julene Forbes School: Pembroke Hall High Photography Theme: “Biodiversity: Its Glory and Demise”

6 3 rd Place Winners

7 3 rd Place Essay Dana Brown Westwood High School Essay Topic: Climate Change: A Challenge for Biodiversity “ It is well known that environmental temperatures fluctuate. However, some organisms are able to maintain a constant body temperature despite temperature changes in the environment, while others cannot. Hence, the significant changes in the environment can have severe effects on animals and even plants.” “…at risk are thousands of species of animals including polar bears, whose hunting grounds are largely on ice. Indeed, reports already indicate that many bears are losing weight and some are even starving.” Underground water sources are climate sensitive and Caribbean countries that rely on a single source of fresh water such as The Bahamas, Barbados and Antigua may suffer from drought. Reduced rainfall lowers water supply and causes a reduction in river discharge, as well as slower rate for the recharging of the fresh water resources which can contribute to prolonged drought impacts. “

8 3 rd Place Poster Theme: Biodiversity and Human Society Odaine Roper Cornwall College

9 3 rd Place Photograph Catherine Bell Immaculate Conception High School Theme: Biodiversity: Its Glory and Demise “The smallest creature, however beautiful, contributes to the demise of nature”

10 2 nd Place Winners

11 2 nd Place Essay Morganne Kellier Westwood High School Topic: How do marine activities impact biodiversity?

12 2 nd Place Poster Ali-Shakeel Lettman Mannings High School

13 2 nd Place Photograph “The photograph shows how we destroy trees that are indigenous to Jamaica” Jordan Thame St.Georges College

14 First Place Winners

15 1 st place Essay Ravon Buttler Marcus Garvey Technical High School Topic: Climate Change: A Challenge for Biodiversity “ Climate change is very evident everywhere we look... In Jamaica, we notice that it is getting hotter and hotter... It is also evident in Jamaica’s weather pattern, in which Jamaica experienced a drought between November 2009 to present...” “Links between climate change and biodiversity can run both ways: biodiversity is threatened by climate change but proper management of biodiversity can reduce the impact of climate change.” “There is evidence that climate change is affecting biodiversity and will continue to do so... Consequences of climate change on the species component of biodiversity include changes in distribution, increased extinction rates, changes in reproduction timings, and changes in the length of the growing seasons for plants.”

16 1 st Place Poster Sean Michael Salter Cornwall College

17 1st Place Photograph Fiona Bowley Hampton High School “This photo shows how man’s destructive activities are slowly but surely robbing the Earth of its natural beauty and biodiversity.”


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