The Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize is given to honor exceptional poems that help make real for readers the gravity of the vulnerable state of our environment at present.
Established in 2019 with generous support from Treehouse Investments, the prize will honor three poets. First place will receive $1,000; second place, $750; and third place, $500. In addition, all three poems will be published in the popular Poem-a-Day series, which is distributed to 500,000 readers. Poems may also be featured in the award-winning education series Teach This Poem, which serves 33,000 educators each week.
Submissions were accepted September 1, 2019 through November 1, 2019 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time). The judges for the Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize are environmentalist Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature (Random House, 1989), and award-winning poet and author Julia Alvarez. Submissions are currently closed.
Additional resources on the climate crisis:
SDG 13: Climate Action
The National Resources Defense Council
The Union of Concerned Scientists
The Sierra Club
The Sierra Club, Redwood Chapter
Koshland Science Museum
“How to Understand the UN’s Dire New Climate Report” by Robinson Meyer, October 9, 2018, The Atlantic
“Winning Slowly is the Same as Losing” by Bill McKibben, December 1, 2017, Rolling Stone
Read this interview with the team at Treehouse Investments about their work and their funding of the Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize.