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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Alliance for Young Artists & Writers


One Earth Award

About This Scholarship

Underwritten by 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¬†‚Äď 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, hurricanes, 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 short personal statement of 50 words or more about your work.

Regional deadlines are as early as December 1, 2021.


What should I write about in my 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 Art or Writing Work

These resources can help you learn about climate change and create your own art and writing about it.