Transport for a greener world competition

Cartoon of a girl with a notepad sat on a pile of books with transport and education images around herWe are running a creative competition for young people aged 11-13 on the theme of transport for a greener world. We would like the ideas of the next generation to shape our transport plans!


About the competition

The year 2050 might seem a long way off, but if we want to improve the air we breathe and limit our impact on climate change we need to make changes now.

Did you know that 40% of the carbon emissions we produce in the East of England come from our travel? We want to change that.

As the generation who will be travelling to get to jobs, shops and services in the next 30 years, we need your ideas to help create a cleaner, greener and healthier region for us all.

We are hosting a creative writing/arts competition for you to tell us what you would like for the future of travel near your home. The theme is ‘transport for a greener world’ and we would like to see you get creative with your entries.

Transport East aims to make travelling around your area as easy and sustainable as possible. To do this, we are making a plan for the whole region called our Transport Strategy. We would like to include your ideas as part of this.


Who can take part?

The competition is open to all young people in school years 7, 8 and 9 living or going to school in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.


What do you need to do?

Choose ONE of the following:

  • Write a poem, story, song or rap about what you would like to see as the future of transport (500 words maximum). This can be submitted as a written document or video.
  • Create a drawing, painting or collage to show what you would like to see as the future of transport (one side of A4). This can be completed by hand or on a computer

The winning entries will think carefully about how their future transport ideas will impact on the environment and climate change. We recommend focusing on sustainable transport ideas to support travel across the region.

Your entry can explore a specific type of transport or a way of travelling, or highlight something you have seen where you live that could be improved to better the environment.



All entries must be submitted by 3rd May 2021. These should be emailed to Entries can be as a photo, image, pdf or word document.

Please remember to include your name and the name of your school with your entry.

Print version of Transport for a greener world competition information.

Accessible version of Transport for a greener world information.

Easy Read version of Transport for a greener world information.



£20 Waterstones gift voucher to each winner. Five winners will be selected from across the region.


Other rules

All entries must be original and entirely that of the young person. Only one entry may be submitted per person. The decision of the judges will be final.

By entering you give permission for Transport East to use your entry as part of their communications materials, including on their website, social media and on any documents. Your privacy is important to us. Please see our privacy policy for more information.