This year’s Scholarship Essay Contest, sponsored by the Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, was recorded by a Media Edge crew on May 1 at the Dante Club in Sacramento. The winning essays were chosen from entries submitted by greater Sacramento area high school students that reacted to this year’s prompt, based on a quote from President Dwight Eisenhower: “very gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” After the finalists read their essays, the authors of the top three essays earned $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 scholarships, and the other six each earned a $750 scholarship.
“Peak Moment” (27 minutes)
“There are no real solutions, there are only responses.” Co-editor Daniel Lerch tells us renewable energy will never be able to replace fossil fuels. Thus resilience – the capacity of a system to withstand disturbance while retaining its fundamental integrity – needs to replace sustainability as a guide to action.
“Hands in Peace” (11 minutes)
Hands in Peace builds peace among diverse communities by adapting the ancient Greek Olympics for children. The children celebrate our common humanity and cultural diversity through non-competitive festivals like this one held in Sacramento.