Today (June 5th) is World Environment Day, a perfect opportunity to recognize members of the next generation who are doing their part to help out the planet.

In April, we announced the winners of our Canada’s Next Green Journalist competition. All eight winning entries went on to compete in the international Litter Less competition. Sponsored by the Wrigley Foundation and as part of Young Reporters for the Environment – an international program run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) – the Litter Less competition encourages youth from around the world to submit their multimedia solutions for reducing litter.

FEE announced this year’s winners and we’re excited to say that seven Canadian youth are receiving awards this year – Canada’s best showing to date! Here are the winning entries:


1st place

Gaganbir Dhugga (Brampton, ON)

Grade: 8

School: Sunny View Middle School

Age category: 11-14

Prize: $1000 and $500 for her school

3rd place

Connie Le (Woodbridge, ON)

Grade: 12

School: Father Bressani Catholic Secondary

Age category: 15-18

Prize: $500 and $500 for her school


1st place

Aian Binlayo (Mississauga, ON)

2nd year university

School: Harvard University

Age category: 19-21

Prize: $1000 and $500 for his school


1st place

Jane Hu and Camila Lau (Scarborough, ON)

Grade: 8

School: St. Henry Catholic School

Age Category 11-14

Prize: $1000 and $500 for their school

2nd place

Krista Ariello and Hanna Begovic (Vaughan, ON)

Grade: 10

School: Emily Carr Secondary School

Age Category: 15-18

Prize: $750 and $500 for their school

In addition to their prizes, the international winners will also be invited to an international reporting mission this fall in Portugal.

Want to get involved with Canada’s Next Green Journalist? The 2015 Canada’s Next Green Journalist competition will be launched in fall 2014. Now is the perfect time to get started on your submission! Visit for more details. Also, check out our current challenge with My Clean City for another chance to win.