Trust for Sustainable Living

About the 2019 competition


This year's theme

Young people are key to achieving SDG #15 (Life on Land)

The Trust for Sustainable Living is pleased to invite schoolchildren around the world to share their unique perspectives on the role young people can play in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal #15 – to conserve and sustainably manage life on land.

The essay competition is aimed at primary students and secondary students, supported by Teacher Champions, parents and schools. To participate, schools must first register a Teacher Champion (please note that registration for this year’s competition is now closed, except through selected BC partner schools).

For a listing of this year’s essay competition Finalists and Honourable Mentions, please follow the link below.

All students and Teacher Champions who participated in the essay competition are warmly invited to attend the 2019 International Schools Debates in British Columbia, Canada (8-12 July, 2019). (Please note that the debates are judged separately to the essay competition.)


The prizes

Every year, one overall Grand Prize winner (plus Teacher Champion and parent) wins a free trip to the TSL International Schools Debates & Awards. The 2019 debates will take place in Victoria and Vancouver, Canada, kindly hosted by the government of British Columbia.

The writers of the Top Ten essays in each school category (Primary or Secondary) receive medals and all Finalists, Honourable Mentions and Debate Attendees receive personalised certificates.

The 2019 essay competition is now closed (except through selected BC partner schools)

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