Trust for Sustainable Living

The brief for 2023 - “How can young people be better supported to thrive in green jobs?”

Nature, economy, society and wellbeing are intrinsically connected. Our lives depend on the natural environment. Our jobs and businesses depend on a healthy planet. A sustainable future depends on a fast and just transition to a carbon and resource efficient economy.

Climate change and environmental degradation have already had huge global impacts, disrupting millions of jobs and livelihoods. However there are many opportunities ahead to boost the economy and improve our quality of lives by switching to a ‘Green Economy’.

The United Nations Environment Programme defines a “green economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.”

An enormous number of young people around the world hope to pursue a green career, however do they feel equipped with the skills needed to meet the demands of the ‘Green Job’ market and to drive the much needed green revolution?

We want to hear students’ own views on how they feel they can be better supported to succeed in the green jobs market. Students are invited to approach the topic however they wish. They are strongly encouraged include their own personal views, perspectives and experiences to help bring their thoughts and visions alive.

Each student is invited to submit one essay in English, entitled: “How can young people be better supported to thrive in green jobs?”

The essay length varies by age as follows:

Primary students (ages 7-11): 400 words

Secondary and College students (ages 12-18): 600 words

All work should be original and the students own. A bibliography of references should be included where appropriate and will not be counted as part of the official word limit. Essays with plagiarised content will not be considered for an award.

The judges are looking for originality and creativity in all formats – and the potential to contribute to constructive national or international debate. Unique and well-argued perspectives score highly.

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