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SEALOEarth Global Essay Contest 2024

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Deadline: March 1, 2024.     (Eastern Time | UTC-05:00)

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

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


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

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SEALOEarth in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC since 2017.


An essay contest serves as a fantastic platform for individuals to express their creativity. The imaginative perspectives of young minds regarding planet Earth provide a glimpse into the future. The primary goal is to educate participants about the intricate and fragile interdependence of life, as evidenced by global ecological challenges. The aim is to encourage individuals to take personal initiative by discovering straightforward solutions that inspire their neighbors and communities, extending the impact to contribute to a more sustainable and harmonious world.

Essay Topic



  • (Simple description for very young writers) "By producing billions of clothes every year, the fast fashion industry is also releasing waste and chemicals into our world, polluting and driving species to the brink of extinction. Is there a solution to being both fashionable and sustainable?" - BBC Earth
  • "Environmental Philosophy: The importance of this new field of Philosophy in the time of the Anthropocene." - Christopher J Preston
  • A series of timeless human success stories focusing on Native American food and land management techniques and strategies. - Scholar, and cultural historian Lyla June
  • How do we determine the value of a life, whether human or non-human? Rebecca L. Walker takes a look at this classic ethical dilemma.
  • "Sustainability is living to meet the needs of the present generation without depleting the resources that future generations will need to meet their needs." - Center for Leadership and Ethics at The University of Texas at Austin.
  • "Ultimately people need to change their consciousness to address the root cause of environmental problems." - Gulf Coast College
  • "We must provide pathways for global development that work with, rather than against, nature. And we need to give the communities affected a seat at the table." - Sir David Attenborough
  • "Ethics is the process of questioning, discovering and defending our values, principles and purpose. It's about finding out who we are and staying true to that in the face of temptations, challenges and uncertainty." - The Ethics Centre
  • 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.


        March 1, 2024


  • SEALOEarth

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?


  • 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.


  1. The essay contest is open to writers around the world in three categories: Youth (ages 9-13), Juniors (ages 14-18), Seniors (ages 19-25), and Noncompetitive (26 and above). ( Age Calculator)
  2. All entries must be original, unpublished, and written specifically for this contest.
  3. All essays will undergo scrutiny for the inclusion of artificial intelligence (AI). The incorporation of AI will result in a negative impact on the assessment.
  4. Single author and single entry per person will only be allowed.
  5. The essay must have a title.
  6. The essay content must be completely in English.
  7. The essay must be in text format (for cut and paste).
  8. The essay must not contain any personal information, tables, and diagrams.
  9. The essay must mention at least one of the required links provided in the resources.
  10. The essay must mention at least one new resource.
  11. The essay must have MLA Citation Style.
  12. The total word count of the essay including the bibliography must be between 700-1500 words for Youth and 1000-1800 words for Juniors and Seniors.
  13. All contestants must register and submit essay online, in one step.
  14. Entries without all required information will not be considered.
  15. Proof of age and a formal photograph (with plain background) must be promptly submitted when requested. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the contest.
  16. Selected essays will be published by SEALOEarth.


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 a title.
  • The essay does not have in-text 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 includes content generated by AI.


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


  • FREE


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


The awards in each category will be announced at the Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 27th, 2024.

  • 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.


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

WINNERS OF SEALOEarth Global Essay Contest 2023

We received wonderful essays. Thanks to our international panel of judges.

Youth (ages 9-13)

  • Mahiro Jilesen, 14 (MA, USA) - First Place
  • Chaeeun Lee, 11 (Jiangsu, China) - Second Place

Juniors (ages 14-18)

  • Jian Lee, 15 (Gyeonggido, Republic of Korea) - First Place
  • Avery Ganz, 15 (MA, USA) - Second Place

Honorable Mention

  • Aashrith Ram, 14 (MA, USA)
  • Alexandra Dunne, 15 (MA, USA)
  • Andrew Fang, 15 (MA, USA)
  • Jeffrey Xu, 15 (MA, USA)
  • Bibek Limbu, 19 (Sikkim, India)
We are happy to share selected essays in our Earth Day Newsletter.

SEALOEarth Environmental Distinction 2023

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

  • None


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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