Next stop Rio!

Winner of Rio+20 competition announced

Civil Engineering student Ed Byers has been offered the chance of a lifetime to attend the Earth Summit in Rio and report back live on developments during the event.

Scooping first prize in a competition sponsored by Northumbrian Water, the PhD student will attend the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June and has been tasked with writing a blog about the debates and giving his views on the discussions.

The competition for Newcastle University students, which was organised by the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) as part of the University’s Sustainability Societal Challenge Theme launch year, ran in conjunction with a series of Rio+20-linked events held in November and December 2011.

Each student was then asked to anonymously submit a discussion piece on one of the key areas being addressed at Rio – such as whether financial aid is beneficial to developing countries and whether environmental advances and green technologies can only really be progressed by wealthy countries at present.

Also supported by Port of Tyne and the Planet Earth Institute, the judging panel selected 5 runners up:

The standard of the entries overall was so high that the panel also selected an additional three entries to be featured on the blog site:

Over the coming weeks, the selected entries, culminating in Ed's winning entry, will be placed on the NIReS Blog which can be found at: http://sustainabilityncl.wordpress.com/.

On behalf of everyone in NIReS, well done to everyone who entered the competition, congratulations to those whose entries were selected to be featured or who made the shortlist and particular congratulations to Ed - we're sure you'll be a credit to us all in Rio.

We just wish we could all go with you!

published on: 1st March 2012