Canada’s Next Green Journalist gives Canadian youth the opportunity to have their article, photo or video about litter published
Toronto, ON – This school year, Environmental Defence is asking Canada’s youth to think about environmental issues in their community and look for a solution through a journalism competition called Canada’s Next Green Journalist.  The contest, open to youth aged 11 – 14, 15 – 18 and 19 – 21, is an opportunity for young people to contribute an article, photo or video about an environmental issue that affects us all: litter.
 
“How we are impacting our environment today will affect our youth tomorrow,” said Stephanie Kohls from Environmental Defence Canada. “Through Canada’s Next Green Journalist, we are encouraging Canadian youth to think about litter – a local environmental issue – and what they, and their friends and family, can do to make a difference.”
 
The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2013. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges. The winners will be announced in April in time for Earth Day.
 
Winners will have their submission published online, as well as winning other prizes, an opportunity to compete internationally in the Young Reporters for the Environment international competition, and an all-expense trip to report on an environmental education mission. Every year, hundreds of young people from 28 countries participate in the program.
 
One of last year’s winners, Becca Williams, from Unionville ON, created a short video about veganism and how it’s an environmentally-friendly lifestyle choice. Her video not only won in Canada, but went on to receive a top award internationally. Williams, along with three other winners, will be departing to Copenhagen, Denmark on October 24 to learn more about environmental issues with other youth from around the world.
 
Interested youth can visit www.youngreporters.ca where they can find out more information, including contest and submission details and writing, videography and photography tips. 
 
ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
 
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For more information, images or interview requests, please contact:
Jen Mayville, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 228; 905-330-0172 (cell), jmayville@environmentaldefence.ca