Are you Canada’s 2008 environmental hero?

Earth Day Canada, in partnership with Cascades, has launched its search for the 2008 Hometown Heroes Award winner. The Hometown Heroes Award recognizes and encourages personal environmental achievement at the local level. This year’s winner will receive a cash-prize of $10 000–$5 000 to keep and $5 000 to donate to the environmental cause of their choice.

The most important environmental action happens at the local level. Some people are involved in the community garden movement; others in the protection of natural spaces; still others have started their own environmental network or organization. The environmental issue you focus on is really up to you. The Hometown Heroes Award is looking for the environmental leaders who have shown commitment and achieved results in their community.

According to Robert O’Brien, founder of Ocean Net and the 2007 Hometown Heroes Award winner, the recognition was gratifying. “For Ocean Net and all the volunteers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, a prestigious award such as this gave all of us a tremendous boost of pride and energy for what we do. The Award has helped us secure funding and has furthered the credibility of Ocean Net as well.”

This year’s winner will be recognized as part of the 5th Annual Earth Day Canada Gala in Toronto, on June 18th 2008.

“The Earth Day Gala was an amazing event. Being brought to Toronto to receive the award, and being treated so well by the Earth Day Canada staff and guests, cannot help but make one feel special,” O’Brien added.

For more information, or to nominate yourself, an individual or group from your community, please visit www.earthday.ca/hometown. The deadline for applications is April 22, 2008.

About Earth Day Canada
Earth Day Canada, a national environmental charity, was founded in 1991 to provide Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to help the environment. It was recognized in 2004 as the top environmental education organization in North America by the Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the world’s largest association of environmental educators. Earth Day Canada regularly partners with 1 000s of organizations in all parts of Canada.