TUESDAY, FEB. 21:  The Bermuda National Trust (“the Trust”) and Greenrock today announced a 2012 Earth Day Student Video Competition for middle and high school students. A global event, Earth Day takes place annually on April 22 with more than one billion people participating in a wide range of environmental activities.

Bermuda students are invited to submit a short video (2 – 5 minutes) on an environmental theme. Videos are to demonstrate what students think needs to change and how they think change can be achieved based on one of the following themes: “For the Island”, “For the Earth” or “For the Sargasso Sea”. Students may create their videos as classes, clubs or peer groups using video cameras or even cell phones on a wide variety of topics relating to the state of the environment and our future.

Expressions of interest should be submitted on or before Wednesday, February 29 to Abbie Caldas, the Trust’s Education Officer at acaldas@bnt.bm. If needed, community mentors will be matched to students to guide the development of their ideas, filming and editing. The final deadline for completed videos is Tuesday, April 10.

Further details about the Earth Day Student Video Competition and HOW TO ENTER may be found at the Trust’s website at www.bnt.bm or at Greenrock’s website at www.greenrock.org.

Students’ videos will be screened during school assemblies at the end of April. Winners will receive prizes and their video projects will be featured on the Trust and Greenrock’s websites, as well as on TV and in a local film festival. Winners will receive some great prizes!

Funded by the Argo Foundation and Montpelier Re Foundation, the Bermuda National Trust and Greenrock have established the Earth Day Student Video Competition to highlight the power of individuals’ actions and to raise students’ awareness about the connection between the choices they make, the future of their island and the future of the planet.

Bermuda National Trust Education Officer Abbie Caldas said: “This is an opportunity for schools and faculty to engage students in showcasing their creativity, innovation and commitment to our natural and cultural heritage, as well as to the future of the planet. Students may enter as a group or individually and show us what they think it takes to impact change Do you ‘impact’ change? Maybe say ‘bring about change’. We believe that through the medium of film, students can be empowered and given a voice to reach the community and its leaders.”

Greenrock President Dr. Judith Landsberg added: “The title of the film can mean either ‘What should you do for the Island?’ or ‘What decisions do we make every day that have an impact on our environment?’ Or, it could mean ‘If we gave the island a voice, what would it say to us? How have things changed? How does the future look?’”