Eco-Logic Awards in association with SABC3
The Eco-Logic Awards have been created to enable both individual and company consumers to participate in looking after our Planet - through the conscious use of their consumer spending power.
Every product or service purchased by a consumer has an environmental impact! We therefore encourage every consumer to look for and purchase products and services that have been produced with most care for and least damage to the Earth and its eco-systems.
These Awards, initiated by the Enviropaedia and judged by a panel of highly respected, environmentally aware individuals, will investigate a range of products, services and organisations with a view to recognising and rewarding those that have been produced in an eco-logical manner.
The Eco-Logic Awards will also recognise and reward those individuals, communities and Municipalities who are making a significant contribution toward creating an eco-logically sustainable society and environment.
To Enter an Award, click on an Award Category Below
Entries Open till 30 June 2013
|The Water Conservation Award
|The Municipality Award
|The Recycling Award
|The Community Award
|The Energy Saving Award
|The Climate Change Award
|The Eco-Warrior Award
|The Biodiversity Award
||The Youth Award
|The Eco-Angel Award
||The Eco-Innovation Award
||The Lifetime achievement Award
|The Transport Award
General Criteria to be considered to be 'Eco-Logical':
The objective of the Eco-Logic Awards is to identify and reward those values and thinking patterns that are supportive of life on Earth. The judging criteria therefore evaluate the motivation and the quality of our thinking and behaviour in terms of how these positively or negatively impact our Earth. By judging motivation and quality (rather than using a quantitative measure of how much saving or improvement was achieved) we are therefore able to recognise and reward the small players and smaller organisations just as much as the big players who can afford to invest greater resources into their initiatives and their entries. This levels the playing field for all Eco-Logic Award entries. Each Entry will therefore be judged on the 7 Principles or ‘Roots’ of Eco-Logic as follows:
1. Care for the Earth - (20 points)
1.1 Recognising that as humans we are dependent on the Earths eco-systems for our own survival – a maximum of 10 points will be allocated in proportion to the entries efforts to reduce negative impact and damage to the Earth’s eco-systems ( e.g. : reducing pollution of water or air )
1.2 Recognising that we should aim to do more than just ‘not damage’ our environment, and that we should raise our sights to actually benefit and contribute to the health of our environment – a further 10 points will be allocated in proportion to the entries positive benefit to the Earth’s eco-systems (e.g.: Turning waste into compost or purification of polluted water or air)
2. Long Term Thinking (Inspired Vision) - (20 points)
2.1 Recognising that the Earth’s eco-systems operate in long term cycles and that gratifying our short term desires can sometimes compromise or be harmful to the long term sustainability of these eco-systems – a maximum of 10 points will be allocated in proportion to the timescale and lifecycles considered by the entry in planning to meet their needs and objectives.
2.2 Recognising that negative ‘doom and gloom ‘ messages ( including threats of climate change and other ecological disasters) have not resulted in an upsurge of positive and constructive public response ( instead these threats have made many people close their eyes and ears to the scary facts presented to them) – a further 10 points will be allocated in proportion to the entries positive, constructive and motivational long term aims and objectives, that give the consumer an inspirational long term vision to aim for.
3. Holistic thinking - (10 points)
Recognising that everything in nature is part of an interconnected whole and that gratifying specific interests can sometimes compromise or be harmful to the greater ecological whole – a maximum of 10 points will be allocated in proportion to the entrants mindfulness and consideration for the impact of their activities on the greater ecological whole (i.e.; the degree of ‘holistic’ perspective in their planning and implementation)
4. Ubuntu - (10 points)
Recognising that in the long term we as individuals and organisations are dependent on the wellbeing of the community we live in for our own health, wealth and happiness – a maximum of 10 points will be allocated in proportion to the entries willingness to go beyond pure self-interest and to show (Ubuntu) care and consideration for the human and non-human community in which they operate.
5. Quality based (Meta-physical) values - (10 points)
Recognising that we are facing a reality of rapidly growing populations and diminishing natural resources, we are currently consuming the Earth’s resources faster than the Earth can replenish and restore these resources. It is therefore imperative that we slow down on the quantity of our material consumption. An effective way of achieving this will be to replace our desire for more and more ( quantity of consumption) with an appreciation for non-material assets such as elegance, intelligence, culture and an increased focus on the quality of our material consumption ( better quality generally lasts longer and therefore uses less resources – and disposable products represent the extreme opposite of sustainable consumption) . Therefore a maximum of 10 points will be allocated in proportion to the elegance, quality, durability and least use of resources in the product or service provided by the entry.
6. Innovation- (10 points)
Recognising that we live in a rapidly changing world and that outdated thinking and behaviours that may have been previously regarded as acceptable (e.g.; slavery, apartheid, animal abuse, waste, pollution and CO2 emissions) must now change - a maximum of 10 points will be allocated in proportion to the entries demonstration that it is not acting simply out of habit, tradition or dogma, but is instead using innovative new thinking to meet current and future needs.
7. Emotional and Intuitive Intelligence (Wisdom) - (20 points)
To be truly ‘eco-logical’, we must utilise ALL of the faculties that Nature in her wisdom and her proven efficiency has given us. In addition to a body and mind, Nature has, for very good reason, also given us emotions and intuition. Respected thought leaders such as Einstein, Ghandi and Jung acknowledged that utilising our emotional and intuitive intelligences does NOT mean abandoning or diminishing our mental faculties – this is a means of ENHANCING our mental capabilities by giving us QUALITATIVE guidance and feedback - that ADD to our ability to evaluate situations, people, products, and to deal with the challenges and realities of life on Earth. The combined use of intellectual and intuitive intelligences brings balance and wisdom to our decisions and actions.
Therefore a maximum of 10 points will be allocated in proportion to the quality of the emotional impact of the entrant’s product, project or service. If the impact is uplifting and positively motivational (heart-warming) –up to 10 points can be added, but if the impact is negative, fear inducing (leaving us ‘cold’ or disheartened) – up to 10 points can be deducted from the total achieved. This score will then be doubled (up to a maximum of 10 further points) based on the quantity/size/scale of the emotional impact.
TOTAL: Whilst the above provides a maximum of 100 points – the advantages and benefits of becoming ‘an eco-logical human being’- are limitless!
2012 AWARD WINNERS
Recycling sponsored by Plastics SA
Seed Experiences (Rocking the Daisies)
Eco-Warrior sponsored by MTN
Marcelle Meredith – NSPCA
Community sponsored by SABC3
Food and Trees for Africa
Eco-Innovation sponsored by Standard Bank
Youth sponsored by Pick n Pay
Generation Earth - Ella Bella
Water Conservation sponsored by SAB and Rand Water
Transport sponsored by ACSA
Seed Experiences – Rocking the Daisies
Kobus Strydom, Language of the Wilderness Foundation
2012 PHOTO GALLERY