Natural History Museum Hosts Competitions to Celebrate Earth Day

The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ) will be celebrating Earth Day 2017 by hosting an Earth Day competition under the theme ‘Sustainable Tourism For Development’. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year to promote the preservation of the Earth’s natural resources. The UN designation for 2017 is International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) describes it as “a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change”.

For over ten years, the competition has been hosted by the Institute of Jamaica. This year, the Earth Day competition is open to all children and youth in Jamaica aged 12 -19 years. We have targeted schools, churches, children’s homes, youth groups as well as community based organizations for a chance to win awards and prizes.

Eligible persons are asked to submit individual entries to the Literary Arts, Poster and Photography categories. The deadline for submission of entries is Friday, March 24, 2017. Judging will be done subsequently and the winners will be announced at the annual Earth Day Competition Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Eligible persons are asked to submit individual entries to the Literary Arts, Poster and Photography categories. The deadline for submission of entries is Friday, March 24, 2017. Judging will be done subsequently and the winners will be announced at the annual Earth Day Competition Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Entries will be judged on the premise that ample research has gone into what is produced and it is hoped that our nation’s youth can become a voice of change through their creative and expressive ideas on our aim at Jamaica practicing Sustainable and Responsible Tourism.

The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ), a division of the Institute of Jamaica is the oldest division of the Institute of Jamaica. The NHMJ grew out of the Science Museum and was established in 1879. We research, classify, identify, document, exhibit and disseminate information on Jamaica’s Natural History. Natural History is the study of all natural phenomenon including man, animals, plants, rocks and minerals. The NHMJ collections are the national repositories of Jamaican flora and fauna as stipulated under the Institute of Jamaica Act of 1979. The NHMJ has, from its inception, been a pioneer of science studies in Jamaica.