Cool The Earth Competition Solicits Entries

It is as easy as clicking on the link and completing an application form with your great idea for curing global warming and cooling the earth. The prizes include 50,000 yen (about US$460) in each of four categories: ideas either for business or for policy which can be submitted either under the domestic or the overseas division. (Domestic entries must be in Japanese; residents of Japan are eligible to submit in the overseas division in English). A Grand Prize winner will be selected from the four category winners, and will receive 300,000 yen (US$2760).

The competition is looking for really innovative ideas, not merely extensions of existing businesses. The best ideas will be shared in an internet community and pilot projects will be implemented in Japan to test the viability. The contest is sponsored by the Eco Business Creation Association, "established in February 2002 with the aim of developing truly sustainable socio-economic activities while changing the current socio-economic system, which has encouraged mass production and mass disposal, thereby resulting in serious impacts on the environment". Twelve companies cooperate in the association.

Entries will be screened by independent judges for effectiveness, viability and secondary effects. Final winners will be selected by internet voting. Entries must be received by October 3rd, 2008 at 5:00 PM, Japan Time

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