From forests to peatlands to coasts, we all depend on healthy ecosystems for our survival. These are all places where plants, animals and their physical environment interact to form a complex, yet balanced, web of life. While ecosystems occur in nature, they also include human-made systems, such as cities or farms.
This year, Pakistan is hosting the World Environment Day on 5 June 2021, in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The theme of the day is Ecosystem Restoration, which focuses on resetting our relationship with nature. It will also mark the formal launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021 – 2030.
Ecosystem restoration measures can take many forms, including tree plantations and making our cities greener, cleaning up rivers and coasts, protecting native species, conserving water and energy, reducing food wastage, and cutting back on plastic pollution.
As various stakeholders, including governments and NGOs, come together to generate and implement ideas, it is very important that we hear from YOU. WWF-Pakistan strongly believes that our youth’s voice and words are pivotal in heralding change.
If you want to make a difference and want your voice to be heard, here’s your chance! Make your words matter by sending us your stories and ideas.
Take part in Write for Nature, WWF-Pakistan’s creative writing competition. Share your ideas about promoting and supporting the recovery of ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, protecting ecosystems that are threatened, and conserving those that are still intact.
1. The competition is open to students aged 15 and above.
2. Stories must have a word count between 700 to 800 words (i.e. not less than 700 and not more than 800 words).
3. The topic should be centred around ‘ecosystem restoration’, the theme for World Environment Day 2021.
4. Any facts, data and content taken from the internet must be appropriately credited with references. Plagiarized submissions will not be considered.
5. Preference will be given to stories that are coherent, follow proper grammar and punctuation, are relevant to the theme, and contain pertinent/relevant information with citations/references.
6. All participants are requested to email their entries at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line ‘Write for Nature’, by 5 June 2021 (12 pm). Entries will not be accepted after this deadline. Include your name, age, grade/class, and the name of your school or university. University students must also mention their major/area of specialization.
The winning story will be featured in WWF’s prestigious flagship magazine, Natura.