Essay Contest | Nov 22, 2018

The Impact of Climate Change on the World’s Lakes: An essay/visual contest for IISD-ELA

After 50 years of researching Canada’s boreal lakes, we are seeing the long-term trends of our changing climate.

Climate change is the environmental threat of our time, and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report warns that our world is bracing itself for unprecedented changes to our natural world, including fresh water.

We are asking Canadian high school students to submit an essay or a visual entry in which they (1) research a freshwater lake from anywhere in the world and (2) explain the potential impacts of climate change on that lake over the next 50 years.

The top entries from both categories will win an all-inclusive trip for two to IISD Experimental Lakes Area to learn, first-hand, how we carry out our unique brand of freshwater research.

After 50 years of researching Canada’s boreal lakes, IISD Experimental Lakes Area is seeing the long-term trends of our changing climate.

Contest Rules


The IISD Experimental Lakes Area “Impact of Climate Change on the Worlds Lakes” essay or visual contest is open to residents of Canada who are currently enrolled in Grade 9–12 at a Canadian institution, and are returning to school in the fall of 2019. Students should have a designated teacher to guide them through the process and review the materials before submission.

Contest period and entry

To be eligible for the contest, contestants must submit all of the following documents:

Entries must be submitted no later than April 19, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

For more information and for the complete guidelines, see below.

  • IISD-ELA essay contest information sheet and rules (PDF)
  • IISD-ELA essay contest entry form (PDF | Word)
  • IISD-ELA essay contest consent and agreement form (PDF | Word)
  • IISD-ELA 11×17 poster