The GHREEN Essay Contest

Global Human Rights: Environment & Equality Now

The GHREEN Essay Contest

Participate in an Awareness Campaign

“How Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goal 12 Impact Our Lives” 

Essay Prompt: “How can I be a responsible global citizen, and ensure that sustainable consumption and production patterns protect Human Rights?” 


We live our lives every day without knowledge of the ties between our possessions and human rights violations. Think of your own personal smartphone. Did you know that there is a component in iPhones that predominantly found only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? This resource is vital to the creation of an iPhone and is mined and produced by child labor (Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 4, “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude”). Children are forced to work and create something that we use every single day. This is a violation of their human rights, and many consumers do not realize that simple everyday items are produced while violating human rights. It is important for all of us to be more aware of human rights, the origins of the products we use everyday, and how our consumption habits impact sustainability. This essay contest provides you an opportunity to share your ideas with our local sponsors; Finger Lakes ReUse, Words into Deeds, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and will be recognized by the United Nations Millennium Cornell Campus Network initiative.

SUBMISSION: Please submit all essays via e-mail to Angela Li ( and Sarah Li (  The extended submission deadline is Friday, November 22nd.

The winner will be announced on Monday, November 25th and the celebration event will be held in the second week of December (TBD).

Essay Instructions