Ten years ago the Observer Ethical Awards launched with the vague notion that a lot of good people were doing brilliant things to bring environmental and social justice to the UK and that should be celebrated. There was also a hunch that this was where the real change would come from – as opposed to waiting for the government to take action. A decade later these awards (sometimes gratifyingly called ‘the green oscars’) are rooted firmly in the annual events calendar and attract thousands of entries.
By nominating and voting in this year’s awards, you can help to boost more ethical warriors. The Observer are working in partnership with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots in seeking unsung green heroes (often working away quietly and modestly for many years), to designers who can redefine ethical fashion through a piece for queen of the green carpet, Livia Firth to a new crop of Young Green Champions. For the first time, they join up with Bafta to find the greenest television or film production of the year.
Let’s make this year a record breaker, please nominate and vote as never before and make this a tenth birthday to remember! Nominate yourself or someone you know today at observer.co.uk/ethicalawards.
Here are all the categories
At Roots & Shoots, we would like to encourage you to nominate your best projects for the Young Green Champion category, by submitting your brilliant ideas on how you are making your school, community or even the world a better place to be. Working individually or as a group, explain how your ideas make a difference. This award comes with a generous £6,000 bursary from Ecover for your scheme. In 2012 the Roots & Shoots Team from Queen Elizabeth II High School in Isle of Man, took the Gold in this category and in 2013, three of our teams were in the top 5 and one made it to the runner up. This year it could be you!
As it’s a very special 10th anniversary year for the awards this year our very own Dr Jane and Tara Golshan will be part of the judging team.
The Roots & Shoots Team