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Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS)

Well, after all of the fantastic entries you've read over the last few weeks, it's time for our winner's entry.

Ed Byers, a PhD student in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (and what a strong showing that School made overall in the competition - really impressive!) snatched the prize with his thought-provoking, powerful and well-argued entry which analysed the factors most likely to achieve real change following this year's Earth Summit.

Thanks to the generosity of our main competition sponsors Northumbrian Water, and the support of our partners the Planet Earth Institute, Ed will now travel, along with our second- and third-placed students James Robinson and Claire Chisholm, to the Earth Summit in June this year to witness for himself the debates and discussions taking place there. In addition, Etta, who finished fourth, will be travelling separately to Sao Paolo to visit Brazil's leading PR firm and work with them and some of their clients. We're delighted that all four of them have been able to receive prizes in recognition of their efforts - congratulations from all of us to all of you!

Following his competition win, Ed will be tasked, along with James and Claire, with keeping a blog on their experiences in the run up to, and during, the Earth Summit, and you will be able to follow their blog via this site.

So, here is Ed's entry ... enjoy!

published on: 5th April 2012