Caring for the environment

The Barbara Ward Award recognises young people who have conserved, enhanced or protected creation.

God created the earth. Often the way we treat creation leads to the harm of both of it, and those living on it. We need to treat the earth with respect.

Nomination Tips:  

Do you know a young person who’s led a conservation project? Maybe they’ve convinced the headteacher to install solar panels or initiated recycling at the Parish Centre. Perhaps you know a young person who is bucking the smartphone trend to lessen the burden on mineral extraction, or leading an awareness campaign around Climate Change. 

One of the 2016 award recipients was Owen from Thornleigh in Bolton, a year 11 pupil who initiated and established the school Eco group, leading the introduction of recycling in the school canteen. 
Nominations are now closed.

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There are seven categories covering a huge variety of areas, and each has its own criteria. These guidance notes and FAQs provide you with more detail about the criteria of each award and provide some hints on what the panelists will be looking for. Every young person nominated will be considered for the Pope Francis Award by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

This resource sheet provides you with a 90 minute youth work session for youth groups or informally in school or college. There is also an Awards Powerpoint, in addition to an accompanying PowerPoint. And check out our FAQs.

Want to know more about our six Catholic social teaching values, then click here.