Haiku Competition

reaching for the sky / to find you've lost the ground that / nurtures you so dear

Haiku Competition

To add a healthy dose of creativity and competitiveness to envecon this year, we held the first annual envecon Haiku competition.

In advance of envecon2021, delegates submitted haikus based on one of our four sessions:

  • Session 1 – Natural Capital Accounting
  • Session 2 – Economic Policy Appraisal in Practice
  • Session 3 – Valuation of Micro Plastics in the Sea
  • Session 4 – How to Be Heard in Times of Crisis (effective communication of research)

Haiku must be three lines which follow a 5, 7, 5 syllable pattern (for a total of 17 syllables). Traditionally, haiku contain a kigo (a seasonal reference) also. Without this reference, the poem is classified as a senryū. Senryū are also acceptable so long as they are in the 5,7,5 structure

The Winner

While we received 22 fantastic haiku, delegates voted for one winner to receive the grand prize of a £50 book voucher. That winner was Tabea Stoeckel, who submitted the following:

 "Reaching for the sky

to find you've lost the ground that

nurtures you so dear"

Congratulations Tabea!