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[World] The 11th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition

by Eco Generation | 17-05-2018 16:52 | Status : Finished   Comments 31 Comments

The 11th Eco-generation

Environmental Essay Competition



Beat Plastic Pollution

If you can't reuse it, refuse it



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



If you can't reuse it, refuse it

This year's World Environment Day provides an opportunity for each of us to embrace the many ways that we can help to combat plastic pollution around the world. And you don't have to wait until 5 June to act.

If you can't reuse it, refuse it. There are so many things that we can do – from asking the restaurants you frequent to stop using plastic straws, to bringing your own coffee mug to work, to pressuring your local authorities to improve how they manage your city's waste. Here are some other specific ideas:

•Bring your own shopping bags to the supermarket

•Pressure food suppliers to use non-plastic packaging

•Refuse plastic cutlery 

  •Pick up any plastic you see the next time you go for a walk on the beachWhat else can we do to tackle this problem?

Share your ideas on social media using the hashtag #BeatPlasticPollution.

<Source: World Environment Day website>



Competition details

     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

•      Schedule

- Submission deadline: September 2nd, 2018

- Result announcement: November, 2018 (to be decided)

•      Submission: Tunza Eco-generation website/Egen Event/Monthly Event (Application form tab)

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.

To check or delete your entry, you can visit Home > Our Actions > Ambassador program > My page tab on this page.

       Prize details



Prize includes

UN Environment Prize


e-Certificate & Samsung Tab S2

Samsung Engineering Prize


e-Certificate & Samsung Tab A

Eco-generation Prize


e-Certificate & Samsung Portable memory

Honorable Mentions


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.







Appendix 1. Introduction to host organizations


About Eco-generation

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).


About Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd

Samsung Engineering is one of the world?s leading engineering, procurement, construction and project management (EPC&PM) companies. With experience in over 30 countries, the company provides total project management from planning and financing through to construction and commissioning and has built some of the world?s largest and most complex hydrocarbon and industrial plants and facilities. Samsung Engineering has a reputation for delivering projects on time and uses the latest innovations to engineer industry-leading facilities. For more information, please visit www.samsungengineering.co.kr


About UN Environment

The UN Environment coordinates United Nations environmental activities, assisting developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices. It was founded as a result of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in June 1972 and has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. UN Environment also has six regional offices and various country offices. In order to ensure full participation of global communities, UN Environment works in an inclusive fashion that brings on board different societal cohorts. UN Environment has a vibrant programme for young people known as Tunza.

UN Environment is the designated authority of the United Nations system in environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

Its activities cover a wide range of issues regarding the atmosphere, marine and terrestrial ecosystems. It has played a significant role in developing international environmental conventions, promoting environmental science and information and illustrating the way those can work in conjunction with policy, working on the development and implementation of policy with national governments and regional institution and working in conjunction with environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). UN Environment has also been active in funding and implementing environmentally related development projects.

The 11th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition


  • Joel Thomas says :
    When will the results come?
    Posted 09-10-2018 19:32

  • Amit Prabhu says :
    One of the Competition websites has wrongly displayed information, that the deadline of the competition is 30th Sept, 2018. This is really misguiding.

    Any hope to submit the essay by tomorrow?

    Any possibility?
    Posted 29-09-2018 23:28

Eco Generation

  • Eco Generation says :
    @Ishana, deadline was Sep 2nd. I guess one of the competition information websites delivered worng information. A few asked the deadline as if it's Sep 30th. :(

    Posted 27-09-2018 09:16

  • Ishana Verma says :
    The last date for the submission of the essay is 30th September...?!!
    Posted 23-09-2018 18:39

  • says :
    Necessary for this awareness, because we can prevent it now.
    Posted 03-09-2018 08:22 Delete

Vazira Ikhtiyorova

  • Vazira Ikhtiyorova says :
    can anyone tell me what things should I write?
    Posted 31-08-2018 15:35

Viraaj Kulshreshtha

  • Viraaj Kulshreshtha says :
    Lets join hands to spread the awareness related to plastic pollution
    Posted 16-08-2018 19:25

  • BONFACE OBUBA says :
    I am going for this.
    Posted 14-08-2018 17:29

  • Nagbhushan Hanagandi says :
    are the paticipants getting certificate of participation

    Posted 11-08-2018 10:24

  • Godstime Nwefuru says :
    thank you for bringing such an opportunity
    Posted 06-08-2018 22:39

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Wonderful Eco-generation
    Posted 02-08-2018 17:09

  • Mukhtar Abdulquadir says :
    Can we use out own topice or must it be 'beat plastic pollution if you can't reuse it refuse it'
    Posted 29-07-2018 14:31

Israel Adeoye

  • Israel Adeoye says :
    plastic pollution has to be if possible, eliminated
    Posted 26-07-2018 18:39

  • Rafa Ashique says :
    great opportunity thank you@TUNZA ECO GENERATION
    Posted 22-07-2018 22:09

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Great Opportunity. Lets Beat Plastic Pollution together
    Posted 16-07-2018 22:38

Dibya Bhatta

Eco Generation

  • Eco Generation says :
    @Akshita, you can name it anything you want. It doesn't matter. :)

    Posted 29-06-2018 08:50

  • Akshita Gupta says :
    what should be the title in the Word document? should it be 'if you can't reuse it, refuse it?' please guide :)
    Posted 28-06-2018 19:12

  • Renova Uwingabire says :
    Thank you! It is time to highly fight against plastic pollution.
    Posted 26-06-2018 13:50

  • Yves SHEMA says :
    I can't miss this opportunity to share my views on Plastics.

    Posted 24-06-2018 14:12

  • says :
    It is high time we raised the awareness about plastic pollution and try our possible best to make the universe pollution free. May God bless everyone involved in this just cause.
    Posted 12-06-2018 07:10

  • says :
    This is such a great opportunity to us
    Posted 10-06-2018 20:48

Dibya Bhatta

  • Dibya Bhatta says :
    thank you ecogen!
    Posted 08-06-2018 15:30

  • says :
    It's a great opportunity to youths in the world to create awareness on plastic pollution and conservation of environment
    Posted 06-06-2018 01:15

  • Vermon Washington says :
    The last time I read, there was a whale struggling for life due to tons of plastics cluster in its belly. I become sad every-time I see the way the world is being polluted. Howbeit, we can change the narratives. We can make the world a better place. Together, we can beat plastic pollution.
    Posted 05-06-2018 23:59

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    One of the great ways of affording participation is to really link ones' passion for something with a platform to voice out their opinions, and have done exactly that! Many thanks!
    Posted 29-05-2018 17:08

  • says :
    Very good opportunity to raise awareness and for students to ponder/write about the issues of plastic pollution.
    Posted 29-05-2018 10:38

Ida Ayu Mas Amelia Kusumaningtyas

  • says :
    Great opportunity for us to raise awareness on plastic pollution... Thanks Tunza eco generation.
    Posted 19-05-2018 00:29

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