2023 International Eco-Hero Awards for Young Environmentalists

Last Updated on December 7, 2022

International Eco-Hero Awards

Action For Nature (AFN), a non-profit organization, created the International Young Eco-Hero Awards to recognize and reward the successful individual environmental initiatives of young people ages 8 to 16.

AFN encourages young people around the world to carry out individual environmental action projects. They believe that young people can have a positive impact on the environment and are vital in changing the way we live on our planet.


Winners will receive:

  • Public recognition and media press release
  • Cash prize up to $500
  • Certificate of Achievement for outstanding efforts to help protect and preserve the environment
  • Exclusive access to the Eco-Hero Alumni Facebook group

Just as importantly, winners will serve as role models for other young people by demonstrating that each individual can make a difference.


  • Open to applicants who have initiated an environmental project of their own.
  • Applicants must be aged 8 to 16 and no more than 16 years of age on February 28, 2023.

Project Requirements

  • The project concerns environmental health, advocacy, research or protection of the natural world.
  • The project is action-based and self-initiated, and not one assigned by a teacher or other adult.
  • The project should be at least 6 months long and close to completion or completed within the last year.
  • If the project is an invention, some trials should be completed before applying.
  • Science Fair and Scouting Badge projects will only be considered if they include environmental action, educational outreach to others or extended studies beyond the Science Fair and Scouting Badges.
  • They do not accept projects related to domestic or confined animals and compositions or reports.
  • Previous winners, immediate relatives of AFN board members, active reading panel members, or judges, may not apply.
  • Only applications in English are accepted.

Judging Criteria

Preference is given to projects of 2+ years and/or ongoing projects.

The applications will be judged according to several criteria, including but not limited to:

  • originality
  • difficulty
  • organization
  • length of time devoted to the project
  • influencing/educating others
  • use of outside resources (e.g. library, experts, media, community leaders)
  • degree of success in reaching goals
  • the impact on the environment


Read the Application Guidelines to see if you are eligible to apply to become a Young Eco-Hero. If you or someone you know is eligible, encourage them to apply.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit International Eco-Hero Awards.

Deadline: February 28, 2023

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