Friday, 22 February 2013

Ecover Young Green Champions


As I mentioned earlier in the week, The Observer Ethical Awards, in association with Ecover, recently launched, with a chance for under 18s involved in ethical initiatives to win £6000* from Ecover.

Lucy Siegle, chair of judging, said: “It is entirely possible that there’s a group of under 18s with an ethical project so clever that we haven’t even thought of it yet. We know that so many young people refuse to put up with inheriting a planet in bad shape and that they are doing something about making the world a better place. We want to hear their ideas so that we can help their brilliant scheme really take off.”

The awards also recognise the valuable work done by teachers, parents or youth group leaders working with potential Young Green Champions. Those who nominate projects from the groups they work with or who encourage Young Green Champions to enter could win a three night stay for a family of four at The Coppice Woodland in Hertfordshire.

The annual awards are the only ones hosted by a national newspaper which focus on both environmental change and social justice, highlighting those that are doing incredible things - big or small - to make it easier for us all to act and live in a sustainable way. They shine a light on corporations acting responsibly, groundbreaking ideas that change the mould, community projects that engage people with issues and online initiatives which demonstrate that ethical living is accessible to everyday people.

Previous winners of the youth category have included a group of year 8 pupils from Merseyside that make, sell and distribute bat or bird boxes within the local community; a youth fashion project that gave attention to ecological issues, and two young boys whose dynamic recycling project in their rural community was dubbed ‘the new paper round’ by our judges.

To nominate someone, a project or classroom idea for The Observer Ethical Awards visit www.observer.co.uk/ethicalawards

*The winning project receives a £6000 grant payable as 3 x £2000 a year installment over three years from Ecover. Installments are paid yearly subject to an annual project appraisal and agreed spending plan between the winner and Ecover.

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