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Eurostar Launches Young Environmental Champions Competition

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Posted by John Sannaee at 09:23 on Tuesday 05 February 2013

As part of its partnership with the Young People’s Trust for the Environment, Eurostar have announced their second annual Have your say on sustainability competition, encouraging young people to share their views on sustainable travel and the environment.

Young people are invited to submit short video clips putting forward their environmental views. Photo: EurostarYoung people are invited to submit short video clips putting forward their environmental views. Photo: Eurostar

Open until 10 March, the competition calls on 11-18 year olds to submit their own short video clips putting forward their environmental views. Five ‘young environmental champions’ will then be chosen, winning the opportunity to travel to the European Parliament in Brussels to share their views with MEPs, plus vouches worth £250 for their school to spend on technological equipment at Curry’s or PC World. From these five, an overall winner will be selected at random to enjoy a three-day stay for four at Disneyland Paris.

This years competition builds on the success of the initiative in 2012, described both by contestants as a “brilliant opportunity to get involved” and by MEPs as a “real wake-up call”. Peter Bragg, Head of Environment and Energy at Eurostar, has added that Eurostar “were blown away by the quality of entries and the strength of views that young people chose to share with us.” So if you, or a young person you know, would like the opportunity to have their say on transport and the environment, this is the perfect chance.

As well as providing an environmentally friendly alternative to flying on routes between the UK and continental Europe, Eurostar also runs its own Tread Lightly programme of initiatives to minimise its impact on the environment. As part of Tread Lightly, Eurostar are working in partnership with Young People’s Trust for the Environment for three years, and the Have your say on sustainability competition is a key part of this. Peter Littlewood, Director of the Young People’s Trust for the Environment, says that he hopes “we can repeat, and maybe even surpass the eloquence and knowledge demonstrated by entrants in last year’s competition.”

>> Eurostar competition page

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