Earth Day Writing Contest

April 10, 2007 by

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Earth Day 2007 Travel Writing Contest Viator
A former ski chalet in the Swiss Alps?

Maybe you’ve been reading Viator’s Earth Day page, or our new Go Carbon Neutral page. Maybe you’re feeling inspired to make a difference, to minimize your impact and offset your carbon footprint wherever and however you can.

That’s great and all, but maybe we also hear you asking… “that’s all very worthy, Viator. But what’s in it FOR ME?”

Fair enough. We know it’s hard to be worthy all the time. So we’ve created an extra incentive to whet your earth-loving appetite. We call it a contest. You may win things. And everybody goes home happy, including Planet Earth.

Here’s how it works: You simply write a reply of 50 words or less to the question below. Use our “comments” feature to submit your reply. The deadline is April 30, 2007. We’ll pick 3 winners and post the best replies here on the Viator Blog.

The prizes: There’s some cool stuff, including 100,000 miles worth of carbon credits to help you offset the impact of your travels in 2007. We’re also offering gift certificates on, which you can use to book an eco tour or a hike or a bike ride or public transit pass, you get the idea. For complete details see below.

The question: Read the question below. Think about it. Then write no more than 50 words that make us laugh, make us cry, make us understand why Global Warming is, or isn’t, an imminent disaster. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2007. The Viator Team will pick 3 entries that makes us laugh and/or cry about the issue of global warming. That’s it. So start writing!

Global Warming:

Imminent disaster or “my mountainside property will soon be ocean front… sweet!”?

Tell us what you think about that question and you could win the grand prize: a US$200 Viator gift certificate plus an offset from Viator for 100,000 air miles worth of carbon emissions with (just so you won’t feel guilty about your trip). First runner up will receive a US$100 Viator gift certificate. The second runner up gets a US$50 Viator gift certificate.

To submit your entry, leave a reply below to this blog post. The deadline is April 30, 2007. Good luck!

–The Viator Travel Team

13 Responses to “Earth Day Writing Contest”

  1. Gillian Wells Says:

    It’s neither an imminent disaster nor a real estate boon. It’s simply the earths natural reply to us humans consuming too many resources. It’s a gentle slap on the wrist. It may feel like punishment to us, who aren’t used to being disciplined. But it’s nothing the earth can’t handle, and it serves us right for being so greedy.

    Gillian Wells, Santa Cruz

  2. Anjum Azad Says:

    Today man’s perhaps primary concern is what will happen tomorrow. Everybody is reading about pollution and extinction of wildlife, floods, famine, wars, and the like – the day to day life seems is threatened and peace is a long way off.

    I have in my own way found out the reasons for this current scenario. It is about population explosion, while I was sent a link to Zero Population Growth perhaps one of the top in the agenda in U.N. but was never implemented and all the year, 365 days a year, people preferred to be multiplied and caused serious infestation on earth. With each arrival, heavy pollutants were needed to clothe them, to feed them and to wash them and their clothes, with each new arrival, strain on food was increased, therefore, the need to cater for these increased human beings on a small planet became all the more necessary. In certain poor countries, it was found that there were 6, 8, 10 kids produced by one mother and one father, crime became rampant, armaments were developed to feed the greedy few, the situation became choatic by the day, now looks like the population in Asia is now threatening the peace of the whole world, because most of them are crammed up like bundles of human beings each with a mouth to feed and a greed, or survival to think of. Currently nothing can be done, it is too late, the atmosphere is choked up owing to their needs, be it industries (the greedy using all means necessary in minting money, and by hook or by crook setting up million tons of waste going up in the air as heat and gasses, also all, I repeat all experiments on and below the surface of earth produced a temperature, some reaching a lethal impact heat in degrees, some showed up soon enough, while others took around 20 years or more to show up in the atmosphere, not all produced chemicals and lethal equipment showed immediate destruction, but it was more or less spreading like cancer, which is now detected, and as cancer usually is detected late, so is the condition of the world, as is crystal clear, while still there are many who defy, perhaps, some relative has some interest in some heavy industry, catering to the requirement of millions and millions of over populated cities, they denied, on the face of the fact that all reactions by them were indicating a heat signature in the line of defences of earth, some delayed, and perhaps some kept the files in cold storage, or even wiped out clean, it was like denying that cigarette smoking is linked to poor health, or even cancer, still people who own and operate deny. Owing to population, all vices were performed, some openly and some under the table, cargoes for man became the poison of the earth, as they were in huge quantities, for clothes in warmer countries, dyes were made and dyes went into the sea and the ground, for cool countries, tanning mercury and the other lethal chemicals were gulped by the fishes and oceanic life, then there were huge spill overs and then there were the spill over of oil stuff, man, marine and humanity, which became a huge humanity were turned into commodities for exchange which turned out as mercineries for wars, while again each explosive when reaching oceans or earth had its own heat and chemical signature, some fading and some staying – all left some affect on the earth and its atmosphere, now multiplying all the known and unknown quantities, roughly putting, they would perhaps exceed a billion tons per day? 365 days? because oil alone is perhaps consumed in millions and millions of tons per day? now facing the fact, the population cannot be left to die, so we gotta feed them – food and wars, it was good for the industrial growth, now standing on the edge of being reduced to stunted growth, if carefull planning was applied in terms of population, and the ensuing production machines and the chemicals which goes into the belly of those machines, some trilion tons todate in a few years, which have to seep, or to rise above, or to be consumed directly in the form of a produce, we got ourselves deeper into the mess always over looking the population explosion, which was fuelling and fanning and were buying products for daily and hourly and by the minute consumption.

