Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) 2022 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate (Funded Trip to TSL Summit)

Application Deadline: 9 January 2022

We are in the midst of a global climate crisis. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 6th report, released in August 2021, states that “climate change is already affecting every inhabited region across the globe, with human influence contributing to many observed changes in weather and climate extremes.”

As world leaders prepare to meet in November 2021 at the COP 26 Climate Summit to set out targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cap global temperature rise to 1.5oC, we are inviting students worldwide to consider how addressing inequality might play a role in combatting the climate crisis.

Inequality comes in many forms…

  • Least Developed Countries (LDC’s) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face the brunt of climate change impacts, though more developed countries produce most of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions
  • Only 53% of the world’s children complete secondary education
  • Over 9% of the global population currently live in extreme poverty
  • Women have only 23.7% representation in national parliaments
  • The proportion of global refugees has more than doubled since 2010
  • Indigenous peoples around the world continue to face overwhelming marginalization, discrimination and exclusion
  • The list goes on…

How might tackling inequality be a potential solution or long-term approach to resolving the climate crisis?

The prizes

One overall Grand Prize trophy winner will receive a free international trip to a TSL Summit, including £500 spending money. The Top 10 essay medallists will receive eco-friendly e-medals with redeemable gift tokens.

All participating Teacher Champions, Essay Finalists & Honourable Mentions, and International Debate participants, will receive personalised e-certificates.

Key dates

  • 09 September 2021Registration opens for Teacher Champions/Schools to participate in TSL 2022 Essay Competition
  • 09 January 2022 Final deadline for essay entries
  • 01 March 2022Announcement of international essay competition Finalists & Honourable Mentions
  • 22 March 2022Grand Prize Trophy Winner & Top Ten Medallists notified (confidentially)
  • 1 March – 17 June 2022Country Debates
  • 11 July 2022Teacher Champions Exchange (online)
  • 11 & 12 July 2022International Schools Debate & Awards (online)
  • 13-16 July 2022Partner Power Summit (online)

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the TSL 2022 International Schools Essay Competition

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