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A new competition is encouraging young Australians of all ages to become involved in spreading the word about climate change.

Around the country, students from grade three to university are being asked to design their own artworks and advertising campaigns expressing their views on climate change, as part of the Shout Out For Climate Change competition.

Designed to promote positive climate action, the competition was launched by Minister for Climate Change, Senator Penny Wong, last week, with entries opened on Monday.

"So many young people are inspired to take action and this competition allows them to share their views on how best to tackle climate change," said Senator Wong at the launch.

Primary school students keen to enter are being asked to create an original artwork, poem, photograph or song, while secondary and tertiary students are being asked to design their own 60-second advertisement.

In addition, university students are also being asked to include a media and promotional plan for an entire campaign relating to their advertisement, with the aim of educating Australians about climate change and what they can do to stop it.

This year's competition builds upon the success of last year's Think Climate, Think Change campaign, which gathered over 7,500 entries from primary and secondary schools around Australia.

"Young Australians understand the risks posed by climate change, and they understand that it will be their generation that will feel most strongly the effects of climate change," said Senator Wong in a statement.

Australia is currently the world's highest emitter of carbon dioxide per capita, with temperatures tipped to rise by one degree in the next twenty years.

"Australians want to do their bit in helping to reduce our emissions. This competition will encourage youth to think about ways they can make a difference," said Senator Wong.

A panel of scientists, teachers, advertisers and activists, including environmentalist and regular G columnist Tanya Ha, will judge this year's competition.

The general public will also be able to vote online for their favourite advertisement in the People's Choice category.

Prizes for the lucky winners include Apple MacBook laptops, a mountain bike, iPods, Sony PSPs and book vouchers for school libraries.

Students have until September 10 to finalise their submissions.

To find out more, or to enter, visit www.shoutoutforclimatechange.com.au.