Deadline: September 2nd, 2018
Samsung Engineering established Eco-generation in 1996 as one of the largest environmental education programs for children and youth in Korea. In 2006, Samsung Engineering expanded the program to the Asia-Pacific region by launching an English Eco-generation (www.eco-generation.org) website in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). www.eco-generation.org is a children’s educational environmental website that emphasizes learning and sharing knowledge about the environment.
On September 27, 2011 Samsung Engineering and UNEP made steps to reach an international audience by launching tunza.eco-generation.org, a new environmental networking platform for children and youth. Tunza.eco-generation.org is an interactive environmental website that will serve as a platform to educate the community about the environment and create eco-friendly initiatives.
With a 22 year-history, Eco-generation is Samsung Engineering’s largest running CSR program, which has been supported by Samsung Engineering’s expertise in the environmental business. This will continue to be one of the company’s core initiatives to support and contribute the new generation via environmental education.
About Tunza Eco-generation website (tunza.eco-generation.org)
Tunza Eco-generation is the social networking platform to be an interactive and vibrant site presenting various possibilities to engage youth, children and organizations from various portals (chat – global, regional and thematic platforms; webpage’s with dynamic functions where children and youth are able to upload/update their environmental activities which will then go live online after it has been cleared by an administrator of the platform, possibility of working on documents and editing of the same can take place online; various tutorials between experts and young people; voting functions/processes on various competitions, databases for various children, youth and sport processes).
Samsung Engineering jointly with UN Environment would like to launch ‘The 11thEco-generation Environmental Essay Competition’ inviting the youth all over the world to raise awareness on the theme of the upcoming World Environment Day – Beat Plastic Pollution.
As many of you know, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ flagship day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest global platforms for public outreach celebrated by over a million of people.
‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. Chosen by this year’s host, India, the theme of World Environment Day 2018 invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health.
While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences. Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute. 500 billion disposable plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, 50 per cent of the plastic we use is single use.
Nearly one third of the plastic packaging we use escapes collection systems, which means that it ends up clogging our city streets and polluting our natural environment. Every year, up to 13 million tons of plastic leak into our oceans, where it smoothers coral reefs and threatens vulnerable marine wildlife. The plastic that ends up in the oceans can circle the Earth four times in a single year, and it can persist for up to 1,000 years before it fully disintegrates.
To commemorate WED and its annual theme, Eco-generation would like to celebrate the bigger and better WED than ever and to call on Tunza Eco-generation members around the world to show their will to act on ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ for our future generations by writing an essay.
It also aims to collect inspiring and creative ideas on how and why we should stop using plastics and at least reuse and refuse plastics by requiring them to think about various
- Eligibility:Tunza Eco-generation members aged between 14 and 24
- Theme: Beat Plastic Pollution, If you can’t reuse it, refuse it
– Inspiring and creative ideas on how and why we should reuse and refuse it
– Submission deadline: September 2nd, 2018
– Result announcement: November, 2018 (to be decided)
Write ‘your motivation to join the competition within 50 words’ in the Content box and attach your essay file (MS word) in the attachments column and click Submit button.
- Prize details
|UN Environment Prize||1||e-Certificate & Samsung Tab S2|
|Samsung Engineering Prize||1||e-Certificate & Samsung Tab A|
|Eco-generation Prize||3||e-Certificate & Samsung Portable memory|
|Honorable Mentions||20||e-Certificate & Eco-generation souvenirs|
- No entry fee is required.
- Samsung Engineering reserves First Serial Rights on all submissions. All other rights to the essay remain the property of the author.
- All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism and off topic will result in disqualification.
- Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.
- Entries must be from 600 to 800 words in length.
- Entrants must first register at Tunza.eco-generation.org in order to submit their essay online.
- All entries must be double spaced in 11pt, with numbered pages in one of the following formats. All other formats will be disqualified.
– MS Word
– Word Perfect
- The personal information in the entry must be correct. If any competition winner is not reachable due to wrong information (contact number, address and etc.) prize will be canceled and automatically be given to the next place applicant.
- Each entrant may submit only one essay.
- All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.
- The decisions of the judges are final and are entirely their own and in no part represents the opinion of Samsung Engineering.
- At the discretion of the judges, all well written essays may be published on the Website.