Essay “Making a Difference” Competition for Students and Teachers

Deadline: 31 December 2010
Open to: students and teachers of all nationalities
Prizes: 1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate; 2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate; 3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

As part of its second annual SEPTEMBER SUSTAINABILITY MONTH, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its second Annual Student Competition. This year,  the Competition is opened up to teachers as well as to students.

Can we build a future in which society lives in harmony with the environment? That’s the core question behind the sustainability movement. Rather than focusing only on possible future catastrophes, people must also have an opportunity to imagine what the world should look like. This is how innovations are born.

As students and teachers, you shape our future. How can you help to ensure that the interests of the environment, business, and society work together, not against each other? Start now, by imagining how to improve your school.


This competition is open to:
teachers (at whatever level) and students (high school or graduate) of all nationalities.
Non-students are automatically disqualified.


You should write an essay with a title: How would you improve your school so that it prepares future leaders to protect the planet?

Essay: -Style: “Op-ed” style (not academic, foot-noted papers)
-Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
-Format: Word document, or email. English language entries only.

Competition deadline: 31 December 2010


  • 1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 2nd prize: $150 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • 3rd prize: $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

All winners also receive a copy of Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader

How to enter

Please email your essay entries to: Please include your full name, address, email, age, and affiliation.

The official webpage.

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