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Eleven children have won hip environment-friendly flashlights and backpacks for their creative efforts in CUPE’s fifth annual Earth Day poster contest for kids.
This year’s winners come from across the country and range in age from seven to twelve.  For the first time there is an international winner, as posters were submitted from outside of Canada.  The kids’ posters celebrate Earth Day, April 22.
“Drive a hybrid,” said twelve-year-old Jane’s poster.  Seven-year-old Owen’s poster urged viewers to compost, recycle, ride a bike rather than drive and plant trees.  Eleven-year-old Isaac drew a beautiful poster of a clean and green world.  Protecting wildlife habit, stopping climate change and using renewable resources were some of the other ideas conveyed in the winning children’s posters.
The contest is sponsored by CUPE’s National Environment Committee through the work of the Health and Safety Branch in Ottawa.
Here are the 2007 winners:
Jane – Newfoundland and Labrador
Kaitlyn – Nova Scotia
Brae – Prince Edward Island
Émilie & Stéphanie (coloured one poster together) – Quebec
Owen – Ontario
Jane – Ontario
Isaac – Alberta
Kenadi – Alberta
Rhonda – Saskatchewan
Natasha – British Columbia
Tori – International  

The deadline for the 2008 Earth Day poster contest is May 30, 2008.  To order posters, please email enviro@cupe.ca.