What does the future hold?

Shuswap Environmental Action Society is sponsoring a essay contest for students at Salmon Arm Secondary about what life could be like thirty years from now in the Shuswap.

Essay topic: Write about what you think life in the Shuswap could be like in the year 2052, given the future challenges that society and the natural world will face due to climate change. Use recent events (heat dome, atmospheric river, forest fires, drought and floods) as examples of the impacts likely to come. The essay can describe any aspect of living, including family life, farm life, a business or industry, education, or recreation.

Maximum number of words – 750, Deadline – May 18th, completed essays can be dropped off at Mr. Ramsay’s classroom or emailed to dargent5a@shaw.ca

First prize – $300 and publication in the Salmon Arm Observer

Second prize – $200, Third prize – $100

Many thanks to these SEAS members for their donations to cover the cost of the prizes: Scott and Julia Marmont, Warren Bell, Chélie Elsom, Jake Jacobson, Shelley Corbin, Anne Morris, Pauline Waelti, Dorothy Argent, Bill Grainger and Brenda Melnychuk

Thanks also to these essay contest judges:

Lachlan Labere, Editor of the Salmon Arm Observer and Shuswap Market News

Anne Morris, longtime social justice and environmental activist

Jerre Paquette, PhD, educator

and to Essay Contest Coordinator, Dorothy Argent

Background reading:

BC Tomorrow webpage

The summer of our discontent

Climate change – think globally, act locally

Coping with the new normal

American West could face a ‘brutal’ century under climate change