East York Mirror
ByTara Hatherly
Two East York teenagers took top spots in a national media contest, earning them each the title of Canada’s Next Green Journalist.
Seventeen-year-old Lovely Juson won for her article, “Disposable coffee cups; the plastic bags of tomorrow,” while 16-year-old Kristin Rodrigo won first place for her photography. Lovely and Kristin both attend Grade 11 at St. Joseph’s College School.
Along with winning first place in her category, Kristin’s photo, which shows a discarded coffee cup nestled in a tree trunk, also won the competition’s people’s choice award.
Lovely’s article focuses on how much waste disposable coffee cups contribute to Canadian landfills annually, and how people can avoid using the cups.
Canada’s Next Green Journalist, an environmental journalism competition run by Environmental Defence and sponsored by the Wrigley Company Foundation, offers prizes in three categories: ages 11 to 14, 15 to 18, and 19 to 21. Along with articles and photos about litter and waste management, the competition also honours videos.
“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.”
For taking top honours in the competition, Lovely earned a new laptop computer, and $500 to be used for an environmental initiative at her school. Kristin earned a new DSLR camera for winning, along with $500 to also be used for an environmental initiative at her school. For winning the peoples’ choice category, Kristin also scored a $100 Best Buy gift card.
Both young women will now move on to compete internationally, along with six other Canadian youths, at the Young Reporters for the Environment competition, where they could win an international, all-expense paid trip to report on an environmental education mission.
The International Young Reporters for the Environment competition is run by The Foundation for Environmental Education. For more information about the foundation, visit www.fee-international.org/.
The 2014 Canada’s Next Green Journalist contest launches this fall.
For more information, and to see this year’s winning submissions, visit www.youngreporters.ca.
For more information about Environmental Defence, an organization working to inspire and create environmental sustainability throughout Canada since 1984, visit www.environmentaldefence.ca.