How can art inspire us to react to climate change?

That's the question posed by a new online contest called "CoolClimate" — which looks at how environmental degradation is impacting our lives and "what can be done to ensure a sustainable future for all of Earth’s inhabitants."

Celebrity judges involved with the event include Chevy Chase, Van Jones, Jackson Browne and Philippe Cousteau.

Want to get involved? Here are some details from the press release: 

Your mission: submit a work of art that explores our relationship with the climate – from clean energy jobs to pollution-free oceans – the subject choice is yours. You can submit a piece you’ve already made, or pass this email along and get an artist friend involved. Post your art on and you will be eligible to win prizes and to be displayed online and at key leader events nationwide on 10/10/10,’s day of work to build the green of the 21st century.

Contest ends on Aug. 23 — so jump here to get involved and submit your work! 

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Chevy Chase to judge climate art contest
Actor joins other famous faces in judging first online art contest exploring climate change in its many forms.