APPLY: 2024 Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) Essay Competition For Young Students

The Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) Essay Competition invites students to share their insights on the role of nature in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their communities.

Participants have the creative freedom to approach the topic in a manner that resonates with them. They can opt to concentrate on a single SDG or multiple SDGs that hold particular significance in their localities, and delve into how nature can contribute to enhancing these endeavors.

Students are wholeheartedly encouraged to infuse their essays with their individual viewpoints, perspectives, and personal experiences to breathe life into their ideas and aspirations.

Summary for 2024 Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) Essay Competition For Young Students

  • Host: The Trust for Sustainable Living UK
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries
  • Reward: £2,500 Cash Prize | Certificates
  • No IELTS Required
  • Deadline: January 18, 2024

About the 2024 International Student Essay Competition “How can nature help us achieve the UN SDGs in my community?”

Nature offers us the essential resources for not only survival but also prosperity, including clean air and water, sustenance, building materials, medicinal solutions, and a plethora of other benefits. It is widely acknowledged that nature has the potential to address critical global issues, encompassing climate change, food and water security, biodiversity preservation, disaster risk mitigation, while simultaneously fostering human health, societal prosperity, and the establishment of sustainable economies.

The competition’s evaluators seek originality and innovation in all forms of submissions, along with the potential to make valuable contributions to meaningful national or international dialogues. Well-reasoned and distinctive perspectives are highly regarded in the evaluation process.


All submissions are expected to be original, representing the independent work of the student. In cases where external references are relevant, a bibliography should be provided. It’s important to note that the bibliography will not be considered as part of the official word limit, ensuring that students have the space needed to cite sources appropriately. Essays found to contain plagiarized content will not be eligible for awards.

Should students opt to employ AI as a research aid, they should refrain from utilizing AI tools to generate entire essays and submitting them as their own work. In instances where generative AI has been employed as a functional tool to support the essay creation process, it must be duly acknowledged in the bibliography. The minimum requirement for acknowledgment is as follows:

  • Name and version of the generative AI system used; e.g. ChatGPT-3.5
  • Publisher (company that made the AI system); e.g. OpenAI
  • URL of the AI system.
  • Brief description (single sentence) of context in which the tool was used.
  • The prompt(s) used to generate a response in the AI system.

Example: I acknowledge the use of ChatGPT 3.5 (Open AI, to summarise my initial notes and to proofread my final draft.


  • One overall Grand Prize Winner will receive a trophy and a cash prize of £1000 and £500 for their school,
  • One Runner Up receiving a trophy and a cash prize of £500 and £250 for their school (cash prizes paid in local currency).
  • All participating Teacher Champions, Essay Finalists & Honorable Mentions, and International Debate participants, will receive personalized e-certificates.

Key dates

  • 08 September 2023: TSL 2024 Essay Competition Launch – NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS. Registration open for Teacher Champions/Schools to participate in TSL 2024 Essay Competition.
  • 18 January 2024: Final deadline for essay entries.
  • 14 March 2024: Announcement of International Essay Competition Finalists & Honorable Mentions on TSL websites.
  • 18 April 2024: Top Ten Finalists from Primary and Secondary categories notified via Teacher Champion.
  • 18-22 April: Invitations to participate in the International Student Debates sent to eligible students via their Teacher Champion.
  • 14 March – 31 July 2024: Country Debates.
  • Summer 2024: International Schools Debate & Awards (online) Dates TBC.

Method of Application

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in applying should utilize the provided link below.

Note: The essay length varies by age as follows:

  • Primary students (ages 7-11): 400 words
  • Secondary and College students (ages 12-18): 600 words

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