Toronto, ON – This Earth Day, Canadian youth are being asked to think about the health of our planet with some friendly competition. Environmental Defence’s Young Reporters for the Environment program is seeking youth journalists to report on environmental issues and solutions in their community, through a national journalism competition called Canada’s Next Green Journalist. The contest, open to youth aged 12 to 21, is an opportunity for young people to contribute on environmental issues that matter to them.
“Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s politicians, activists, and journalists,” said Stephanie Kohls, Young Reporters for the Environment spokesperson. “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.”
Thousands of young people from at least 15 countries participate in contests run by Young Reporters for the Environment. Canadian submissions will be eligible to appear in Environmental Defence publications, and win other prizes such as a digital camera, pocket camcorder or laptop and cash for their school.
The contest offers participants a website ( where they can download handbooks full of writing, filmmaking and photography tips and engage directly with writing, photography and film experts.
Young people can submit their stories, photos, and videos until April 30, 2012. A panel of judges will choose the top three submissions in each age group (12-17 and 18-21) to represent Canada in the international Young Reporters competition. The Canadian winners will be announced in May. The global winners will be announced in June. Canada’s Next Green Journalist contest and submission details can be found at
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For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell),