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).

We are accepting entries for our 2019 National Eco-journalism Competition for Youth until March 29, 2019.

Use the form below to enter.

Learn more about us

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


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.







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.
Abhayjeet Singh Sachal
Pranav Agnihotri, Sarvan Gill, and Dryden Wiebe from Seaquam Secondary School in Delta, BC.

"Through YRE, I have learned that everything I put my mind to can be achieved. YRE has changed my life by teaching me various skills, providing me with a platform, and most importantly, giving me the courage to stand and speak up for what I believe in."

- Kristin Rodrigo, Young Reporter for the Environment

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.

Download PDF

Photographers Handbook

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

Download PDF

Videographers Handbook

Guide to filming like an environmental journalist.

Download PDF


Other Resources

Judging Criteria


Competition poster

Help promote YRE at your school. Download and share our competition poster.

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