Exploring issues of global complexity

IGS is seeking an outstanding essay that addresses issues of global complexity and significance.

The topic, Climate Change has been set by Principal Shauna Colnan, who has made herself available to give individual academic mentoring during the writing period.

The winning student will be awarded the IGS Global Scholar’s Prize at Speech Night in December later this year.

The competition, which asks students to interrogate contentious global issues that have emerged during the year, is open to all students in High School.

The best essay will also be published on the School’s website and in the Speech Night program.

The word limit is 1,000 words and applications close on Monday Week 4, Term 4, 2019.

Below are some of the research threads you could follow:

  • Explain what scientists are telling us about climate change and its global ramifications.
  • Conduct a case study of a small place that is or was on the frontline of climate change. You could look at what happened to Holland Island or what is happening to Tangier Island or an island group such as Tuvalu.
  • Examine one of the impacts of climate change such as the warming of the oceans.
  • Explore Sweden as the country which is reported to have done the most to limit global warming in the past two years. What can we learn from Sweden?
  • Compare countries such as Iceland, Australia, US, UK and China in terms of action or inaction on climate change.
  • Explain how local communities are taking action on climate change.
  • Examine the rise of Greta Thunberg and the school strike for climate movement.
  • Examine the impact of climate change on poverty around the world.
  • Explore solutions and the way forward. This year’s global scholar’s essay gives IGS students the opportunity to engage in research and consider what the global ramifications of climate change are and might be. They may also develop their own approach to the essay.

Students are invited to contact Ms Colnan at principal@igssyd.nsw.edu.au to discuss the topic further.

View essays of previous IGS Global Scholar’s Prize winners.