PRESS RELEASE

2020 National Climate Student Competition launched by Books Motivate Foundation

The floodgates for innovative thinking and evidence-based solutions among high school students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are open. Students are invited to submit a climate science essay that concerns their home state before the Saturday, May 30 deadline for the 2020 National Climate Student Competition.

In 2019, the first state-by-state national student climate essay competition in the United States was launched by Books Motivate Foundation, a nonprofit organization. The winning essayist, Jasmine DeMaria had her work showcased at the 2019 Breakfast of Champions Student Awards event held during the National Book Festival weekend in Washington, D.C. (To view Jasmine DeMaria’s winning essay visit the weblink here.)

Student-directed learning through essay writing place the climate responsibility in the hands of the next generation sooner. This incentive-based program with student monetary prize winners and essay publication as primary targeted goals highlights the learning/reward process. Books Motivate Foundation efforts circumvent the mixed messages that originate within the political arena, and help provide reference pathways for students entering college and career fields.

A professional marketing campaign and public involvement reach high school science teachers, students, and parents directly, and through their associations. A network of supporters collaborates with Dr. Pamela Ellis, Books Motivate Foundation executive director. Ellis stated, “Our deep empathy for fellow citizens in the United States, and also globally, compels us to ‘be a part of the solution, and not the problem’ by leading discussions and actions on climate science. This program provides community education in an effort to prevent climate catastrophes, which result in human and environmental losses.” For student registration, sponsor, and donor involvement opportunities, visit the website, Booksmotivate.org, email, info@booksmotivate.org, or call (304) 404-4150 for additional information.

2020 National Climate Program 🥇

Program Overview

U.S. State and Federal Senate and House Representative members are invited to recognize 2020 Climate Student Essayist winners from each state during the annual keynote fundraiser event for U.S. student climate publication awards.

2020 National Climate Program Timeline

February 2020

  • 2020 National Climate Student Competition Program press release is distributed to national science agencies, high school science teacher associations, student and parent organizations, environmental associations, corporate leaders, and media outlets.

March 2020

  • Personal invitations are provided for participation to U.S. State and Federal Senate and House Representative members.

April 2020

  • Students submit climate op-ed essays to their local or state newspapers for publication.

May 2020

  • Student op-ed and climate essay submissions are received by Books Motivate Foundation for adjudication review by a diverse panel of scientific and policy community leaders.

July 2020

  • National student climate essay winners are announced for press publication. The public is invited to attend the 2020 Breakfast of Champions Awards Event on Saturday, August 29, 2020 during the National Book Festival Weekend.

2020 Breakfast of Champions Program

Celebrate Student Climate Publications

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020

Program Venue

Washington, D.C. hotel negotiated rates during the National Book Festival Weekend walking distance from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center