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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Earth Day Essay Challenge




Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan wants to hear from young Vermonters about their thoughts on the environment. For the first time ever, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office is holding an Earth Day Essay Challenge and asking 5th and 6th graders all around Vermont to submit essays on the environment.

Who? The Earth Day Essay Challenge is open to any 5th or 6th grader in Vermont.

When? The Earth Day Essay Challenge was announced by a press release on February 1, 2021 and the Earth Day Essay Challenge submission period will run from February 15, 2021 through April 1, 2021.

Essay Topics: 5th and 6th graders are encouraged to be creative and to write about their thoughts on Earth Day and Vermont’s environment.  Suggestions are: What do you love about Vermont’s environment—clean air, wildlife, its lakes, rivers, and mountains? How do you enjoy Vermont’s environment? What do you care most about with the environment? What does Earth Day mean to you? What are your concerns about the future of Vermont’s environment? How does Vermont’s changing environment impact outdoor recreation, winter sports, wildlife habitat, farming, our health, or other things? What do you think we should do to help protect the environment? You do not need to cover any or all of these topics—these are just ideas!

How to Submit? Essays should be no more than 1,000 words. Essays can be submitted electronically to the Attorney General’s Office by email to natasha.sala@vermont.gov or by mail to:

Earth Day Essay Challenge
Office of the Vermont Attorney General
Environmental Protection Division
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Participants will be entered in a drawing to have Attorney General Donovan pay a virtual visit the student’s classroom.

The Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Division will read all essays and provide individual feedback to each person who submits an essay. (Please indicate in your submission if you prefer not to receive feedback.)

Coming Soon: Essays received will be posted on this page on Earth Day 2021 (April 22nd) for the public to enjoy!

For More Information: Please see the Attorney General’s Office Earth Day Essay Challenge Press Release and Fact Sheet.