Trust for Sustainable Living

About the 2023 International Student Essay Competition


“How can young people be better supported to thrive in green jobs?”

Our lives depend on the natural environment and 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?

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

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.


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 2023 competition is now open!

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