Earth Day Meme Contest Guidelines

This Earth Day, we want to turn to all the zero waste and social media gurus in our community to crowdsource ways to mainstream the concept of zero waste. That’s why GAIA and PLAN are hosting an Earth Day Meme Contest! We’re challenging you and your networks to make memes connecting zero waste to climate change and/or social justice to communicate the broad significance of our movement. 

Submission Guidelines

What we are looking for:

  1. Create a meme highlighting the significance of zero waste and its connections to climate change and/or social justice. Here are some examples! 
  2. Be creative. Be funny. Be witty. Be sarcastic. Be informative. Be inspirational. Be original. But most of all, get people to think!  
  3. No sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, fatphobia, or other forms of prejudice. 
  4. You can submit as many memes as you’d like!

How to submit:

  1. Post your meme to your Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram on Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22nd)
  2. Use the hashtag #earthdaymemecontest in your post. 
  3. Like/follow GAIA US/Canada and PLAN on the social media platform you’re sharing your meme on and tag us in your post! 
    • Twitter handles: @gaiaus_can and @postlandfill
    • Instagram handles: @gaiaus_can and @postlandfill
    • Facebook pages: GAIA US Canada and PLAN: The Post-Landfill Action Network 
  4. Tag a friend in your entry!


How we’ll pick the winners:

  1. Winners will be announced on Friday, April 24th 
  2. We will be selecting three winners in total: two winners will be selected by our panel of judges, and one will be the peoples’ choice based on the number of likes. 
  3. The winning memes will be featured in GAIA and PLAN’s social media platforms. 
  4. All three winners will receive zero waste prizes from our partners!


  • GAIA and PLAN staff entries are welcomed but are ineligible to win and will be excluded from the judging process. 
  • Submission of entries grants GAIA and PLAN and its official representatives an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use the winning entries in its publications, website, and online pages including social media without further compensation, notification, or permission. Non-winning entries may be shared via social media. 
  • Using bots to promote posts is grounds for disqualification.