How to save the World Contest

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We hear these words all the time. Now it’s time to take the first step towards this. You have seen it, you have heard it all…now it’s time to ACT!

Medha Journal is proud to introduce the first such event, along with the launch of two new sections — The Medha Green and the Medha Contests section.

Having featured Barbara Sumner Burstyn and her excellent movie on Sustainable development, we started thinking…how can we make a difference. We aren’t Environmental Scientists (well Mita is…but none of our other Medhavis have any background in this)…so how can WE make a difference.

That’s when it struck us! We will ask you, Dear Medhavis…How can we make a difference?

Q. What do you have to do to enter “Save the Planet Contest“?

A. Write an essay on “Sustainable Communities”. That’s it!

As with “sustainable development”, there is no single accepted definition of sustainable communities. Communities must define sustainability from a local perspective, much of the literature recognizes this.

One interpretation of a sustainable community is a settlement which:

  • Has a stable, healthy population with a strong sense of place, history and global responsibility;
  • Is empowered to guide an ecologically regulated economy based on the sustainable harvest and conservation of local natural resources;
  • Gains fullest possible value from harvest and manufacturing of natural resources through use of locally controlled and appropriately adapted technologies;
  • Has a collective ethic of conserving its culture and natural resources for future generations;
  • Shares both its surplus production and culture with other communities and regions;
  • Does not export pollution to other regions;
  • Is committed to the goal of providing equal opportunity for a high quality of life for all residents of the community;
  • Is a population which strives to continuously learn of its changing needs through the passage of time.

The building of sustainable communities requires sustainable community development, a community-based approach to development, which relies on self-help, community economic development, and ecological principles.
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This approach incorporates five major goals:

  • Working toward self-reliance;
  • Harmonizing with nature;
  • Attaining community control
  • Meeting individual needs;
  • Building a community culture.

Communities throughout the world are undertaking initiatives that integrate environmental, economic and social goals. “Village Homes” by Michael and Judy Corbett in Davis, CA ( is an example of sustainability-by-design. Another dynamic example of a sustainable community is Auroville in Pondicherry, India ( community fosters a diverse and egalitarian society, and living in harmony with the environment (carbon neutral status, ecofarm and organic gardens, solar community kitchen, permaculture, environmentally friendly housing, etc).

Q. What will you gain by entering the contest?

  • Spread the green revolution…
  • Get your creative mind rolling
  • Doing “Good” through your creativity (partial donation to a sustainable cause, may subject to fund availability)
  • Attractive prize for the top most essay entries from each category (more prizes for subsequent entries, may subject to fund availability)
    • An autographed DVD of “One Man, One Cow, One Planet” gifted by Cloud South Film Ltd. and more….

Q. Who can participate in this contest?

  • For MedhaJunior section eligibility is 17 years and less (<17 years)
  • For MedhaJournal section eligibility is more than 17 years of age (>17 years)

Q. Any Guideline for this contest?

  • Essay for MedhaJunior should not be more than 500 words and may provide illustration (MedhaJunior will be sub-categorized depending on the entry response)
  • Essay for MedhaJournal should not be more than 2000 words
  • Your essay will be posted with you as the author for popular voting

Q. Who are the judges?

  • Initial Internet popular voting
  • Subsequent independent panel voting of top three popular essay from each category.
Q. How do I send my essay entry?

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  • Send your essay to [email protected]
  • Do send following information with your essay;
    • Title of the essay
    • Your Name
    • Age
    • Additional information (Optional)
      • School/College (Your school/college shares your credit)
      • Occupation
      • Mailing address

Q. Can you join MedhaJournal to co-host and spread the green awareness?

  • We welcome advertisers to co-host this event and spread the green awareness. For more information contact [email protected]
Q. What are the general conditions to participate?

We are accepting essays for this contest from 22 March 2009.

Essay Entry is Closed!  Participants and all the Medhavis will be informed about the contest rules, judges, results, and prizes. Coming up soon!!

Entries not complying with all the rules are subject to disqualification. By entering, each entrant grants to MEDHA JOURNAL (including its affiliates, agents, and contractors), and the Contest Judges permission of use.

Permission is also granted for Sponsors to promote winning entries in perpetuity in any medium it may see fit including, but not limited to, website, television, radio and/or printed materials. Entrants shall not receive any compensation or credit for use of entries, other than that disclosed in these rules. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules.

Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for MEDHA JOURNAL and its partners to use the winner’s name for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation unless prohibited by law. By entering, participants release and hold harmless MEDHA JOURNAL and its respective partners, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotions agencies, prize suppliers, and all of their employees, officers, directors, shareholder’s and agents from any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Contest, the use of any entry, or the acceptance or use of any prize won.

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