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Attorney General Clark Announces Fourth Annual Earth Day Essay Challenge

February 27, 2024

Essay Challenge for Vermont’s 5th and 6th Graders

Attorney General Charity Clark wants to hear young Vermonters’ thoughts on the future of environmental advocacy. For the fourth year in a row, the Attorney General’s Office is holding an Earth Day Essay Challenge for fifth and sixth graders to submit essays on the environment.

“Each year of this challenge, I have been thrilled to see the enthusiasm that young Vermonters have for the environment and the many thoughtful, creative ways they express that in their writing,” Attorney General Clark said. “These essays provide good reason to be optimistic about our future and I look forward to reading this year’s submissions. I also appreciate the teachers who inspire and support these students in their work.”

The Earth Day Essay Challenge is open to any fifth- or sixth-grade student in Vermont, including home-schooled students. The Challenge is currently open through April 5, 2024. 

Ideas for topics include things like: What do you love about Vermont’s environment? How do you enjoy Vermont’s environment? What do you care most about and what does Earth Day mean to you? What are your concerns about the future of Vermont’s environment? What do you think we should do to help protect the environment? Participants do not need to cover any or all of these topics—these are just ideas. Students are encouraged to be creative and write about their thoughts on Earth Day and the environment.

All submissions will be posted on the Attorney General Office’s public website for Earth Day 2024, occurring on April 22. Posted essays will include a participant’s first name only, along with their school. Please indicate with your submission if you prefer that your essay not be posted. Essays from last year’s event can be found here.

Each student will receive individual feedback from a member of the Environmental Protection Unit or Attorney General Clark herself. Participants will also be entered into a drawing to have Attorney General Clark speak with their class after the essay challenge is over. Environmental attorneys are also available to speak virtually with any participating class about the environmental work of the Attorney General’s Office during the essay submission period.  

For more information on the Attorney General’s Earth Day Essay Challenge, including how to submit your essay, please see the Earth Day Essay Challenge webpage.



CONTACT:   Lauren Jandl, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171