Trust for Sustainable Living

Want to enter? Here's how

Become a Teacher Champion

Teacher Champions represent their school and submit all the children’s essays. Children can participate in one of two categories – Primary Schools (ages 7-11) or Secondary Schools (ages 11-17).

Registrations opens in September and closes in December.

Registration is now open

Study this year's brief

Every year the competition focuses on a different global sustainability challenge.

This year’s theme is LIFE ON LAND.

The deadline for submissions is 20 December 2018.

See the brief

Keep your fingers crossed!

Essay results are announced online in mid-February.

The top entries either receive Finalist (top 10%) or Honourable Mention (top 33%) awards. The overall Grand Prize Winner, and top ten medallists in each category, are announced at the Debates and Awards.

Judging criteria

Attend the schools debate

The Schools Debates build on the essay competition, and anyone who enters the essay competition can participate.

The 2019 Debates on Life on Land will take place in Victoria and Vancouver, Canada, kindly hosted by the government of British Columbia.

Learn more

The 2019 essay competition is now open

Key dates