Our youth art contest encourages students to use their imaginations to illustrate their concerns and solutions for climate change, which can range from its impact on animal life to their own creative inventions to solve this global challenge. There’s no entry fee. The contest is completely free.

Celebrity judges: Judges include Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., PGA Teacher of the Year and Olympic Coach Kevin Kirk, Award-Winning artist Pat Zapata, concert fiddler John Jeansonne, and other public figures.

Prizes: We have great prizes, including Visa Gift Card cash and cool Climate Champions t-shirts. And all participants receive a “Be a Hero – Climate Champions” certificate for their effort. See the Prizes and Judging page for details.

Display and ceremony: Accepted artwork will be displayed on our social media pages and an area news site will publish profiles of the finalists and their art. The Barbara Bush Library will host an awards ceremony and you’ll meet the Climate Canaries youth team which produces the contest!

Any Texas student in 1st through 12th grade in Spring-Woodlands-Conroe area.

Students must incorporate the theme What Climate Change Means to Me into their original artwork, and include a one-sentence explanation of the work.

Submit a digital image of your artwork. You can scan it to create a jpeg or pdf, or take a  picture of it with your smart phone. See rules page for more details.

Contest begins September 18th and ends November 1st.

Finalists/Winners will be chosen from three grade divisions:

Lower Grades (1-4)

Middle Grades (5-8)

Upper Grades (9-12)

Be Inspired by Past Winners

Below are 1st Place winners for Upper Grades, Middle Grades, and Lower Grades from our program in Louisiana, where the contest was first launched in a successful pilot project with the State Library of Louisiana.


Get Started by Brainstorming Ideas

To develop ideas for your artwork, you may wish to first perform some research on climate change on the internet or your local public library. It would be helpful to learn about carbon dioxide pollution (CO2), which causes climate change and results from the burning of fossil fuels. Fossil fuel-based CO2 enters the atmosphere when our cars burn gasoline or when natural gas is used to generate electricity at power plants. And did you know that methane emitted from belching cows also contributes to a warming of the atmosphere?


Solar panels and wind mills generate clean renewable energy (“green” energy), reducing our need for fossil fuels and lowering emissions of CO2.  Also, carbon capture technologies can capture and store carbon dioxide emissions.


It will take time to transition away from the fossil fuels which drive our economy and for everyone to use products like electric vehicles which can be powered by renewable energy. Your artwork can help inspire citizens to think about how they can start making changes today.


Consider how climate change may impact the world in which we live, from its effects on creatures on the land and in the ocean, to the melting of glaciers, to the flooding of cities. Or perhaps you’ll wish to draw your own magical invention to remove CO2 or methane from the atmosphere. Your artwork can be hopeful, sad, funny, whatever you wish, as long as it relates to the theme. Here’s some articles about animals threatened by climate change for ideas: Save the Polar Bears, Save the Penguins and Save the Elephants.


Climate Champions Art Contest Judges