This Wednesday, Oct. 29, Thornhill resident and Richmond Hill Grade 10 student, Max Erenberg, heads to Cascais, Portugal to attend a five-day international event, where he will learn about environmental issues and develop new journalism skills.
Erenberg earned this opportunity through Young Reporters Canada (YRE), a national environmental education program run by Environmental Defence. The competition for youths, aged 11 through 18, involved submitting an article, photograph or video about litter and waster management.
Erenberg won first place in the age 11-14 article category. His submission outlined his solutions to litter problems, which included companies reducting product packaging and raising littering fines.
For his first place win, Ereberg received a laptop, had his submission posted on-line and his Richmond Hill school, Bayview Secondary School, received $500 for an environmental initiative.
This five-day trip to Portugal, lead by the Foundation for Environmental Education, will unite students and teachers from eight different countries. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from various keynote speakers such as government officials and professional journalists. Erenberg is one of 10 Canadian students attending.
“The international reporting mission is an opportunity for youth around the world to come together, exchange ideas, and find creative solutions to an environmental issue that affects everyone — waste,” said Stephanie Kohls from Environmental Defence. “By taking action on environmental protection and using their talents to produce compelling solutions, these students excel as agents of change.”
– Sankavi Naguleswaran…