Contributed – Nanaimo News Bulletin

If you’re between the ages of 12 and 21 years old and have something to say about saving the planet, there’s a contest that can help you get started on a career in environmental journalism.
This Earth Day (April 22), Canadian youth are asked to think about the health of the planet with some friendly competition through the national journalism contest Canada’s Next Green Journalist.

Hosted by Environmental Defence, through its Young Reporters for the Environment program, the contest is an opportunity for young people to publish an article, video or photo on environmental issues and solutions in their community that matter to them.
“Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s politicians, activists and journalists,” said Stephanie Kohls, Young Reporters for the Environment spokeswoman. “No matter what they end up doing for a living, how they will vote, act and buy will have an impact on their environment. We want them to start thinking about that now.”
Canadian submissions are eligible to appear in Environmental Defence publications, and participants can win other prizes such as a digital camera, pocket camcorder or laptop and cash for their school.
Anyone interested can visit www.youngreporters.ca where writing, filmmaking and photography tips from experts can be downloaded. The site also offers complete submission details.
Stories, photos and videos must be submitted by April 30. Canadian winners will be announced in May while global winners will be announced in June.