  3. Gabe H Says:

    Sweet sweet sweet, I just bought a plot of crappy mountainside land in Costa Rica, I mean this is the WORST piece of land you have seen. Muddy, overgrown, leeches, you name it. This place sucks! And it was cheap cheap cheap. Yaaaaa hooooo! In 10 years I’ll be living on oceanfront property, suckers!

  4. Leah Finity Says:

    Oh, oceanfront property will quickly be swept out to sea. But, rather than scrounging for dinky shipwrecks to visit, tourism will boom with people rushing to visit deep sea homewrecks. What’s living in your underwater home now? Probably nothing, as most aquatic life will be dead by then.

  5. Terry Roberts Says:

    Global Warming:

    Imminent disaster or “my mountainside property will soon be ocean front… sweet!”?

    ‘disaster or lose carbon feet;
    disaster means ocean roar
    but we cant accept defeat
    and live on the ocean floor
    A vision, a scare? do we care
    SO we’ll have to do a whole lot more
    to keep the sea from our door
    and see CO2 no more.

  6. katie g Says:

    The right question here is not ‘imminent disaster or real estate boon?’ It should be more like ‘What’s America and Europe and the developed world going to say when China wants to go from 1 car per 100 people, to the USA average of 110 cars per 100 people? That’s the real question. What are we going to say when the developing world wants what we have. Are we going to say no? Can we say no? I’d like to hear what George W. Bush and John Howard and all those other losers have to say about that. It’s a simple question, not a simple solution.

  7. Roslyn McCosker Says:

    Mountainside to Ocean Front, would be “Living the Best of Both Worlds”. There would definitely be a big market for houseboats. ‘Cooling systems’ will cost the earth. Party ice won’t exist. Besides being shark bait, we would become bait to any prehistoric hunters/nomads frozen in glaciers that thaw out.

  8. Janette van der Vyver Says:

    I don’t like being wet
    I’m not ready to live by the ocean yet

    So can I be on the next shuttle
    To Mars or the moon I will scuttle

    Because this planet is seeming rather gloomy
    Unless you’re a fish then it will be very roomy!

  9. Janette van der Vyver Says:

    No, I don’t think its sweet
    Living by the ocean won’t be a treat

    I live very far inland
    And I think that is just grand

    Having a mountain and sea
    Like Cape Town, is not for me

    You would think it ought to
    But I’m afraid of water!

  10. Grace Njiru Says:

    Imminent disaster. I’m black. At least i used to be. Every year it gets hotter and hotter and i get from black to purple to “Oh my God!”. Global warming is taking the joy out of sun and killing the earth we have become pretty attached to lately.HELP!

  11. Dorothy Forster Says:

    We are the Bear People. Ice whispers under our feet. Ice pack taught us to walk, to play, to hunt. She cradles us upon the sea of life and death, the mother of our mothers. Ice pack groans now in pain. Her anger roars out with her fear. Her body breaks and drifts away. We are bereft, abandoned. We cannot swim far enough to find her. We cannot comfort her. The great sea swallows us.

  12. Jennifer Davidson Says:

    Everything I do is for my daughter. For the first time, I realize that none of it will matter if her ability to live on Earth is not sustained. If global warming is the legacy I leave to her, I will have realized my greatest failure as a parent.

  13. Scott Mc Says:

    Submissions are now closed for this year’s Earth Day Writing Contest. Check out the winners and tell us what you think.