Climate change has been identified as one of the biggest global threats of our time. Scientists agree that global warming and extreme climate phenomena can be increasingly attributed to human activity – in particular, heavy emission of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, resulting from industrial processes.
Solutions to those pressing problems could lie in the rapidly growing ‘green economy’: environmentally sustainable enterprises, technological innovations (new sources of clean, renewable energy), energy efficiency measures, economic incentives for low-carbon choices, etc. How can youth contribute?
The Essay Competition 2009 invites youth to share ideas on:
How does climate change affect you?
How can you tackle climate change through youth-led solutions?
Please answer both questions:
1. How does climate change affect you, your country, town or local community? How do you think it will affect you in the future? Think about the consequences for employment, health, security and other areas of your life.
2. What can you do, working together with your peers, to address the problem of climate change in your country, town or local community? Think specifically about the role of youth-led initiatives in the ‘green economy’.
If you are at least 18 and not older than 25 on June 15, 2009, you are eligible to participate.
All work must be submitted by individuals, group work is not allowed.
One participant may only submit one work per category. However, one participant may (but doesn’t have to, of course) submit work in all three categories, that is: one essay, one video and one photo.
All submissions must be made online via the Essay Competition website
Submissions can be made in English, French or Spanish.
Your essay may not be longer than 4000 words (about 10 pages of standard text).
Essays are accepted in the following formats: .doc or .pdf.
You are also required to provide a summary of no more than 250 words. The summary will be used by the jury to make a pre-selection.
Your video may not be longer than 2 minutes.
To submit a video, you must create a YouTube account and upload your work on the YouTube website. Additionally, you are required to submit a form via the Essay Competition website, which will allow us to identify your work. Details of the submission process
Photos are accepted in the .jpg format.
A photo must be accompanied by a short description or commentary explaining what the photo presents and how it is relevant to the topic of the Competition. The description must be of no more than 150 words.
The maximum size for the photos is 2.5 MB.
The submission process for the Essay Competition is entirely Internet-based.
You are asked to fill in a submission fo
rm and attach your essay or photo.
To submit a video, you must first create a YouTube account and upload your work on the YouTube website. Additionally, you are required to submit a form via the Essay Competition website, which will allow us to identify your work. Details of the video submisison process
Work submitted by email or post will not be accepted.
• Submissions will be accepted until February 22, 2009.
• Each participant may submit entries in more than one category, but only one submission per category is allowed. This means that you may submit one essay, one video and one photo (although, of course, you can choose to submit, for example, only an essay), but you may not submit, for example, two essays.
• Participants must be between 18 and 25 years of age on June 15, 2009.
• Essays must not be longer than 4,000 words. Videos must not be longer than 2 minutes. There is no minimum length.
• Submissions can only be made online, in English, French, or Spanish. Essays and photos are submitted via the Essay Competition website and videos are submitted via YouTube. Each participant must fill in a submission form
on the Essay Competition website.
• Each essay must be accompanied by a summary (max. 250 words). The summary will be used by the jury to make a pre-selection. Each photo must be accompanied by a description of no more than 150 words.
• All submissions will be blind reviewed. References to specific individuals, firms, or schools, which might reveal the author’s identity, are discouraged. It is not allowed to indicate your name anywhere on your work.
• Quotes and references must be clearly marked throughout the essay and properly cited.
• All submissions must be original. No previously published material will be accepted. Any form of plagiarism will result in automatic disqualification. Please note that
all essays will be screened with specialized software to verify plagiarism.
• Essays are accepted in the .doc or .pdf format, while photos can only be submitted as .jpg files of maximum 2.5 MB.
• The World Bank reserves the right to publish and/or to make available to the public the winning submissions. The World Bank reserves the right to modify the format and content of the submissions for publication purposes.
• The decision of the Jury is final and is not subject to an appeal.
• Participants of the previous editions of the Essay Competition are also encouraged to apply.
• Active (between the time of essay submission and the Final Jury in June 2009), paid staff (term or open-ended) of partner organizations (see list) of Essay Competition 2009 are not eligible to participate.
Eight finalists will participate in the Final Jury in Seoul, South Korea, in June 2009, and attend the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics
1st prize: 3,000 USD
2nd prize: 2,000 USD
3rd prize: 1,000 USD
Author of the winning video will be invited for a screening at the occasion of the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics held in Seoul, South Korea, in June 2009.
1st prize: 2,000 USD
2nd prize: 1,000 USD
3rd prize: 500 USD