GreenWings is a non-government/non-profit organization, registered under Societies Act 1860, that was set up with the aim to increase the urban green cover in the country. They do this by nurturing saplings for about a year till they are self-sustaining and then plant them out in the city. They have acquired a piece of land in a place call Village Shakrulapur, District Kharar, Punjab. The contributions received from the people or organizations are used to grow saplings, store them and roll them out towards cities like Chandigarh.
The non-profit model is being run in Chandigarh and the team is planning to roll it across the country over a short time. Over the past 6 months the team has planted 600 trees and has seen that they are properly looked after. The cost per sapling to be contributed is Rs.100/-, which includes everything from cost of buying seeds and fertilizer, paying the gardener and the cost of transportation.
About the writing Contest:
The GreenWings-ManipalBlog writing Contest (the “Contest”) is open to ALL individuals at least 18 years of age. The contest is open to all participants residing in India. Participants residing abroad but having accounts in Indian banks are eligible as well.
- Each participant must visit the following link – about Greenwings and provide a short write up on why this initiative is needed in our country and why people should donate to the cause (100-150 word).
- Provide a catchy slogan (25 words) that will get people to donate for this cause and help spread the word.
- A small case-study on how large-industries can cut down on environmental pollution (paper wastage, air, soil and water contamination etc.)
Each entrant must have these three components in this submission for eligibility to participate in the contest.
- Contest-related use and rights of the entries must be available to GreenWings and ManipalBlog.
- The articles must be your own and should not have been entered in any other contest. Plagiarism in any form will not be accepted.
What to Enter:
We are looking for case-studies that highlight the need for environmental protection and a need for initiatives such as GreenWings.
Your introduction should be about why you think an initiative such as GreenWings is needed and how this can be promoted across the country.
A catchy slogan revolving around the work of GreenWings in not more than 25 words, which can help promote the initiative.
We have a lot of paper intensive industries/sectors such as the law sector, almost all government offices use physical records and files. You can take up similar stories on how these sectors allocate a large budget for paper stationary, but rarely do the same for environmental/social causes. You can also write a case-study on any initiative which you’ve been involved in which has helped the cause of the environment.
Contest Opens: 8th August 2013.
Last Date for entries: 5 pm, 20th August 2013
Voting: 21st to 25th August 2013.
Announcement of Winners: 30th August.
Where to send entries:
Send your articles with your particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org with GreenWings-writer as the subject.
A panel of 3 Judges will be appointed to judge the contest. The judges scoring will carry a weightage of 70% and the Facebook likes generated will carry a weightage of 30%.
Each participant will receive an e-certificate (PDF format).
First prize winner will receive Rs. 750/-
Second prize winner will receive Rs. 500/-
Third prize winner will receive Rs. 300/-