2011 Essay Contest Now CLOSED

We are no longer accepting entries for the CBEYA 2011 Essay Contest. Information about the next Essay Contest will be posted here as soon as the details are available.


We thank the entrants and the community for their interest in and support of CBEYA.

Canada-Barbados Environmental Youth Award (CBEYA)

To avoid confusion with a Barbados Ministry of Environment awards programme of a similar name, the Children's Environmental Action Award has been renamed the Canada-Barbados Environmental Youth Award (CBEYA).

CBEYA Awards ProgrammeThe CBEYA programme recognizes individual youth , their families, youth groups, educational classes and schools for their activities that sustainably and directly develop, preserve and protect one or more of the following:

  1. The Barbados terrestrial environment and water resources
  2. Terrestrial parklands in Barbados
  3. Barbados territorial ocean, coastal and inland habitats.
  4. Environmentally sustainable agriculture and aquaculture in Barbados

Individuals and groups are eligible to be nominated.

Each CBEYA Award will include a Bds. $2,000 cash prize. In some cases a single Award may be shared by a group (such as a school class or entire school), or a combination of a group and an individual.

A total of four (4) CBEYA awards per year will be made. Two will be awarded to young adults between ages 14 to 21, and two will be awarded to youth between the ages of 5 to 13. From time to time the CBEYA administrators may allocate award funds to special events such as Essay Competitions and other events, but an important component of the CBEYA programme will depend on Nominations of worthy individuals and groups by the citizens of Barbados.

Nominee(s) must be full-time residents of Barbados.

The 2011-2012 deadlines for all nominations are: November 16, 2011
March 15, 2012

Nominating a special person or group is easy. On a sheet of paper or in the body of an email (no attachments), provide the following information about the person or group you wish to nominate:

  1. Full name(s) and age(s) of the Nominee individual or group. If a group, all youths' names and ages must be listed, along with the name of the group leader or representative.
  2. Legal address and telephone number of the Nominee.
  3. Legal name, address and telephone number of the Nominator.
  4. Relationship of the nominator to the child or group.  You may not nominate yourself for an individual award.  However, a teacher or school administrator may nominate their own class or school.
  5. Write a narrative about why the Nominee deserves an award:
    • Describe what the Nominee did, and why it was successful.
    • How did the Nominee show responsible leadership and initiative while interacting with adults or agencies?
    • Did the Nominee learn and apply specific and general knowledge of the environment and ecosystems?
    • Did the Nominee motivate and lead others to perform specific actions and tasks that protected the environment or develop environmentally sustainable agriculture or aquaculture, and if so, how?

The equivalent of two typewritten pages is the maximum limit for a nomination submittal.

Nominations must be submitted by email or regular mail. No hand deliveries will be accepted. The nominations must be received by the Deadline date, otherwise they must be resubmitted.

Email Submittals:
  Write in the Subject Line:   “CBEYA Awards Submittal”
  All nomination information must be in the body of the email.
  Attachments will be rejected.
Postal Mail Submittals: The Canada-Barbados Environment Youth Award
  c/o Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary, Inc.
  Worthing Main Road
  Christ Church


Helpful References for Educators


Bunting, T.E. and L.R. Cousins (1985). “Environmental Dispositions among School-age Children.” Environment and Behavior 17(6): 725-68.

Chawla, L. (1994). Out of the Garden, into the World: Preparing Children to Care for the Earth. International School Gardening Conference sponsored by the Montessori Foundation and the American Horticultural Society, Arlington, VA.

Dunlap, R.E., G.H. Gallup Jr., and A.M. Gallup (1993). “Of Global Concern: Results of the Health of the Planet Survey.” Environment 35(9): 7-15, 33-39.

Harvey, M.R. (1989). “The Relationship between Children's Experiences with Vegetation on School Grounds and Their Environmental Attitudes. Journal of Environmental Education 21(2): 9-15.

Hungerford, H.R., and T.L. Volk (1990). “Changing Learner behavior through Environmental Education.” Journal of Environmental Education 21(3): 8-21.

Johnson, G.R. and J. Monear (1994). “A Child's View of the Urban Forest.” Journal of Arboriculture 20(6): 336-40.

Kellert, S.R. (1985). “Attitudes toward Animals: Age-Related Development among Children.” Journal of Environmental Education 16(3): 29-39.

Marcinkowski, T. (1987). “An Analysis of Correlates and Predictors of Responsible Environmental Behavior.” Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In Chawla, L. (1994) Out of the Garden, Into the World: Preparing Children to Care for the Earth. International School Gardening Conference sponsored by the Montessori Foundation and the American Horticultural Society, Arlington, VA.

Palmer, J. (1993). “Development of Concern for the Environment and Formative Experiences of Educators.” Journal of Environmental Education 24(3): 26-30.

Pomerantz, C. (1991). “Evaluation of Natural Resource Education Materials.” Journal of Environmental Education 22(2): 16-23.

Ramsey, J.M. (1993). “The Effects of Issue Investigation and Action Training on Eighth-Grade Students' Environmental Behavior.” Journal of Environmental Education 24(3): 31-6.

Ramsey, J.M., and H.R. Hungerford (1989). “Effects of Issue Investigation and Action Training on Environmental Behavior in Seventh-Grade Students.” Journal of Environmental Education 20(4): 29-34.

Ramsey, J.M., H.R. Hungerford, and A. Tomera (1981). “Effects of Environmental Action and Environmental Case Study Instruction on the Overt Environmental Behavior of Eighth-Grade Students.” Journal of Environmental Education 13(1): 24-9.