The Outlook for Someday was a 2016 finalist in the Leadership in Communication and Education category of the Green Ribbon Awards.
The awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals, organisations, businesses and communities to protecting and enhancing New Zealand's environment.
The Outlook for Someday was a finalist "for developing deep understanding of sustainability issues among the next generation of decision-makers."
The Outlook for Someday was a 2012 finalist in the Green Ribbon Awards.
This is what was said:
"This inspirational project potentially has a huge reach and high impact, particularly with the categories for all age ranges, and its national and international links. The value of the project is not just in the final product - the short films - but in the creative and educational process of researching and making the films.
There is the potential for important environmental messages to go viral and to reach future generations. The project successfully engages young people in communicating through channels that excite them and that they are most familiar with."
In December 2002 the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 57/254 to put in place a United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), spanning from 2005 to 2014, and designated UNESCO to lead the Decade.
DESD sought to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental problems we face in the 21st century.
During this decade, education for sustainable development contributed to preparing citizens better prepared to face the challenges of the present and the future, and decision-makers who will act responsibly to create a viable world.
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) supports five fundamental types of learning to provide quality education and foster sustainable human development – learning to know, learning to be, learning to live together, learning to do and learning to transform oneself and society.
In 2011 The Outlook for Someday was recognised as an exemplar project of DESD. It is one of only two New Zealand initiatives which were allowed to carry the DESD logo by UNESCO.