It's award season for TH!NK2: Climate Change, the widely successful second round of TH!NK ABOUT IT.
TH!NK2 recently picked up a European Public Affairs Award (EPA), is up for a European Excellence Award next week and has awarded 9 bloggers with prizes, three of whom will attend the COP15 Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen.
"The EPA Web 2.0 Campaign of the Year award really belongs to the TH!NK bloggers, who have made the competition such a success. They have taken blogging to the next level with their amazing , " says Anne Autio, Managing Editor of the EJC and head of the TH!NK project.
The EPA was announced at a gala ceremony on 5 November in Brussels, the Web 2.0 campaign category was included in the EPAs for the first time. Members of EPA accredited organizations voted from a list of five nominations to determine the winner. TH!NK ABOUT IT has a second opportunity to win an international award at the European Excellence Awards in Vienna next week.
"A platform such as the TH!NK is clearly needed. We are already looking into the possibilities of a third competition round next spring," says Anne Autio.
TH!NK2 participants are also winning big this season. Federico Pistono of Italy, Adela Trofin of Romania and Diego Caseas Silva of Brazil will attend the COP15 summit from 15 – 20 December. They will report on the conference events on the TH!NK ABOUT IT platform at http://www.thinkaboutit.eu Between 15 and 20 thousand people are expected to attend the world's largest climate change summit, including 85 world leaders.
"I will try to get some actual personal personal position from our leaders," Pistono said of his mission at COP15. "I want to capture the human side, get them to do some real action and less political talk. It won't be easy."
TH!NK2 continues to give away prizes this month; three monthly winners and one overall TH!NK2 prize will be given away when the project wraps up on 16 December. The European Commission as well as the Dutch Ministry for Education, Science and Culture have supported this project.