Vinyl 2010 launches 2008 Essay Competition on Food and Energy crisis

Vinyl 2010 is proud to announce the launch of another Essay Competition, this year providing young people aged 18 to 30 years throughout Europe, and the rest of the world, with the opportunity to have their say on today’s food and energy crisis, and how they think it can be solved.

Entrants will have the opportunity to win up to €5,000* in this year’s competition, have their essay published and win the chance to speak at an international high-level event on sustainable development.
(*Note: prizes of €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 are also up for grabs).

The title of this year’s competition is: “Faced with a food and energy crisis, how can society improve its well-being?”

Esteemed members of this year’s Judging Panel include Mrs. Nadine Gouzée, Coordinator of the Task Force "Sustainable Development" for the Government of Belgium and Chair of this year’s competition, Ms. Selene Biffi, Coordinator of the UN Major Group Children and Youth and Founder of the Youth Action for Change (YAC) organisation, Dr. Anne-Marie Crétiéneau, Université de Poitiers, Dr. Mark Whitehead, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ms Leida Rijnhout, Vlaams Overleg Duurzame Ontwikkeling (VODO), Dr. Ron Van Duin, Delft Institute of Technology and Mrs. Nadia Weeks, Editor of ENDS Europe Report, UK/Italy.

The competition is being organised with the help of a number of sustainable development partners, from academic institutions to NGOs. Vinyl 2010 is also delighted to welcome the European web magazine and community CaféBabel (www.cafebabel.com) on board this year as a distinguished media partner.

Commenting on the launch of this year’s essay competition, Vinyl 2010 Secretary General Jean-Pierre
de Grève said: “This is the second successive year in which Vinyl 2010 has hosted an essay competition. Our first competition enjoyed widespread success with entries from young people all over Europe and particularly strong representation from the new EU Member States. Within the framework of our industry’s commitment to sustainable development, we believe that it is important to address and engage the younger generation and this year we are extending the opportunity for entries beyond Europe as well”.

For more information:

www.vinyl2010.org/essaycompetition/
Chris Welton, Communication and Public Affairs Manager, Vinyl 2010
Tel: +32 2 676 7443, chris.welton@plasticseurope.org
Eva McKeown, Cambre Associates
Tel: +32 2 645 7990, emckeown@cambre-associates.com