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SEALOEarth Global Essay Contest 2021

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Deadline: March 1, 2021.     (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.

Honor and Recognition

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


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

"How do we create a future in which both people and nature can thrive?"


  • (Simple description for very young writers) According to Sir David Attenborough, "20,000 years ago, humankind consisted of less than a million hunter-gatherers across the globe. We lived within the resources on offer, in balance with nature, the strategy that could theoretically last forever. But it wasn't an easy life. Nature determined our survival. We used our unique minds to challenge that reality. We learnt how to tame the wild, get more from the environment. Our population boomed, as did our demands. Every time a new problem arose, we solved it, altering Earth's entire surface in the process. And now we have changed the world so profoundly, scientists have decided that Earth has entered a new phase of its existence. Welcome to the Anthropocene, the age of humans. The tables have turned, we now determine nature's survival. The planet is ours. There's just one problem. We're now totally out of balance with nature. To regain our balance, the plan for our planet is remarkably simple."
  • "We need economic development, but we also need to care for our oceans. I think it's absolutely possible to maintain that balance in the creation of marine parks." - Michelle Bachelet, President, Chile
  • "Stewardship of our ocean, it not a one person event, it is a universal requirement all across this planet." - John Kerry
  • "Efficient farming is producing 20 times more food with 4 times less water." - Ernst van den Ende, Netherlands
  • 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, 2021


  • 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 9-14), Juniors (ages 15-18), Seniors (ages 19-25), 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 700-1500 words for Youth and 1000-1800 words for Juniors and Seniors.
  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 formal photograph (with plain background) must be promptly submitted when requested.
  15. 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 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.


  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 24th, 2021.

  • 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 2020

Thanks to our international panel of judges.

Juniors (ages 15-18)

  • Austin Smith (USA) - First Place
  • Izzy Fantini (USA) - Second Place

Honorable Mention

  • David Silvia (USA)
  • Hannah Ditmars (USA)
  • Joey Bienkiewicz (USA)
  • Madison McKeon (USA)
We are happy to share all these winning essays in our Earth Day Newsletter.

SEALOEarth Environmental Distinction 2020

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

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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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