Monday, April 24, 2017

Environmental Essay Competition


The 10th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition
Connecting people to Natureby rediscovering the value of nature


Samsung Engineering jointly with UN Environment would like to launch “The 10th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition” inviting the youth all over the world to raise awareness on the theme of the upcoming World Environment Day – Connecting People to Nature.

As many of you know, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ flagship day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest global platforms for public outreach celebrated by over a million of people in well over 100 countries. Hosted by Canada, this year’s World Environment Day has the theme Connecting People to Nature, and the slogan, “I’m With Nature.” The idea that underpins this is that in our modern world few of us take enough time away from our daily lives to appreciate and engage with our magnificent natural world. By celebrating World Environment Day surrounded by this beauty, we can rediscover the importance of caring for the environment so that it can care for us.

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 love and affection for our shared natural world with an environmental essay.

We would like to provide children and youth a chance to show their love and affection for our shared natural world by writing an essay on the value of nature. It also aims to collect inspiring and creative ideas on how we can rediscover the value of nature from the young people by requiring them to think about the importance of the nature and its value for connecting people to our mother nature.

The value of nature
In recent decades, scientific advances as well as growing environmental problems such as global warming are helping us to understand the countless ways in which natural systems support our own prosperity and well-being.

For example, the world’s oceans, forests and soils act as vast stores for greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane farmers and fisher-folk harness nature on land and under water to provide us with food scientists develop medicines using genetic material drawn from the millions of species that make up Earth’s astounding biological diversity.

Billions of rural people around the world spend every working day ‘connected to nature’ and appreciate full well their dependence on natural water supplies and how nature provides their livelihoods in the form of fertile soil. They are among the first to suffer when ecosystems are threatened, whether by pollution, climate change or over-exploitation.

Nature’s gifts are often hard to value in monetary terms. Like clean air, they are often taken for granted, at least until they become scarce. However, economists are developing ways to measure the multi-trillion-dollar worth of many so-called ‘ecosystem services’, from insects pollinating fruit trees in the orchards of California to the leisure, health and spiritual benefits of a hike up a Himalayan valley. 
<Source: World Environment Day website>


Competition details
● Eligibility: Tunza Eco-generation members aged between 13 and 24 (As of June 5th, 2017)
● Theme: Connecting People to Nature by rediscovering the value of nature
- inspiring and creative ideas on how and why we should rediscover the value of nature
● Schedule
   - Submission deadline: June 5th, 2017
   - Result announcement: July, 2017 (to be decided)
● Prize details

Prizes

Persons

Prize includes

UN Environment Prize

1

Certificate & Samsung Tab S

Samsung Engineering Prize

1

Certificate & Samsung Tab A

Eco-generation Prize

3

Certificate & Samsung Portable Memory

Honorable Mentions

20

Certificate & Eco-generation souvenirs

Guideline
● No entry fee is required.
● Samsung Engineering reserves First Serial Rights on all submissions. All other rights to the essay remain the property of the author.
● All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism and off topic will result in disqualification.
● Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.
● Entries must be from 600 to 800 words in length.
● Entrants must first register at Tunza.eco-generation.org in order to submit their essay online.
● All entries must be double spaced in 11pt, with numbered pages in one of the following formats. All other formats will be disqualified.
- MS Word
- Word Perfect
● The personal information in the entry must be correct. If any competition winner is not reachable due to wrong information (contact number, address and etc.) prize will be canceled and automatically be given to the next place applicant.
● Each entrant may submit only one essay.
● All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.
● The decisions of the judges are final and are entirely their own and in no part represents the opinion of Samsung Engineering.
● At the discretion of the judges, all well written essays may be published on the website.

Read more about the topic: 
● Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator (http://www.worldenvironmentday.global/theme/connecting-people-nature-%E2%80%93-city-and-land-poles-equator
● Protected areas – safeguarding nature now and into the future (http://www.worldenvironmentday.global/theme/protected-areas-%E2%80%93-safeguarding-nature-now-and-future) 

Appendix 1. Introduction to host organizations

About Eco-generation
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 a 20 year-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 youth, children and organizations from various portals (chat – global, regional and thematic platforms webpage’s with dynamic functions where children and youth are able to upload/update their environmental activities which will then go live online after it has been cleared by an administrator of the platform, possibility of working on documents and editing of the same can take place online various tutorials between experts and young people voting functions/processes on various competitions, databases for various children, youth and sport processes).

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 30 countries, the company provides total project management from planning and financing through to construction and commissioning and has built some of the world’s largest and most complex hydrocarbon and industrial plants and facilities. Samsung Engineering has a reputation for delivering projects on time and uses the latest innovations to engineer industry-leading facilities. For more information, please visit www.samsungengineering.co.kr

About UN Environment
UN Environment is the leading global voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UN Environment works with governments, the private sector, the civil society and with other UN entities and international organizations across the world.


Poster EEC2017 The 10th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition
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