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.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 YRE Canada Eco-Journalism Competition for Youth! Youth from across the country investigated solutions to environmental challenges in their communities (and around the world), and shared their findings through video, photography, and writing.

YRE Canada inspires youth ages 11-18 to seek solutions to environmental issues in their communities and to share their findings through writing, photography, or video. The program is run by Environmental Defence as part of Young Reporters for the Environment, an international program by the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Alternatives Journal (A\J) is honoured to act as a platformand a canvas, in print and online, to share these journalistic first-steps with our international readership - and we are equally honoured to be a partner with Environmental Defence and the YRE program. A\J was founded to support environmental journalism, and the YRE program provides many young Canadians - and friends from around the world - with an opportunity to capture and share stories, images and visuals that convey their perspectives on environmental problems and challenges that exists in their worlds. All news starts local, the old saying goes, and all new storytellers start local, too. We look forward to watching as the Canadian winners take to the global stage as incredible ambassadors for Canada's youth commitment to environmental stewardship and protection.

Take a look at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries below. To view all the winners' contributions, please visit the YRE page on the Environmental Defence website.

 

FIRST PLACE

PHOTO

Ages 11-14

Karman Kapoor, Treeline Public School (Brampton, ON)

 

Ages 15-18

Luckshana Ganeshananda, Emily Carr Secondary School (Vaughan, ON)

VIDEO

Ages 11-14

Gurleen Bhandal, Navreen Sekhon & Soumil WaliaSeaquam Secondary (North Delta, BC)

Ages 15-18

Janelle FengGleneagle Secondary (Coquitlam, BC)

ARTICLE

Ages 11-14

Hamidah Oderinwale, Sir William Gage Middle School (Brampton, ON)

An Unsuspected Miscreant: The Healthcare Industry’s Effect on Plastic Pollution

Ages 15-18

Diane Huang, Gleneagle Secondary School (Coquitlam, BC)

A Bloody Problem Period

 

SECOND PLACE

PHOTO

Ages 11-14

Komal Kainth,Treeline Public School (Brampton, ON)

Ages 15-18

Sidney Shaw, Unionville High School (Markham, ON)

VIDEO

Ages 11-14

Jasmeen Grewal & Karena KularSeaquam Secondary (Delta, BC)

Ages 15-18

Erica Johnston & Lily WhittleBracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Seconday School (Bracebridge, ON)

ARTICLE

Ages 11-14

Arham Ali, Morning Star Middle School (Brampton, ON)

How Food Courts Are Ruining The World 

Ages 15-18

Emmalee Barrett, Seaquam Secondary School (Delta, BC)

Finding Creative and Meaningful Ways to Re-use Plastic Products

 

THIRD PLACE

PHOTO

Ages 11-14

Harguntoj Thind, Treeline Public School (Brampton, ON)

 

Ages 15-18

Angelica Longobardi, Emily Carr Secondary School (Woodbridge, ON)

ARTICLE

Ages 11-14

Kira Patel, Morning Star Middle School (Mississauga, ON)

Lake Ontario meets microplastic

Ages 15-18

Bella Todd, St. John’s College (Brantford, ON)

Be The Solution, Not The Pollution

 

 

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