SOURCE: WWF-Canada

WWF-Canada

WWF-Canada

March 05, 2015 12:31 ET

Go Wild and Win $1,000: WWF-Canada Launches New Ideas Competition to Encourage Action for Nature

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - March 05, 2015) - This spring, WWF-Canada is inviting Canadians to share their best ideas for getting their community more involved in helping nature thrive. The top five ideas will be awarded a micro-grant of up to $1,000 to help bring their idea to life.

From March 5 to April 15, Canadians from coast-to-coast, from 8 to 80-years-old, are invited to Go Wild with WWF-Canada for a chance to win recognition and cash. All you have to do is apply online and tell us what YOU would do to connect people and nature in your community.

"Studies show that Canadians are spending too much time indoors, and because of this we tend to overlook everything that nature has to offer in our own backyards," said David Miller, President and CEO, WWF-Canada. "Nature, even in urban settings, provides countless experiences and benefits on a daily basis. With Go Wild, WWF-Canada not only wants to reawaken Canadians to the presence of nature in our everyday lives, but also hear their solution-oriented ideas for helping nature grow in their community. It's the perfect way to welcome spring."

With Go Wild, WWF-Canada is looking for the most innovative and interesting ideas for connecting people to nature in their community. Go Wild will support creative, action-oriented projects that are tailored to their community. Winning ideas may inspire actions to celebrate nature, or generate solutions to challenges that threaten nature, and might even involve training community members in monitoring the health of their local ecosystem.

Wild facts:

  • Canadians spend over 90 per cent of their time indoors
  • 8 in 10 Canadians live in an urban area
  • 85 per cent of Canadians worry that the natural areas we enjoy today will not be here for their children or grandchildren
  • Nearly 90 per cent of Canadians say they feel happier when they are connected to nature(i)

Winners will be announced on May 15, 2015.

Visit www.wwf.ca/gowild for more information, criteria details for your ideas and the online submission form.

Join the conversation online and follow the latest news, submissions and photos via Twitter and Instagram at #WWFGOWILD.

WWF-Canada is part of WWF (World Wildlife Fund), one of the world's largest and most respected conservation organizations. With the active support of over 250,000 Canadians, WWF-Canada has close to 50 years of experience implementing science-based knowledge and research into on-the-ground projects. WWF is creating solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive. Visit wwf.ca for more information.

(i) References from Canadian Parks Council (2014) and Ipsos Reid (2011)

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