‘An honour to write winning essay’ – Ariel Albert, CARICOM Energy Month competition winner
[su_pullquote align=”right”]“A lot of research went into the writing of this essay and so I was able to learn numerous things about conserving energy. I believe that it is indeed beneficial to any country to practice the use of alternative energy sources.“ – Ariel Albert[/su_pullquote]Energy plays a vital role in the economic and social development of any society. All countries and communities in the Caribbean need affordable, reliable, secure, sustainable and climate-friendly supplies of energy.
In 2017, as part of the CARICOM Energy Month initiative, the CARICOM Secretariat organised three regional competitions:
- the Young Energy Artist Competition, for children aged 12 and under;
- the Energy Month Youth Essay Competition, for students in three categories: tertiary (ages 16-30), secondary (Forms 1-3 / Grade 7-9) and secondary (Forms 4-6 / Grade 10-13).
- the Energy Personality Award, to recognize someone who has made, or is making, an exceptional contribution to a sustainable energy future in the Region
Today, we begin featuring the winners of the CARICOM Energy Month competitions.
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We start with 14-year-old Ariel Albert of St. Joseph’s Convent in Saint Lucia.
She proved that one can present structured arguments in favour of the transition to sustainable energy effectively, while also respecting the 700-word limit of the competition’s rules!
In her native Saint Lucia, Ariel Albert is already making a name for herself as an academic achiever, as she was her year’s top Common Entrance performer with a score of 96.67 percent. She has since won awards in essay competitions about vocational training and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s role. Ms. Albert’s seriousness towards her studies, as well as a commitment to doing her best in everything she undertakes, are inspired by her parents, and especially by her mother whom she admires for her hard work and dedication.
In fact, it was her mother who informed her of the essay competition and who also motivated her to participate in it. This said, excellence does not mean she is swollen-headed, as her reaction to the CARICOM Award proves:
“I think of it as an honour that I was able to write the winning essay against competitors from throughout the region,” she says, before adding “I am also pleased that I am able to present something to my school through my work”, referring to the prize of a multimedia projector offered by the CARICOM Secretariat to her school to celebrate and share her achievement.
When asked whether her approach to renewable energy also reflected an interest in working in the energy sector in the future, Ms Albert is candid:
“A lot of research went into the writing of this essay and so I was able to learn numerous things about conserving energy. I believe that it is indeed beneficial to any country to practice the use of alternative energy sources. Although I would not consider working in this field, I am interested in the topic, as through my classes and research I have learnt that it plays a role in protecting the environment.”
After all the research to familiarise herself with the subject, what advice would she have for Caribbean governments and for her own country?
“I would urge governments to start saving/generating money, as I am aware that it is expensive to set up the equipment needed to start the alternative energy programmes. Revenue can be generated through fundraisers and many other means. Although it would be dear at first, in the long run, the island will surely benefit.”
‘If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them’, George Orwell (1903-1950) is credited with saying. Ms Albert is obviously someone who thinks, as one can see from her essay.
Please read Ariel Albert’s Essay
Look out for features on the other winners right here on CARICOM Today!