08 October 2010 The results are in! CoolClimate Contest winners announced Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 1 comment | Share: Last night's big winner: "No Pollution Please" from Christos Lamprianidis of Greece Last night I had the pleasure of attending the CoolClimate Art Contest awards ceremony, an event calling on artists worldwide to join the climate change discussion and visually portray how they experience this global environmental crisis. Five winners were selected from over 1,000 entries from around the world. The evening began with some words from first place winner Christos Lamprianidis of Greece, whose work “No Pollution Please” is seen here. He said, “I am a teacher. I teach high school pupils. But, above all, I am a father. And I’m afraid. “What kind of land and air will our children and grandchildren inherit?” It was a somber message, an attitude increasingly experienced by those in the U.S. who are frustrated with the lack of movement in comprehensive climate change legislation this past year. "The Loading" by finalist Donald Lipski But Van Jones, former Obama appointee, environmental activist and contest judge had a more positive outlook. He focused on the progress that we’ve made in only the past couple of years – passing climate legislation in the House of Representatives, having solid support from the White House. Appealing to the football fans in the audience he said, “We have run the ball 98 yards against the opposing team. We haven’t lost, we’ve only got two more yards to go!” It was an inspiring reminder, and reinvigorated the crowd. I had the chance to speak to Van later on, and he repeated this sentiment. “When my son plays soccer, he will be having a fantastic game, playing his heart out. But as soon as his opponent scores two goals, he wants to quit. We wouldn’t allow our kids to give up, so why should we?” Good question. Defenders isn’t giving up the fight to stop climate change and neither should you! Click here to see how YOU can take action. See last night’s winners and other CoolClimate finalists. One Response to “The results are in! CoolClimate Contest winners announced” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Literary Legacy Terry Tempest Williams is a widely published author and naturalist and a fierce advocate for ecological consciousness and social change. Big Things Coming from the Northwest Defenders of Wildlife work in the Northwest creates opportunities to promote wildlife protection and sustainable management of public lands. Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Red wolves still in dire straits, and the Service isn’t helping; Conservationists will sue for lobo recovery; More Money for wolf killing in Idaho; The results are in!