Melbourne (12 Dec) – Students in Year 5 and 6 from Sorrento Primary School in Victoria, Australia and the William Carey Academy in Chittagong, Bangladesh were invited to write a 500-word essay on the topic of “What Climate Change Means to Me, My Community, My Country and My World” as part of the First Annual Coastal Kids Writing competition run by Displacement Solutions.

More than 70 essays were submitted by the students from Sorrento Primary, who range in age from 10 to 12 years old, and were evaluated by a panel of teachers and representatives from Displacement Solutions based on their creativity, quality of writing and genuine effort.

Considering the complex nature of the issue of Climate Change, the panellists were extremely impressed by the students’ insight and grasp of the concept and how it directly affects their environments.

After a lengthy review process, Scott Leckie, on behalf of Displacement Solutions, is delighted to announce five winners of the First Annual Coastal Kids Writing Competition:

Tom Maltby receiving his award

Tom Maltby receiving his award

First Place: Tom Maltby

Second Place: Grace Edwards

Third Place: Markus Christiansen

Honourable Mentions: Patrick Forrester and Tom Pardy

Essays written by students from Sorrento Primary School’s sister school, William Carey Academy in Chittagong, Bangladesh, are currently being reviewed. The winning essays from both schools will be available on the Displacement Solutions website in the coming weeks.

The Coastal Kids project put Australian students living in coastal regions in direct contact with similarly aged children from other countries affected by Climate Change. The Coastal Kids project has been established with students from Australia and Bangladesh and is looking to expand globally in future.