UNEP Launches Blogging Competition for World Environment Day wo, jan 18, 2012

Ximena Prugue, winner of last year's WED blogging competition, with UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and World Environment Day 2011 participants in India.

Nairobi, 18 January 2012 - The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in partnership with TreeHugger, is pleased to launch the third World Environment Day (WED) blogging competition.

The winner will receive a free trip to Brazil - the host of this year's World Environment Day on 5 June 2012 - to write, blog and tweet about WED events in the country.

Bloggers are invited to enter the competition via online submissions of blog articles on the Green Economy. This ties in with the overall WED 2012 theme - Green Economy: Does It Include You? - which aims to highlight opportunities for moving towards low carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive sustainable development.

To enter, bloggers can post a link to Green Economy stories on the UNEP Facebook page http://facebook.unep.org with this comment, "I just entered to win a trip to Brazil for UNEP's World Environment Day 2012. Read my blog post and discover how the Green Economy includes you."

Entries must be made between 16 January and 12 February 2012.

To increase your chances of winning, post your story on Twitter with the hash tag #WED2012, and encourage friends to comment, 'like' the post on Facebook, and retweet your post across Facebook and Twitter.

The top ten bloggers, selected by a UNEP-TreeHugger jury, will be invited to a take part in a second round of blogging - a blogdown!

The winner of this blogging showdown will be determined by an online community via the World Environment Day website. Shortlisted bloggers will be awarded one vote for every 'like' that their entry receives online.

The blogger who accumulates the most votes by the end of April 2012 will win the competition and be invited to travel to Brazil to blog about World Environment Day.

The short-listed and winning posts will be published on TreeHugger and the World Environment Day websites.

What's included in the prize?

Flights, accommodation, visa costs and travel within Brazil to WED events will be covered.

Timing:

World Environment Day is on 5 June 2012. The competition winner will be flown to Brazil for three days, beginning June 3rd and ending June 6th 2012.

Costs:

Entrants will be expected to ensure they are able to travel to Brazil during the period above and to cover any other costs (e.g. vaccinations).

For all terms and conditions, please visit: http://www.unep.org/wed/blog/

More information on the Green Economy can be found at: www.unep.org/greeneconomy

For more information, please contact:

Enock Chinyenze, United Nations Environment Programme, Phone: +254 20 762 1551, E-mail: enock.chinyenze@unep.org

 
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