For immediate release: October 5, 2016

A national eco-journalism competition asks Canadian youth to share their plastic pollution solution stories

The competition gives 11-18 year-olds the opportunity to have their article, photo or video published by Alternatives Journal magazine.

Toronto, ON – A national eco-journalism competition is challenging Canadian youth to head out into their communities and investigate local solutions to a pressing environmental problem. Hosted by Environmental Defence’s Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Canada program, the theme for this year’s competition is: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution.

“Plastic Pollution is one of the fastest growing problems on the planet, and solutions are needed now more than ever to help stop it,” said Jennifer Mayville with Environmental Defence.  “Through YRE Canada, youth can be a voice for the environment, and they can also encourage their families and peers to get involved and make a difference in their communities.”

The competition is split into two age categories, 11-14 and 15-18. Youth can submit an article, photo, or video about the problem of plastic pollution and their local solutions. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.

Winners will have their submission published by Alternatives Journal magazine and the opportunity to compete in the international Young Reporters for the Environment Competition, hosted by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Every year, the competition receives hundreds of entries from youth from 30 countries. Last year, two Canadian entries received second and third place internationally in their respective categories.

For teachers, the competition can also be used as a teaching tool in classrooms. The program helps students to develop their communication, presentation, team work, critical thinking and leadership skills, while giving them a deeper understanding about environmental issues and social responsibility. It complements a number of elementary and high school course curriculums, including: geography, environmental studies, science, and art and media studies.

Interested teachers and youth can visit youngreporters.ca to find more information on the competition’s rules, submission details, last year’s winners, and writing, videography, photography, and interview tips.

ABOUT YRE CANADA (youngreporters.ca): YRE Canada is a national environmental education program that gives youth the opportunity to be part of the solution by producing creative and engaging environmental journalism. The program is run by Environmental Defence.

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.


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