Jan 28, 2010

Environmental Non-Profit Seeks to Honor Youth Activists, Environmentalists

Action For Nature accepting applications for 2010 International Young Eco-Hero Awards

Action For Nature, a San-Francisco-based non-profit, is accepting applications for the 2010 International Young Eco-Hero Awards, which honor youth ages 8 to 16 for their accomplishments in environmental advocacy, environmental health, research and protection of the natural world.

Award recipients will receive up to $500 cash, an award certificate and other forms of recognition. The application deadline is Feb. 28, 2010.

Action For Nature’s mission is to encourage young people to take personal action to nurture and protect a healthy environment. Now in its eighth year of the International Young Eco-Hero Awards, the organization has honored 90 young people from 13 countries and 24 states in the U.S.

Previous award winners have continued to receive other leadership, environmental and science awards, such as the Brower Youth and Intel Science awards. They’ve also taken part in local, national and international media interviews.

Alec Loorz, a 2008 award winner, has continued to educate youth and adults about global warming and has spoken to more than 20,000 people. Alec, who is now 15, is the youngest member of Al Gore’s speaking panel, and was recently asked to assist with a presentation before the U.S. Senate.

Former award winner Otana Jakpor, 16, researched air purifiers and ozone emissions and successfully advocated for change in California. Her findings resulted in the first state regulation of ozone-generators. She has since been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has become an official spokesperson for the American Lung Assn. She has also had her work published by several science journals.