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Global schools essay competition seeks children’s views on who is responsible for the Earth’s future

The theme of the 2013 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate is ‘Who is responsible … are we ready to take responsibility for the future of the planet?’

The Living Rainforest is inviting globally minded students and schools to share their views on the rights and responsibilities of different people worldwide in building a more sustainable world.

The deadline for submissions is 22 March 2013. Entries must be made online at

The organizers hope to build on the success of the 2012 competition, which attracted 885 entries from 59 countries.

The winner of the 2013 Grand Prize will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the UK or Seychelles and attend an international schools debate and prize-giving ceremony together with students, parents and teachers from other competing schools.

The theme of the 2013 competition was prompted by the fact that national governments made little headway in addressing the planet’s burgeoning ecological, social and economic problems at the UN’s ‘Rio+20′ Earth Summit last June.

The Living Rainforest wants to challenge young people to do better by inviting them to think carefully about who around the world should be responsible for doing what to help turn the situation around. The charity wants to hear what children think different groups in society (such as governments, citizens, educators, businesses, organised religions and the media) should be doing to help address the escalating global challenges of unsustainable development.

The Northern Hemisphere debate and prize-giving will take place at the Living Rainforest in Berkshire, England on 26-27 June 2013 and the Southern Hemisphere debate and prize-giving will take place in Victoria, Seychelles on 1-5 July 2013. Participating schools will be allowed to attend either event.

Further information is available on the competition web page.

Schools and Teachers – Register here.

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