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New Bayer, United Nations Partnership Brings International Environment and Art Competition to Bay Area Public Schools

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 General News J E 4
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BERKELEY, Ca., Dec. 18 In an effort to help prepare today's students to become tomorrow's environmental stewards, Bayer Corporation and the United Nations Environment Programme's North American Regional Office (UNEP RONA) today announced a new World Environment Day partnership and launched the International Children's Painting Competition in Bay Area schools.



The International Children's Painting Competition (ICPC) invites elementary and middle school students ages six to 14 from around the world to learn more about the environment and express that knowledge creatively through art. The ICPC is a signature program of UNEP's annual World Environment Day activities. Established by UNEP in 1972, World Environment Day is celebrated each year on June 5 in a different global host city. The theme of World Environment Day and the International Children's Painting Competition also changes each year. This year's theme is Climate Change: Actions We Can Take Now.



This partnership with UNEP RONA and the ICPC also marks the newest local programming component of Bayer's national award-winning Making Science Make Sense(R) initiative which advances science literacy across the United States through inquiry-based, hands-on science learning, employee volunteerism and public education.



"With this new partnership and by introducing the International Children's Painting Competition in our area schools, our goal is to help today's students make the important connection between science literacy and the environment, while reinforcing the notion that everyone has a responsibility when it comes to environmental and climate protection," explained Sreejit Mohan, Director of Public Policy & Communications for Bayer's Berkeley site.



Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, Deputy Director of UNEP's Regional Office for North America, added, "We are extremely proud and excited to be working with Bayer here in North America and commend the company for supporting an out-of-the-box approach to traditional science education that uses the arts as a way to foster the next generation of environmentalists."



About the International Children's Painting Competition



The ICPC is open to all elementary and middle school students ages six to 14. Artworks must be done on either letter or legal size paper and can be done using crayons, colored pencils, watercolors, oils, etc. The style is free. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2008. For complete entry rules and conditions, please visit http://www.BayerUS.com/MSMS.



First place winners are selected from each UNEP region including Africa; Asia and the Pacific; West Asia; Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; and, North America. There are cash prizes involved and these winners are awarded with a fully-paid trip for themselves and their chaperones to the main WED celebrations on June 5, 2008. This year those celebrations will take place in Wellington, New Zealand.



In addition, other winners from the six UNEP regions are celebrated at special World Environment festivities held in the regional host cities.



All regional winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2008.



About Making Science Make Sense in Berkeley



Making Science Make Sense (MSMS) is Bayer's company-wide initiative that advances science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education. Currently, Bayer's Berkeley site is one of 12 Bayer sites around the country that operate local MSMS programs, which together represent a national volunteer corps of more than 1,000 employees.



In Berkeley, Bayer sponsors a variety of hands-on science education initiatives for elementary, middle, high school and community college students. For example:



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