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Enter Masdar’s 2016 'Engage' Blogging Contest! The Transition to a Sustainable Economy by 2030

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You could be honored as Masdar's guest VIP blogger and win an all-expense-paid trip to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in mid-January, 2016. Enter Masdar's Engage blogging contest, and write a response to this prompt: Describe how government and businesses can cooperate to build a sustainable economy.

Businesses look for governments to implement policies that can provide a framework and guarantee economic stability, so that the private sector can plan for the long term.


  • Should governments issue more regulations in order to secure a more sustainable future? Must financial incentives be available in order for next-generation technologies to thrive?

  • Do we need programs that foster innovation and encourage more research and development, which, in the long run, can help solve future risks posed by climate change?

  • Or should there be a more laissez-faire approach, as it is up to businesses to adapt to changing circumstances?

Be creative! The aforementioned topics are just a few examples of ideas that could provide solutions for climate change over the next 15 years. There is not a “right answer,” but the best response to this year’s question is one that offers a well-reasoned and logical approach for what almost everyone agrees is one of this century’s most pressing challenges.

The winning entry will clearly describe how government and business can cooperate in order to allow current and future solutions for climate change to scale and succeed, and therefore, play a significant role in limiting the increase in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius by 2030.

Guidelines to writing the winning post:

The scientific community in general believes that increases in global temperatures must be limited to 2 degrees Celsius in order to mitigate the risks that could result from climate change. While governments and international organizations have long been at the vanguard of finding solutions for climate change, recent trends have shown that the global business community has become more vocal and proactive about the need to shift toward a sustainable economy by 2030.

Masdar’s 2016 blogging contest is all about how business can cooperate with government on addressing climate change and help society transition to a sustainable economy within the next 15 years.

See last year's winning entry here.

Visit Masdar's site for more info and terms of the contest. 

Entries are due January 4th!

We hope to see YOUR post in the competition! Good luck! 

Marissa Rosen headshotMarissa Rosen

Marissa is the Owner of Climate Social, LLC. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Mizzou and a master's in environmental studies from UPenn. 

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