Observer Ethical Awards 2015: nominate now

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 government. 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 looking for 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!  This year’s categories are:


Campaigner of the year

Which public figure has stood out over the past 12 months and really helped to bring about substantive change? We are looking for someone who has put ethical issues at the top of the agenda, from environmental issues to civil rights and beyond.


Green Briton of the year Sponsored by Ecotricity

This category represents a double birthday: as the Ethical Awards celebrates a decade of grassroots change, Ecotricity – Britain’s trailblazing green energy supplier – marks 20 years since it first introduced green electricity to Britain and the world back in 1995. Together, the Observer and Ecotricity are on a mission to find and honour the past year’s most active, resourceful and successful green Briton.


Best ethical product of the decade

Ethical lifestyles require ethical products. It is time to reward the retailer, designer, brand or shop that has provided a product which made it easier for you to save energy, support producer communities or cut waste and pollution.


The community energy project Sponsored by National Grid

From sports clubs to village halls and shared-housing schemes, we’re in the midst of a ground-up revolution in power. We are casting our net wide for energy projects or schemes which are designed and powered by communities.  The winning project will receive £5,000 in funding from National Grid.


Arts and culture

Have you seen a production, film, play or exhibition that has really inspired you to act ethically in your daily life? Is there a book or a song that has made you think differently about the way the world works – and changed the way you behave? Whether it’s small or large, local or national, nominate your favourite to win our arts and culture Ethical Award for 2015.


Sustainable style Sponsored by EcoAge

To mark our 10th anniversary, we want you to design an ethical outfit for our judge Livia Firth, queen of the green carpet. Whether you elect to put an ethical twist on a recent trend or refashion a classic piece in an innovative green fibre, we invite designs both from budding student designers and from those with established pedigrees.


Ecover young green champion Supported by Ecover

Send us your brilliant ideas on how you are making your school, community or even the world a better place. We want to help make your ideas a reality. Working individually or as a group, tell us how your ideas make a difference. If you’re already doing great work, perhaps we can help you take your ideas further. This award comes with a generous £6,000 bursary from Ecover for your scheme*.


Ethical wildlife

We want to track down those of you who are helping protect and preserve UK wildlife. Maybe you or someone you know spends their time rescuing peregrine falcons or saving hedgehogs, or dedicates their weekends to helping preserve habitats for bugs or wildflower meadows for bees. Send us your nominations for individuals, groups or wildlife charities that you feel deserve recognition.


Film and television Supported by Bafta and Albert

Behind the scenes, from green set construction to paperless script editing, there’s a revolution going on as the entertainment industry lessens its impact on the planet. We’ve teamed up with Bafta, chair of the industry’s sustainability consortium, to invite nominations with an impressive ethical edge.

From the small to the silver screen, from moving-image production teams to film and TV buffs with insider knowledge, help us crown the first ever film and television Ethical Award winner.


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