State of Our Environment competition

Someone messing with your environment and you don’t know who to tell? Tell ACT about it in the State of Our Environment competition.

Someone messing with your environment and you don’t know who to tell? Tell ACT about it in the State of Our Environment competition.

Send your stories of environmental degradation to the African Carbon Trust and ensure that these important issues are included on the State of the Environment map. By helping South Africa to try and fix a piece of the environment that is important to you, you could also win some cool green prizes.

How it works:

All you have to do is to send us your story of how South Africa’s environment is being damaged or destroyed. If it is important to you, we want to know about it. It could be:

  • A video of sewerage that’s polluting your local river.
  • A picture of a two-headed fish you found near a nuclear plant.
  • A letter about how a mine is taking away a town’s livelihood.
  • Evidence that those lovely red GM tomatoes aren’t really tomatoes after all!

Be creative – use pen, paper, photos, paint, videos, stick men or any other medium to tell your story. The environment plays a huge role in all our lives, so this competition is open to amateurs and professionals, young and old.

Some guiding thoughts for your entry:

Originality, insightfulness, risk taken to tell the story, rarely documented, urgently needs to be addressed, controversial, lateral thinking, hard-hitting, largest impact across different sectors e.g. social, environmental and economic impact

Ok, so what’s the point of the competition?

If you’re reading this, then the environment is important to you. There are so many threats against the environment every day that it is hard to tell how big our impact actually is. We don’t know just how bad the damage is, or what we stand to lose.

To get a better idea of what is happening, the African Carbon Trust is documenting everyone’s stories in an exhibition at the Two Oceans Aquarium. This will help us take stock of the State of our Environment and will also help us to see the big picture. Most importantly, we will get to know about the problems out there. You can’t fix what you don’t know about.

After this, we’ll transfer the exhibition to our website for everyone to access.

And then?

ACT and the Two Oceans Aquarium will look at getting the right people together to work on solving the problems that you’ve highlighted in your entries. Nice guys, aren’t we?

Competition deadline:

15 October 2009

Entries must include a note indicating the following:

  • Your name, age, email address, cell or telephone number and place of residence. 
  • A clear indication of the origin of your entry e.g. This is a picture of the Breede River.
  • The date of when the entry was recorded e.g. “4 April 1976
  • A short explanation of why you think your entry is important (200 words or less).
  • Please indicate if you are a certified diver.

Send entries to:


Tel: 021 465 9966

Mail: State of Our Environment Competition, African Carbon Trust, 16 Mill Street, Oranjezicht, 8001, Cape Town

For more information:

About the competition, rules and prizes, please visit


First prize: A weekend for two in a luxury suite at Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch (see terms and conditions).

Second prize: A dive for one with the sharks in the Two Oceans Aquarium (*see terms and conditions).

Other prizes:

  • A sleep-over for you and ten friends in the Two Oceans Aquarium (** terms and conditions apply)
  • Annual membership to the Two Oceans Aquarium
  • 10 Wild Cards from SANparks
  • Green Shop Voucher
  • Backsberg Wine Estate hamper
  • Can-O-Worms Worm farm and worms
  • Two Kyoto Clothing t-shirts
  • Enchantrix Hamper
  • Copies of Going Green by Simon Gear from Penguin Books
  • Free Range products: Oven Gloves from Darkie and Heath Nash light
  • 2 Hemporium bags
  • Organic Veggie box from Zetler’s Pharmacy

Terms and Conditions

  • The environmental issue must be in South Africa.
  • You can’t plagiarise someone else’s work. Keep it clean, folks.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • Entrants can be from anywhere in South Africa, but winners of the Spier and Aquarium prizes are responsible for their own transport.
  • Employees and their families of ACT and the Two Oceans Aquarium may not enter the competition.
  • * This prize entitles one qualified scuba diver to a free shark dive at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. Please note that a minimum of a resort course (Discover Scuba course) is required to do this dive. If the holder of this voucher is not a qualified diver, he/she may transfer it to someone who is qualified. Alternatively arrangements can be made for a resort course (half a day) in advance of the actual shark dive.  The cost of the resort course is for the individual’s own account.
  • ** This prize entitles a child between the ages of 7 and 12 to sleepover in the Two Oceans Aquarium with ten friends.

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