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There is still time to enter EarthEcho’s Defend Your Drain Contest

EarthEcho is so excited about the excellent youth video submissions for Seventh Generation Foundation’s Campaign for a Toxin-Free Generation and we know there are more coming very soon. We want to feature as many young people making “Toxin-Free” choices as possible, though, so we have extended the contest deadline until May 31, 2013.

In continuing to provide support for teachers and young people, we wanted to again share the link to the Defend Your Drain webinar which explores what is going down our drains, the impacts these chemicals have on aquatic systems, and suggestions for how young people can reduce their impact. The recorded webinar is one of the video links near the bottom of the page but be sure to check out all the additional resources for youth! While the Defend Your Drain webinar is a great resource for ideas, watching the webinar is not necessary for contest entry. This contest is open to any youth (13-22 years old) who want to share their 30 second story about a change they have made (or are making) to reduce toxins in their daily routine. Prizes for video entry winners include a GoPro camera, Patagonia gift cards, and more!

Here are a few ideas to help you get started and remember every little bit helps, so be sure you capture video testimonials about small changes to habits in one home or one classroom :

· &bbsp;     Make your own public service announcement (PSA) about how to eliminate one (or more) toxins from your daily routine.

·       Be entrepreneurial and make and launch your own toxin-free cleaning product and share your commercial with us.

·       Work with building staff at your school to create a toxin-free policy and create policy awareness with a video for classmates and teachers.

·       Document a toxin-free mentoring lesson for younger students at your local elementary school or after school facility.

·       Film yourself, documentary-style, informing local businesses about the products on their shelves and asking them to join you in taking action!