Trust for Sustainable Living

About the 2022 International Student Essay Competition

“How would addressing inequality help to combat the climate crisis?”

Certificates for the International Student Essay Competition are available now to download from our Certificates Portal

The Results for our International Student Essay Competition 2022 Are In!

This year  we received 1122 essays from 59 countries around the world. 253 Teacher Champions from 243 schools, have enabled their students to share their ideas on how addressing inequality might play a role in combatting the climate crisis.

To see our Finalists and Honourable Mentions check out the Winners page.

What happens next?

The top two primary and secondary entrants from each country have been invited to represent their country at our International Student Debates, taking place on the 11 & 12 July 2022 as part of our Partner Power Summit: Climate Justice. See who will be taking part in the Primary and Secondary International Debates. Registration is now open on the TSL Eventbrite page.

Organise a Country Debate!

TSL 2022 Country Debates Resource Pack:  In preparation for the 2022 summit, we invite Schools to enter into the spirit of partnership and organise their own Country Debates before the international events in July 2022. As well as giving students a chance to practice their teamwork, communication and debating skills, it also provides a great opportunity to meet other like minded students and discuss global challenges. The Country Debates are easy to organise and can be done online using platforms such as Zoom, or can be held in person, if safe to do so. For more details on how to set up and run a Country Debate, see our guidelines by clicking here  If you are the only participating school from your country but wish to take part in a Country Debate, please contact us and we can match you up with other participating schools in your region.

What is a Country Debate?


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.

The 2022 competition is now closed

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