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The 2012 WWF Earth Hour Awards are now open!

In 2011, the fifth year of the Earth Hour campaign, WWF-Australia introduced the WWF Earth Hour Awards to celebrate the grassroots efforts of everyday Australians going ‘beyond the hour’ for the planet.
As we enter the second year of the Awards, we're pleased to re-launch last year's favourite categories, the Education, Young Panda and Futuremakers Awards. We're also happy to introduce a few new ones. Read on for more information on each category and how to apply for 2012.

Education Award

Earth Hour 2011: Hanan Hassan and Julia Lin, champions of EnviroKids – Young Panda Award Winners.  / ©: WWF-Australia
© WWF-Australia

There's no doubt that education is vital to nurturing the environmental consciousness of our young people. In 2012, WWF continues to celebrate the important role that schools are playing in empowering students to create a sustainable future.

Young Panda Award

Earth Hour 2011: Liam Dempsey – Young Panda Award finalist. / ©: Julie Chaise
© Julie Chaise

With their creativity, optimism and influence, youth can make a real impact on the world! In 2012, we’re looking to under 17 year olds who want to change the world and with inspirational ideas on how to do it. 



Sustainable Small Business Award

Legs and feet of a man in a business suit leaves green footprints behind him. / ©: / WWF-Canada
© / WWF-Canada

This one celebrates going beyond business as usual. We're looking for small businesses, with under 30 employees, leading the way with innovative, ambitious and effective initiatives having a positive impact on the environment and inspiring broader change in the community.

Eco Blogger Award

Tropical ant silhouettes of several on green leaf (Oecophylla sp.). / ©: Chris Martin Bahr / WWF-Canon
© Chris Martin Bahr / WWF-Canon

In the last decade, the world has moved more and more online, changing the way we connect with others, allowing us to share ideas, actions and inspiration. Calling all environmentally-minded bloggers!

Creative Arts Award

1.000 ice sculptures in the shape of humans were placed by passers-by on the steps of the music ... / ©: Rosa Merk / WWF-Germany
© Rosa Merk / WWF-Germany

By changing our perspective on the world, art can affect deep and lasting social change. For this award, we're looking for inspiring projects within the visual or performance arts exploring environmental concerns, and offering audiences new ways of engaging with the issues.

Futuremakers Award

A modern glass office building reflects blue sky and clouds indicating environmental architecture ... / ©: / WWF-Canada
© / WWF-Canada

Open to one and all, young and old, this award is for outstanding individuals who are thinking outside the box and implementing big, bold, creative initiatives that will help transform our future. For innovators and initiators!

People’s Choice Award

Earth Hour 2011: Catherine lee Point Pre School – Education Award Winner. / ©: WWF-Australia
© WWF-Australia

Drawn from a pool of 12 finalists, you will have the chance to vote online for your favourite, most inspiring story. The WWF Earth Hour People's Choice Award will run throughout March with the winner being announced on Earth Hour. Stay tuned





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