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

Application Deadline: February 28, 2016

Action for Nature, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, is looking for young environmentalists to apply for their annual International Young Eco-Hero Awards in 2016. Similar to Hostelling International's Outdoor Hostel Adventure program, the Eco-Hero Awards encourage environmental education, stewardship, and advocacy among youth. Qualifying applications should have projects that include environmental health, advocacy, research, or protection. 

The 1st place cash prize is $500. Eco-Hero Award recipients will also receive publicity through Action for Nature's website, social media, video, and newsletters.

The 2015 Eco-Hero Award winners are a diverse group of young people from all across the world. Each of their projects ranged from environmental education to  sustainable inventions, and everything in between. For instance, young Eco-Hero Anuj Sisodiya, from the USA, recognized an energy waste problem after he saw holiday lights left on during the day. He worked with his community to distribute timers, and had the potential of saving over 1.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide into the air. Libby Chistophers, from New Zealand, has dedicated her time and effort to save the Maui dolphin from the brink of extinction. A final example, Luca Berardi, from Kenya, founded YARH (Young Animal Rescue Heroes) at 8 years old. “We have,” he says, “to encourage more children to protect nature and wildlife because this is protecting their future.” Every one of Action For Nature’s 19 Eco-Hero winners shared a deep passion for environmental activism.

These 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 Troy Tournat at troy@actionfornature.org

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