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SEALOEarth Global Essay Contest 2018

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Deadline: March 1, 2018.     (Eastern Time | UTC-05:00)

Please register and submit your essay in one step using the following link: ESSAY SUBMISSION

Thank you for your submissions.

Vision

A world in which all people participate in the stewardship of planet Earth.

Mission

Our mission is to heighten awareness of the responsibility of all people to manage global resources in a sustainable way, regardless of an individual’s country of origin, cultural background, spoken language or religion.

We share the resources of the Earth with other living things that rely on us to preserve these resources. When we care for the world’s land, water and air in responsible ways, we take steps to preserving our beautiful planet.

SEALOEarth.org is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Gifts in support of our mission are fully tax deductible.

Honor and Recognition

SEALOEarth has been recommended for SPECIAL CONSULTATIVE STATUS by the Non-Governmental Organization Committee at the United Nations.

Goals

Essay contest is a fantastic way of expressing the creativity in an individual. The imagination of young minds about the planet Earth is a window into the future. The objective is to educate about the complex, intricate and fragile interdependence of life as revealed by the global ecological problems around the world and to act individually by finding simple solutions inspiring the neighbors and communities we live in.

Essay Topic

"Describe how the stewards of our planet Earth are leading by example, how they are making a difference, and how we can help."

Description

  • (Simple description for very young writers) Who are your role models when it comes to taking care of our planet? What are they doing that is so amazing? Why should others follow their example? Can you think of similar new things that you can do to make our planet a little bit nicer?
  • "Our enlightened monarchs have worked tirelessly to develop our country, balancing economic growth carefully with social development, environmental sustainability and cultural preservation, all within the framework of good governance. We call this holistic approach to development "Gross National Happiness," or GNH." - Tshering Tobgay
  • "I am not going to retire until I hit a million corals planted back on the reef. With the right conditions, we can do it in the next three to five years. People think that we have ruined this planet by technology, but with technology we can bring it back." - David Vaughan
  • "He saw it when it was beautiful. ... so we are going to switch the generations and I can finally see may be what the reef looked like 60 years ago versus now." - Lindsay Arick
  • "It is the sea that creates our identity." - Richard Cronin
  • "We were very successful in assisting pairs of birds to raise a family. ... In just one year 16000 kms of coastlines and waterways have been improved. There's a lot happening in our backyard." - Australia's Caring For Our Country program
  • What are the other examples from around the world that you appreciate? What is one unique idea that you can think of that no one else has ever thought before which could potentially make a world of difference?
  • Focus on positive things around the globe that are worth emulating.
  • The future of our planet Earth is not negotiable. How can people in our communities help to take care of it? Let us leave our planet better than we found it.
Resources

Deadline

        March 1, 2018

Sponsors

  • SEALOEarth
Participation

If you answer “yes” to at least one of the following:

  • Do you enjoy creative writing?
  • Do you want to create a better future for our beautiful and unique planet Earth?
  • Would you wish to support a global cause?

Benefits

  • Participate in good habits of conservation and do small but necessary tasks like recycling.
  • Shoulder our individual and our collective responsibilities towards our planet Earth.
  • For helping out, get volunteer hours (up to 8 hours) from SEALOEarth.

Guidelines

  1. The essay contest is open to writers around the world in three categories: Youth (ages 9-12), Juniors (ages 13-17), Seniors (ages 18-25), and Noncompetitive (26 and above).
  2. All entries must be original, unpublished, and written specifically for this contest.
  3. Single author and single entry per person will only be allowed.
  4. The essay must have a title.
  5. The essay content must be completely in English.
  6. The essay must be in text format (for cut and paste).
  7. The essay must not contain any personal information, tables, and diagrams.
  8. The essay must mention at least one of the required links provided in the resources.
  9. The essay must mention at least one new resource.
  10. The essay must have MLA Citation Style.
  11. The total word count of the essay including the bibliography must be between 1000-1800 words.
  12. All contestants must register and submit essay online, in one step.
  13. Entries without all required information will not be considered.
  14. Proof of age and a photograph must be promptly submitted when requested.
  15. Selected essays will be published by SEALOEarth.

Prescreening

Entries will be disqualified if:

  • The essay exceeds the word count.
  • The essay is shorter than the minimum word count.
  • The essay does not address the prompt.
  • The essay does not have research citations.
  • The essay does not have at least one required resource.
  • The essay does not have at least one new finding.
  • The essay does not have one's own unique idea.
  • The essay does not have a title.

Criteria

  1. Content - Prompt Focus; Clarity; Coherence; Opening; Body; Closing
  2. Style - Creativity; Voice; Diction; MLA Citation
  3. Mechanics - Grammar; Punctuation; Sentences; Spelling

Registration

  • FREE

Judges

  • We are privileged to have an outstanding international panel of judges for the essay contest.
  • The judges decision is final.

Awards

The awards in each category will be announced at the Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 28th, 2018.

  • First Prize: $200
  • Second Prize: $100
  • One first winning entry received by January 1st will receive an additional prize of $25!
We reserve the right to change the prize amount depending on the funds available.

We expect outstanding essays from all young minds. Good luck!

Feel good and proud about your participation in the stewardship of planet Earth.

Contact

For questions and information, please contact via email: info(at)sealoearth.org

WINNERS OF SEALOEarth Global Essay Contest 2017

We had wonderful essays from seven countries across three continents. Thanks to our International panel of judges.

Juniors (ages 13-17)

  • John Sturrock (USA)
  • Danielle Milanette (USA)

Seniors (ages 18-25)

  • Nur Shafiqah binti Mohd Safuan (Malaysia)
  • Chanratha Pros (Cambodia)

Honorable Mention

  • Beaton Galafa (Malawi)
  • Darshan Saraff (Canada)
  • Andrew Twombly (USA)

SEALOEarth Environmental Distinction 2017

Inspiring environmental projects related to fostering biodiversity, strengthening ecosystems, and establishing sustainable practices were recognized.

  • Reed Brook Erosion Protection - Taha Rangwala (USA)
  • Seed Library - William O'Neal (USA)

Update

SEALOEarth intends to unite, not only the people around the world, but the entire spectrum of life, for a better future of our beautiful and unique planet Earth.

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