Earth Day Essay Contest
“When sportsmen of
an area want to ‘improve’ fishing in a reservoir, they prevail on authorities
to dump quantities of poison into it to kill the undesired fish, which are then
replaced with hatchery fish more suited to the sportsmen’s taste. The procedure
has a strange Alice-in-Wonderland quality. The reservoir was created as a
public water supply, yet the community, probably unconsulted about the
sportsmen’s project, is forced either to drink water containing poisonous
residues or to pay our tax money for treatment of the water to remove the poisons
— treatments that are by no means foolproof.”
from Silent Spring (1962)
is the centerpiece of creation, vital to all life. It is symbolic for cleansing,
growth, fertility, cohesion, wisdom, reflection, the subconscious, etc. Yet, water
also contains dangerous and destructive powers. Does humanity still honor and
fear water? Has its status as an economic commodity changed our value of it?
Are politics corrupted in the issue of water preservation? Are communities
adequately educated on the treatment of their water? Have we made water’s
survival as dependent on us as we are on it? What does water symbolize for
humanity today in religion, literature, our local communities, and the world? How
have our thoughts changed or stayed the same in relation to water?
invite you to respond to questions relating to the relationship between water
and humanity. Also, consider Carson’s quote and current events, including those
in the past year and today, related to water pollution. We’re not looking for
lists of facts about environmental issues, but instead we hope to read creative
and thoughtful essays focused on the essential nature of water to our bodies
and minds. Our question: “Silent Spring,” still silent?
Prize: Kindle plus a $25 Amazon gift card
up prize: $50 Amazon gift card.
Requirements: The contest is open
to all currently enrolled Samford undergraduates. Submitted essays
be up to 1500 words.
be Word documents and sent as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight, Sunday,
include the following message in the body of your email, followed by your
“I give the
Communication Resource Center and Samford University permission to publish my
essay if they so choose. I understand some minor editing of my essay may be
conducted prior to publication and that publication may involve print as well
as electronic mediums.”
All entries will be blind-reviewed by CRC staff.
Winners will be announced at noon, April 19, during Earth Day festivities.