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Calling All Canadian Youth

Be a voice for our Environment:

YRE Canada inspires youth ages 11-18 to seek out solutions to environmental issues in their communities and to share their findings through writing, photography, or video.

It is part of Young Reporters for the Environment – an international program by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

SHARE YOUR STORY

Are you 11-18 years old? Do you have a passion for the environment and enjoy writing articles, taking photos, or making videos? Then this is for you! Every year, YRE Canada’s national competition looks for the best environmental journalism by youth in Canada.

This year’s theme

Your Solution to Plastic Pollution

Show us the best in youth-led environmental journalism for a chance to be published by Alternatives Journal Magazine.

Deadline to enter: March 30, 2018

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The entry period for the 2017 YRE Canada National Eco-Journalism Competition has closed. Our next competition will start during fall 2017. Please check back for more information.

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This short presentation gives you an introduction to Environmental Defence, the YRE Canada program, and this year’s theme: “Your Solution to Plastic Pollution.”

2017 Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

First Place Winners

Ages 15-18

Ria Chakraborty and Elin Liu

Bloor Collegiate Institute
(Toronto, Ont. )

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Wayne Zhang, Daniel Ruttan, and Andrew Cui

Seaquam Seconday School
(Delta, B.C.)

Category: video

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Ages 15-18

Ben Waese-Perlman and Liam Kane Meilleur

Bloor Collegiate Institute
(Toronto, Ont.)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Sophia Schultz

Heritage Christian Online School
(Fort Langley, B.C.)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Abhayjeet Sachal Singh & Faith Carswell

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, B.C. )

Category: photo

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Ages 11-14

Alexia Giannaris

Don Valley Middle School
(Toronto, Ont.)

Category: photo

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

Second Place Winners

Ages 15-18

Anna Wood and Emily Hunt

St. Ignatius High School
(Thunder Bay, Ont.)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Aminah Reza

Sir William Gage MS
(Brampton, Ont.)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Pranav Agnihotri, Dryden Wiebe, and Sarvan Gill

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, B.C. )

Category: photo

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Ages 15-18

Himani Sangamesh, Samia Anwar, and Yusra Chowdhury

Bloor Collegiate Institute
(Toronto, Ont.)

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Aly Ezzerlarab, Ajey Thevarajah, and Kelvin Wong

Don Valley Middle School
(Toronto, Ont.)

Category: video

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 YRE Canada National Competition. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, or writing. Take a look at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries below.

Third Place Winners

Ages 11-14

Samriddhi Singh

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, B.C. )

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Mariah Toset, Victoria Zieroth, and Sara Dominelli

St. Ignatius High School
(Thunder Bay, Ont.)

Category: article

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Ages 11-14

Tajratan Dhillon

Sir William Gage Middle School
(Brampton, Ont.)

Category: article

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Ages 15-18

Muhammad Huzaifa Wahla, Mushin Khan, and Muhammad Umer Gundhra

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, B.C. )

Category: photo

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Ages 15-18

Emily Scocchia and Jillian D’Angelo

St. Ignatius High School
(Thunder Bay, Ont.)

Category: video

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Ages 11-14

Emily Gauthier, Taitum Olfert, and Sierra Lamontagne

Seaquam Secondary School
(Delta, B.C.)

Category: video

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Congratulations to the Canadian entries that placed in the top three in the 2016 international Young Reporters for the Environment competition. This prestigious competition, organized by the Foundation for Environmental Education, receives entries every year from more than 25 countries around the world.

International Winners

Ages 11-14 (Honourable Mention)

Sophia Schultz

Heritage Christian Online School
(Fort Langley, B.C.)

Category: article

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Meet Some Of Our Young Reporters

Some of our Young Reporters share how YRE Canada has inspired them to make a difference for the environment.

Mymoon Bhuiyan and other members of the eco-club from W.A Porter Collegiate in Scarborough, ON.
Blaise Matlock from Bloor Collegiate Institute in Toronto, ON.
Pranav Agnihotri, Sarvan Gill, and Dryden Wiebe from Seaquam Secondary School in Delta, BC.

"I loved YRE because it allowed me to investigate an environmental problem through research and interviews."

- Max Erenberg, Young Reporter for the Environment

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Instructional Videos

Need some help crafting your next big environmental story? These videos and guides give easy-to-follow tips on writing, photography and video.

Writing 101

Photography 101

Videography 101

Young Reporters Handbooks

These tools offer quick tips from experts to help you start practicing writing, taking photos, or filming like a journalist.

Writing Handbook

16 pages of tips on writing about the environment.

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Photographers Handbook

16 pages on how to take great photos of the natural world.

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Videographers Handbook

Guide to filming like an environmental journalist.

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