Vote Now for the BBC World Challenge

well_02.jpg Better late than never. Voting closes in just under three hours (5 PM GMT) for the BBC World Challenge contest, meant "to reward projects that make a real difference to local communities" with a minimal environmental footprint, and often with a positive impact on the environment. Stow your cynicism about sponsor Shell, last year's inaugural contest was a great success, offering crucial media attention (and even sizable prizes) to the finalists. The winning project, Coconets, used coconut waste to help Filipino villagers fight landslides. Take a look at this year's awesome finalists -- including silicon salvagers in the UK, rural handicrafters in Swaziland, solar panel leasers in Laos, and elephant dung recyclers in Sri Lanka -- and hugg the vote. : : The World Challenge

(Photo: from a project located in Khulna, Bangladesh, fighting the scourge of arsenic contamination in local water sources.)

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