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SEALOEarth Global Essay Contest 2023

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Deadline: March 1, 2023.     (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 in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC since 2017.

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

"How can an International Serene Day create a paradigm shift from human-centered to Earth-centered world to inspire harmony with nature?"

Description

  • (Simple description for very young writers) A doctor's nature prescription: "Get outside, when you're outside look for something alive, a tree, a bush and an ant, just find something living and then reclaim your health. And after you do this once twice a few years, please take care of nature, it is our home. Where do you think we're going if there's a no nature? That's your nature prescription! I hope we can all join together to enjoy the beautiful world that we already have." - Dr Nooshin Razani | Prescribing Nature for Health | TEDxNashville
  • Relevance: The magnitude of climate change and loss of biodiversity is enormous and is focus of Earth Day on April 22nd. However, numerous other important aspects are often overlooked as a priority. One Earth Day is not enough! In 2022, keeping in mind the well being of all inhabitants of planet Earth, International Serene Day (ISD) on March 20th was proposed at the United Nations to create awareness of anthropogenic intervention at several levels, which encompasses air, water, land, light, sound, thermal, nuclear, and space. ISD provides the opportunity to the humanity to appreciate the beauty of nature and the grandeur of life around us. It makes a great awareness month from International Serene Day to International Mother Earth Day.
  • "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau
  • "When you're out in nature, your mind is restored after 15 to 20 minutes walking through trees. You will have a bigger attention span, you can solve more complicated cognitive tests, and puzzles. Researchers have observed that after three days, the prefrontal cortex, the part of you that's in charge, it relaxes, its reset, and that's when you have your most creative and productive time." - Dr. Nooshin Razani, Pediatrics
  • "Research shows time in a park or forest bathing will decrease stress and anxiety, and it will increase the ability to focus, think critically and make better decision." - Ronna Schneberger
  • "Only 2% of the population are really good at multitasking. Multitasking increases our stress levels. It is linked to the neurotransmitter dopamine and behavioral addiction and it causes human error." - Prof. David Strayer
  • "The loudest areas on the transportation paths, such as roadways train lines and the flight paths of airports, people who live in those places have a significantly higher incidence of a long list of diseases - diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleeping problems, birth related problems, inability to pay attention at work, health consequences, life quality consequences, that arise just from from being exposed to noise for the people in Paris ..." - David Owen | The New Yorker
  • "Light pollution is the over-illumination of cities and night skies by artificial lighting. ... The turtle hatchling's instinct to follow the light of the moon in order to reach the sea is intercepted by the light of inland cities. ... The excess light can overwhelm photoreceptor cells in the retina, damaging ones eyesight. Plus, it disrupts natural sleep cycles, and causes sleep deprivation, leading to a number of health problems, possibly including cancer. Light pollution also results in the production of additional carbon emissions." - National Geographic
  • 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, 2023

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 9-14), Juniors (ages 15-18), 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. 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. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from the contest.
  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 29th, 2023.

  • 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 2022

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

Youth (ages 9-14)

  • Aashrith Ram, 13 (MA, USA) - First Place

Juniors (ages 15-18)

  • Samuel Bergeron, 16 (MA, USA) - First Place
  • Marzooq Jeje, 17 (MA, USA) - Second Place

Honorable Mention

  • Mahiro Jilesen, 13 (MA, USA
  • Colby Murphy, 17 (MA, USA)
  • Nathan Mucci, 17 (MA, USA)
  • Zachary Ouellette, 17 (MA, USA)
We are happy to share selected essays in our Earth Day Newsletter.

SEALOEarth Environmental Distinction 2022

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

  • James Jackson, 16 (VA, USA) - "Reducing Our Carbon Footprint"

Update

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