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Tomorrow's climate - today's challenge

[Friday 27 January 2006]

The search is on to find Yorkshire's climate change champion.

Defra's Climate Change Minister, Elliot Morley, has launched a national search for nine young people across England who will act as the voices on climate change in their region.

The young climate change champions will form part of the Government's "Tomorrow's Climate, Today's Challenge" initiative - a three-year drive to communicate the threat of global warming and the need for everyone - Government, industry and individuals, to help tackle the problem.

Elliot Morley launches search for young people to speak out on climate change
Elliot Morley launches
search for young people
to speak out on climate

The young climate change champion will spend a year "in office" spreading the word about climate change to people across Yorkshire through a series of local activities.

The successful applicant will meet with a senior Government Minister to discuss climate change in the UK and their ideas for how to communicate the issue more effectively to the public. They will also have a number of other engagements throughout the year, including a fact-finding tour to Switzerland to witness the effects of climate change at the Gurschen glacier.

Launching the initiative, Mr Morley said; "the Government is committed to tackling climate change. We owe it to future generations to do all we can to change public attitudes in favour of a more climate-friendly way of life".

Adding; "young people in Britain care deeply about the environment and they have a vital role to play as champions in their communities. I very much look forward to seeing the ideas put forward by prospective climate change champions and meeting the final nine once they are selected".

The competition is open to any young person aged between 10 and 18 years. Entrants are required to submit their own communication about climate change together with why they believe they should be selected as a champion. Entries may be in the form of a news report about climate change. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as the front page of a newspaper, a web news page, video, short film, radio feature or other medium - covering how climate change is affecting the UK, why it is important that everyone should know about the issue and how it can be tackled.

Applicants will be judged by a panel of communications and climate change experts and the final nine will be chosen based on their communication skills, teamwork and enthusiasm for communicating about global warming.

In addition to the visit to Switzerland, the climate change champion will also attend key climate change events throughout the year, receive communication skills training and have the opportunity to meet with some of the UK's leading climate change agencies to learn more about global warming and how it is affecting our region.

The deadline for entries is March 31st and more information is available on the Government's climate change website, www.climatechallenge.gov.uk.

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