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Tuesday March 24th, 2015

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Brett Morrison, an Earth Day Contest winner from 2014 is joined by MPP Percy Hatfield and Councillor Irek Kusmierczyk to receive his award.

In celebration of Earth Day, the Essex Region Conservation Authority is seeking creative submissions from students throughout Windsor-Essex area.

They are asking students to show, in any creative medium, how they make every day Earth Day. The contest will highlight the students’ daily habits which contribute to bettering our local environment.

“Whether they compost at home, bike to school, or encourage their friends to recycle, our community’s young people can be leaders when it comes to enjoying and protecting our natural environment,” says ERCA’s Community Outreach Services Director Danielle Stuebing. “With this contest we wanted to highlight how young people set an example of daily behaviours and habits that others can replicate to make a difference.”

Students have a number of creative options to tell their environmental story with pictures, poems and essays, and even photographs all welcome. The submissions will be separated into five grade-based categories, with one winner declared from each category. The only other requirements for submissions are that the students come from Windsor-Essex schools and they’re are open to sharing their work with ERCA.

“We wanted this contest to be as open as possible for all students to explore their own creative mediums,” Stuebing says. “It’s really about young people setting examples in their daily behaviours that reflects what we celebrate on Earth Day.”

The student submissions will be shared with the general public on the ERCA website and social media pages. The winning students will also be recognized at ERCA’s annual Earth Day tree planting event, which happens at 10am on April 26th at the Little River Corridor at Florence and McHugh in Windsor, just east of the WFCU Centre. All residents from the region are invited to attend this free event and help plant 2000 trees.

The five winning submissions will be rewarded with an Earth Day prize pack, which includes a gift card generously donated by the Windsor Crossing outlet mall.

A full description of contest rules and ERCA’s Earth Day activities can be found on their website here.

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