Petaluma students have an opportunity to be creative while earning prizes and helping the environment. Action for Nature’s 2018 International Eco-Hero Award applications are open to all young environmentalists ages 8-16.

Eco-Hero winners receive a cash prize up to $500, a certificate of achievement and public recognition for their creative initiatives aimed at tackling the world’s critical environmental challenges. Applications for 2018 are open through Feb. 28.

Beryl Kay, president of Action for Nature, noted, “With this award, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of eco-conscious children and teens who are turning their passion for the planet into actionable projects that have tangible, positive impacts on the environment. Through their commitment, these activists are shaping the world around them and inspiring other young people to take action to protect our earth.”

AFN’s Eco-Hero award winners have gone on to work as ambassadors for the UN, save cheetahs in Namibia, and work for Google while creating partnerships between China and the United States.

They are often creating connections between ecosystems and humans, making the world a more livable, breathable and healthier place.

Awarded annually, winners are selected by a panel of independent judges, including experts in environmental science, biology and education. For the past 15 years, the international young Eco-Hero Awards have honored global youth who are taking important steps to solve tough environmental problems. Since 2003, Action for Nature has recognized more than 200 young people from more than 20 countries and 25 states.

To learn more about how to apply, visit actionfornature.org/eco-hero-awards.