Chow, 13, entered the Ecofest Environmental Art Competition during seventh grade but never thought she'd be chosen. “My art teacher has his 6th and 7th grade classes participate in it every year,” Chow said.
Mario Asaro, her art teacher at Marie Curie Middle School, urges his students to enter the sustainable competition every year, not only so that their art work can be shown, but because sustainability and raising awareness about being green are equally important.
“Sustainability is pretty important," Chow said. "I try to conserve energy as much as I can.”
Conservation of energy is second nature to the Bayside resident.
“I never thought about why it was important," she said. "I just think that if we are more eco-friendly, everyone is better off.”
Her passion of sustainability runs in the family. Five years earlier, Chow’s sister also won the Ecofest art competition. “I got my idea for my poster from her,” Chow said.
Chow’s poster depicts two kids sitting next to an earth in the middle of a forest. The earth has a face, and, in addition to the boy and girl, is laughing and smiling. The phrase “Care for the earth and we’ll be friends for life!” borders the top and bottom of the poster.
“I also thought of being eco-friendly, which for me, meant, being friends with the earth,” Chow said about brainstorming poster ideas.
Chow didn’t believe that her poster would become the grand prize winner. “I really didn’t think it could win,” she said. “I thought everyone else’s ideas and posters were better than mine.”
Much to her disbelief, her poster was chosen to be one of 90 finalists out of nearly 1,000 submitted works. “I was really surprised when it won,” she said.
Chow wants to continue her passion of blending art and sustainability. “I was thinking of a career in art,” she said. “It would also be great to do some volunteer conservation work.”
Chow’s poster will be unveiled as the official Ecofest poster on September 18. The annual New York City Ecofest is a free cultural and educational environmental festival. On September 18, it will be held at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum Pier 86, Westside Highway and 46th Street.
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