One Earth Award
About this Scholarship
Sponsored by the One Earth Fund and the Salamander Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation, the One Earth Award offers $1,000 scholarships for four students whose works address the pressing issue of human-caused climate change.
What is climate change, and why should I create art or writing about it?
Climate change refers to large shifts in the trends of global temperature, precipitation, wind patterns, and other measures of weather that happen over an extended period of time – meaning several decades or longer. It is largely caused by carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released in the air when burning fossil fuels. It has many impacts on both humans and the environment.
Some consequences of climate change include: sea-level rise; increase in air pollution, hurricane, droughts, and extreme weather; ocean acidification; and rising temperatures, among others. These consequences are and will continue to impact humans and the natural world in many ways, including the displacement of people from flooding and drought, widening of inequalities already existing in our society, changes in food and water supply, impacts on physical and mental health, species extinction, and habitat destruction. You can learn more about climate change and how young people are addressing it here.
Your work can advance our thoughts about climate change and our understanding of solutions. It can also improve awareness of individual and collective actions that we can take, in order to slow the current pace of climate change and reduce the harm that human action has on our environment.
How do I apply?
Enter your work to any category in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. At the end of your application, opt in to the One Earth Award. You will be prompted to include a personal statement on your work.
What should I write for the personal statement?
Your personal statement should be 50 words or more and answer the following questions:
What specific aspect of climate change does your work address?
What is your personal connection to this aspect of climate change, and why do you think talking about climate change is important?
Getting Started on Your Submission
These resources can help you learn about climate change and create your own art and writing about it.
Consider how poets talk about climate change with the Poetry Foundation.
Try writing exercises developed by English Teachers Concerned about Climate Crisis.
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