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SEALOEarth Global Essay Contest 2025

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Deadline: March 1, 2025.     (Eastern Time | UTC-05:00)

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

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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



  • Context: The United Nations (UN) adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, primarily emphasizing human-centered initiatives, with validity extending until 2030. However, there is increasing discourse urging a shift towards more earth-centered activities, posing a challenge given the potential contradiction with existing approaches. Currently, there is a disconnect between the Earth Day and the current SDGs, and the common person has limited involvement in the SDGs' implementation. To promote fairness, we need to "include" non-humans at the table as well and targets should be reorganized under new domains. As we approach 2030 and beyond, there is a rising call for the formulation of holistic Earth-centered Serene Development Goals (new SDGs), aligning with the proposed International Serene Day on March 20th by Dr. Chaitanya Hiremath at the UN in 2022.

    For example, Water Vitality and Equilibrium: Access to clean and safe water is a fundamental human right. We must ensure universal access to clean water sources while safeguarding aquatic ecosystems for future generations. This goal is in line with UN SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 14: Life Below Water, focusing on targets related to water quality, availability, and marine conservation efforts.

  • "The United Nations says world leaders must adopt a rescue plan to save the badly lagging Sustainable Development Goals. This year marks the midway point for implementing the goals aimed at protecting the planet and its people. According to the latest data, however, the targets are way off track." - DW News
  • "Highlight urgent actions that for an equitable, inclusive and accelerated transition to sustainable development." - United Nations
  • "Measuring Progress focuses on the environmental dimension of the SDGs and explores the interlinkages between the indicators." - UNEP
  • "Without essential data, governments and organizations struggle to shape effective policies, encourage investment, target programmes, and measure progress towards sustainable development." - FAO
  • "We need to give children the chance to make the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) part of their very own concept of values." - Natalie Haas
  • 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, 2025


  • 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 26th, 2025.

  • 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 2024

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

Juniors (ages 14-18)

  • Sahana Chaubal, 15 (Massachussetts, USA) - First Place
  • Julie Lee, 17 (Republic of Korea) - Second Place

Honorable Mention

  • Dennis Kim, 13 (Nevada, USA)
  • Maya Galli, 16 (Massachussetts, USA)
  • Amey Nayak, 15 (Massachussetts, USA)
  • Nishka Patel, 15 (Massachussetts, USA)
  • Valeriia Svyrydova, 15 (Ukraine)
  • Noor Muhammad Farhan Korimbocus, 20 (Mauritius)
We are happy to share selected essays in our Earth Day Newsletter.

SEALOEarth Environmental Distinction 2024

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