Earth Day journalism contest for teens

Every year, Earth Day asks Canadians to think about the health of our planet. In the lead up to Earth Day this year, Environmental Defence’s Young Reporters for the Environment program is asking young people to think about environmental issues in their community and look for a solution through a national journalism contest called Canada’s Next Green Journalist.

The contest, open to youth aged 12 to 18, is an opportunity for young people to contribute an article, photo or video about environmental issues that matter to them.

“Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s politicians, activists, and journalists,” said Sarah Winterton, Young Reporters for the Environment spokesperson. “No matter what they end up doing for a living, how they will vote, act, and buy will have an impact on their environment. We want them to start thinking about that now.”

Hundreds of young people from at least 15 countries participate in contests run by Young Reporters for the Environment.

Canadian submissions will be eligible to appear in an international publication, and win other prizes such as a digital camera, pocket camcorder or laptop and cash for their school.

The contest offers participants a website (www.youngreporters.ca) where they can download handbooks full of writing, filmmaking and photography tips and engage directly with writing, photography and film experts.

Young people can submit their stories, photos, and videos until April 30, 2011. A panel of judges will choose the top eight submissions to represent Canada in the international Young Reporters competition.

The Canadian winners will be announced in May.  The global winners will be announced in June.

Canada’s Next Green Journalist contest and submission details can be found at www.youngreporters.ca.

Environmental Defence is a Canadian environmental action organization. They strive to challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all. www.environmentaldefence.ca