Women of the Earth 2007 Launched - $15,000 Prize-Purse to be Won; Honors Women Who Act for the Good of Nature and the Well-Being of All Humankind.

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The Women of the Earth award was created by the Yves Rocher Foundation to encourage women who lead or work on projects that benefit mankind and nature. The Yves Rocher Foundation is calling on all media outlets to promote the contest and encourage women to submit their entries. Applications can be downloaded at: http://www.yves-rocher-fondation.org/UK/index.html. The application deadline is October 31, 2006.

The 2007 Women of the Earth contest has been announced, and the application deadline is October 31.

The Women of the Earth award was created by the Yves Rocher Foundation to encourage women who lead or work on projects that benefit mankind and nature. Regardless of the size of the project, applicants are judged by their ability to work within their budget constraints and the impact their work is having on the surrounding community.

Past winners may differ in their actions and means, but all share a true passion for nature and a will to utilize this passion to help others. For example, Joro Walker, the first place winner in the US last year, has been protecting the significant ecosystems of Utah’s Canyon Country since 1998. Her goal is to safeguard southern Utah’s most important and unspoiled native ecosystems from the spread of invasive exotic weeds and from damaging activities degrading water quality, crushing living soil crusts, and inducing erosion.

The $15,000 prize purse is divided between the winners with the first place receiving $7,000, second place $5,000 and third place $3,000 for their respective projects. The first place winner also competes with winners from other participating countries around the world for the chance to win an additional 10,000 euros for her project during a special ceremony held on International Woman’s Day, in Paris, France.

The Yves Rocher Foundation is calling on all media outlets to promote the contest and encourage women to submit their entries. Applications can be downloaded at:         http://www.yves-rocher-fondation.org/UK/index.html.

The application deadline is October 31, 2006.

About the Women of the Earth Contest:

The contest was created by the Yves Rocher Foundation in 2001 to recognize women who act on behalf of nature and humankind. Today, the contest is held in Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Russia, Poland, and the United States. Every year the Foundation launches the contest in new countries. The goal is to create a global competition that will recognize and celebrate the conservation efforts of women world-wide.

For more information on the Women of the Earth Awards, please contact:

Elizabeth Sbaglia, Yves Rocher North America Inc

450-442-9555 x6305

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