But she is also a fierce advocate, her prose crafted with purpose.It is the act of storytelling, she says, that allows writers to “bypass rhetoric and pierce the heart.” In other words, writing about the connection between humans and their home has the power to cross political and social divides.Writers penned pieces about everything from the Paris Climate Accord to the vital role of bees.
Others, like Filipino writer Amber Garma, penned more narrative driven pieces about their personal relationship to the world around them.
In her entry “The City-Come-of-Age”, Amber moved readers with her heartfelt reflections on leaving, and then returning to, Cabanatuan, a city in a constant state of flux and urbanization.
“I think when we bear witness, it’s not a passive act.
It’s an act of conscience and consciousness that I think does have consequence.
Prizes: The winning entrant(s) will receive $100, and the best peer-reviewer will receive $50.
Professional Recognition: The winning entry, plus the runner-up and best peer review, will be featured on our blog, with commentary from our guest judge.
This power is displayed in an anecdote Williams tells about flying over the Gulf Coast to see the devastation wreaked by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill: “Our eyes were burning and it was horrible.
I asked the pilot what was the worst thing he had seen, and he said that the most moving thing he saw was when they had set fire to the ocean and were burning the surface oil to get rid of it, he had seen a line, a pod of dolphins, side by side by side, on the edge of the oil, watching.” Williams did not cry at the sight of the oil-slicked sea, but at the beauty of the Gulf left unharmed.
Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition” inviting youth all over the world to raise awareness on the theme of the upcoming World Environment Day – Beat Air Pollution.
As many of you know, World Environment Day is the United Nations flagship day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.