Mimi on quest for green kids

WHALE conservation luminary Mimi MacPherson turned heads as she breezed into Warwick on her search for budding young environmentalists yesterday.

“We've been travelling all over the Darling Downs looking for young creative people who are environmentally conscious to enter the Young Environmentalist competition,” Ms MacPherson said.

“Kids from prep to Year 12 can submit their entries on any environment issue they're passionate about. We want to know what kids are thinking about regarding the environment and what we can do to address these issues.”

The personable blonde said she was acutely aware children were the ones who would inherit the earth and needed to be consulted about ways to change current unsustainable schools of thought.

“It's their future, they are pressuring us to act. The younger generations are more environmentally aware, they're keeping the older ones honest,” she said.

“That's why I can't wait to see all the entries, I think we'll be blown away.”

Ms MacPherson said she had a connection with environmental issues, from both a personal and business perspective.

“I've been involved with whale watching in Hervey Bay - the pinnacle in Australian eco-tourism - since it started in 1989,” she said.

“However I've also seen a dead turtle washed up on the beach with no less than 100 cigarettes butts in its stomach.”

Resort Hervey Bay developer Tim Wright and Ms MacPherson said they joined forces to look for young candidates.

“I flew (the plane into Warwick) in and it was a little bumpy,” Mr Wright laughed.

“Any school-aged kids of any age can enter, this is not just reserved for the older ones. We are also looking for innovative solutions to environmental problems, so the sky's the limit.”

There will be six winners of the Young Environmentalist competition, which closes on October 31.

Entries can be a drawing, poem, essay, photograph or video.

The winners will receive one week's free accommodation for their families at Ramada Resort Hervey Bay and everyone who enters will receive discount vouchers for a holiday.

Inquiries to 1300 886 202 or visit www.ramadaherveybay.com.au

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