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Edward Norton Launches Earth Day Competition

4/17/2012 8:56am EDT

Edward Norton

Actor-turned-activist Edward Norton has launched a new Earth Day contest offering $50,000 to charities which raise the most money for an eco-friendly cause.

The Fight Club star, who is a United Nations Ambassador for Biodiversity, will reward the three campaigns that pull in the most donations for environmental initiatives by May 15th.

He says, "I think it's very clear that figuring out how to live sustainably within the environmental systems that support us is the defining challenge of our era."

"Earth Day is important because it's about waking up more people to that challenge and committing to engage in it ourselves."

The first place winner will receive $25,000, while second and third places will get $15,000 and $10,000 respectively.

Actor Ian Somerhalder's IS Foundation is among the charities which have entered the competition thus far.

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