The 14th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition
Samsung Engineering jointly with United Nations Environment Programme would like to launch “The 14th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition” inviting youth all over the world to raise awareness on the theme of the upcoming World Environment Day – Ecosystem Restoration.
As many of you know, World Environment Day is the United Nations flagship day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
This year’s observance of World Environment Day will be on the theme of ‘ecosystem restoration’ and focus on resetting our relation with nature. It will also mark the formal launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Reviving natural carbon sinks – such as forests and peatlands – could help close the climate emissions gap by 25% by 2030. Replanting with native tree species can also help buffer some of the expected devastating effects of a warming planet, such as increased risk of forest fires. Currently, 3.2 billion people – 40% of the world’s population– suffer from the continued degradation of ecosystems, for example by losing access to fertile soil or safe drinking water.
The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified critical for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
To achieve restoration at the required scale, incentives and financial investments must be made in changing the way lands and oceans are exploited, in research and education, and in inspiring a movement of people, businesses and governments through celebrating success stories.
<Source: World Environment Day Website>
To commemorate WED and its annual theme, Eco-generation would like to celebrate the bigger and better WED than ever and to call on Tunza Eco-generation members around the world to show their will to act on Ecosystem Restoration for our future generations by writing an essay.
It also aims to collect the ways to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems by requiring us to think about the various reasons why bringing back a healthy ecosystem is imperative for us and our future generations.
- Eligibility: Youth aged between 14 to 24
- Theme: Inspiring and creative stories on ecosystem restoration
Sharing stories, commitments and reflections on how you and other young people are taking action in protecting the environment and restoring ecosystems
– Submission deadline: 16th August, 2021 (GMT 0)
– Result announcement: October, 2021 (TBD)
To submit your essay, you have sign up tunza.eco-generation.org. Please sign in and click the Application form tab. You can write your motivation to join the competition (less than 50 words) in the ‘Content’ box and attach your essay file in the attachments column.
- Prize details
|UN Environment Programme Prize||1||e-Certificate & Samsung Galaxy Tab S|
|Samsung Engineering Prize||2||e-Certificates & Samsung Galaxy Tab A|
|Eco-generation Prize||3||e-Certificates & Eco-generation Souvenirs & Books|
– No awarding ceremony will be held.
– In order to reduce carbon footprint, certificates will be issued in electronic format.
– Electronic goods can only be delivered to the regions where DHL covers.
- No entry fee is required.
- All entries must be original works, in English.
- Entrants must first register at Tunza.eco-generation.org in order to submit their essay online.
- Entries should not have been previously published in other professional media.
- Each entrant may submit only one essay.
- All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.
- Plagiarism and off topic will result in disqualification.
- All entries must be double spaced in Times New Roman 12pt, with numbered pages in one of the following formats. All other formats will be disqualified.
– MS Word
– Word Perfect
- Entries must be from 800 to 1000 words in length. This does not include referencing such as footnotes and bibliography.
- The decisions of the judges are final and are entirely their own and in no part represents the opinion of Samsung Engineering.
- Samsung Engineering and UN Environment Programme reserve First Serial Rights on all submissions. All other rights to the essay remain in the property of the author.
- At the discretion of the judges, all well-written essays may be published on the relevant Websites.
- The personal information in the entry must be correct. If the competition winner is not reachable due to wrong information (contact number, address and etc.) the prize will be canceled and be automatically given to the next runner-up.
Appendix 1. Introduction to host organizations
Samsung Engineering established Eco-generation in 1996 as one of the largest environmental education programs for children and youth in Korea. In 2006, Samsung Engineering expanded the program to the Asia-Pacific region by launching an English Eco-generation (www.eco-generation.org) website in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). www.eco-generation.org is a children’s educational environmental website that emphasizes learning and sharing knowledge about the environment.
On September 27, 2011 Samsung Engineering and UNEP made steps to reach an international audience by launching tunza.eco-generation.org, a new environmental networking platform for children and youth. Tunza.eco-generation.org is an interactive environmental website that will serve as a platform to educate the community about the environment and create eco-friendly initiatives.
With more than 20 years of history, Eco-generation is Samsung Engineering’s largest running CSR program, which has been supported by Samsung Engineering’s expertise in the environmental business. This will continue to be one of the company’s core initiatives to support and contribute the new generation via environmental education.
About Tunza Eco-generation website (tunza.eco-generation.org)
Tunza Eco-generation is the social networking platform to be an interactive and vibrant site presenting various possibilities to engage children, youth, and environmental organizations from around the world. Its primary purpose is to serve as a global platform for environmental education and networking for young people. To facilitate this goal, environmental awareness ambassadors from around the world are nominated twice a year. As well as other various programs (such as Eco-generation Environmental Competition, Junior Engineering Academy, Hidden Eco-hero Awards) are run at the website on a regular basis in order to heighten the engagement of visitors with expectation to further spread the importance of environmental awareness and conservation.
About Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd
Samsung Engineering is one of the world’s leading engineering, procurement, construction and project management (EPC&PM) companies. With experience in over 40 countries, the company provides total project management solutions from planning and financing to construction, and commissioning. Samsung Engineering business area portfolio reaches from world’s largest and most complex hydrocarbon plants such as in oil refining, gas, and petrochemical to cutting-edge industrial facilities in areas that include semiconductor and display as well as environmental facilities, like water treatment and air pollution prevention facilities. For more information, please visit www.samsungengineering.com
Appendix 2. Introduction to supporting organization
About United Nations Environment Programme
The UN Environment Programme is the leading environmental authority in the United Nations system. It was founded as a result of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in June 1972 and has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. UN Environment Programme uses its expertise to strengthen environmental standards and practices while helping implement environmental obligations at the country, regional and global levels. UN Environment Programme has six regional offices and various country programmes. In order to ensure full participation of global communities, UN Environment works in an inclusive fashion that brings on board different societal cohorts.
UN Environment Programme mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.
Its activities cover a wide range of thematic areas: climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, chemicals and waste, resource efficiency, and environment under review. It has played a significant role in developing international environmental conventions, promoting environmental science and information and illustrating the way those can work in conjunction with policy, working on the development and implementation of policy with national governments and regional institution and working in conjunction with environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). UN Environment Programme has also been active in funding and implementing environmentally related development projects.
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