Barbadians between the ages of 18 and 25 will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in the area of climate change when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), sponsors an international essay competition.

In an attempt to find “The Next Generation of Green Entrepreneurs”, UNESCO will be targeting all young people, students and non-students, from all countries of the world.

According to an official of the UNESCO International Relations Section, “climate change has been identified as one of the biggest global threats of our time.”

The competition invites persons to answer various questions including: How does climate change affect you, your country, town or local community? How do you think it will affect you in the future? What can you do, working together with your peers, to address the problem of climate change in your country, town or local community?

Participants are invited to think about the consequences of climate change for employment, health, security and other areas of their life. They should also think specifically about the role of youth-led initiatives in the green economy. 

Participants must be at least 18 and not older than 25 on June 15, 2009.
Eight finalists will be selected to participate in the Final Jury in Seoul, South Korea, as well as attend the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics, both to be held in June, 2009.

The recipient of the first prize will be awarded US$3,000, while the contestant placing second will receive US$2,000 and the third place prize will be US$1,000.
The deadline for submitting entries is February 22. Further information on how to participate may be found at

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