Winner Announced in World Environment Day Blogging Contest

The votes are in! Congratulations to Scott Bartlett for winning the UNEP and TreeHugger World Environment Day Blogging Competition!

Our partners at the United Nations Environment Programme announced the winner earlier today and have some good quotes from Scott on why he entered the competition:

“Nature certainly moves me, but I gain inspiration for my environmental writing from ordinary things. When I read about a problem, I start thinking about solutions, and that causes me to write my thoughts on the matter. When I hear a good story, I consider the value it might have for the environmental movement,” says Scott.

Scott says that his teachers sparked his early interest in climate change and environmental issues, “It wasn't until I read a book called ‘A Short History of Progress’ by Ronald Wright that I realized the immediacy and gravity of the challenges that face us. My concern led me to take what I'd learned from years of fiction writing and apply it to environmental blogging.”

Competing in the Rio+20 Big Blog Off was a rewarding and memorable experience for Scott, “It's very encouraging to see so many people grappling with these important issues--both the bloggers who entered the competition and the readers who liked, commented and voted on the final ten competitors' blogs.“

As a reward for winning the blogging competition, Scott will join me in Rio de Janeiro in June to help cover World Environment Day and bring the importance of that event to our readers around the world.

We'd like to thank all of the other contestants for entering and putting their time and energy into spreading the word about why they care about the environment. It is always inspiring to read all the great essays and blog posts and know that so many people care deeply about these issues.

Stay tuned to TreeHugger and the World Environment Day site for future coverage!

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