Call for Entries: Action for Nature's Eco Hero Awards

Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

San Francisco-based nonprofit Action for Nature invites youth ages 8-16 to submit environmental projects for their annual Eco-Hero Awards. Like Hostelling International's Outdoor Hostel Adventure program, the Eco-Hero Awards aim to promote environmental education, stewardship, and advocacy among youth.

Applicants should submit a project that concerns environmental health, advocacy, research, or protection. Winners receive up to $500 towards their project, as well as publicity through Action for Nature's website, video, and newsletters.

The 2012 Eco-Hero Award winners are a diverse group of young people who share a passion for environmental activism; they include: Miranda Andersen, a documentary filmmaker bringing awareness to such issues as threatened salmon populations, global deforestation, and the proliferation of plastic and electronic waste; Erek Hansen, who has kept 13,500 pairs of jeans out of landfills through his denim recycling campaign in North America; and Nissan Pani, who helped plant 3,000 saplings and formed Save the Planet youth groups to spread environmental awareness in his home state of Odisha, India.

These three young people provide a few examples of the type of youth initiatives Action For Nature aims to support. For complete application guidelines, go to Action for Nature's website. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Fiume Drummond Simnacher at 1 (415) 513 - 2421 or

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