The Government is searching for young environmentalists in the West Midlands to act as climate change champions.

One youngster will be picked from the region to become one of nine champions from across the country to act as the voices of climate change in their area.

They will spend a year in office, helping to spread the word about climate change to their communities through local activities.

They will also have a number of engagements throughout the year, including a fact-finding tour to Switzerland to witness the effects of climate change at the Gurschen glacier.

The nine champions will also have the opportunity to meet a senior Government Minister to discuss climate change in the UK and to put forward their ideas on how to communicate information about the issue.

The West Midlands region produces ten per cent of all the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists have warned that without concerted action to reduce the potential for climate change, people living in the region face an increased chance of flooding.

The search for nine champions is part of the Government's three-year Climate Change Communications initiative.

Entrants, aged between 10 and 18, will be required to submit their own communication about climate change together with why they believe they should be selected as a champion to Defra. The deadline for entries is March 31. ..SUPL: