Photo illustration: Abhayjeet Singh Sachal and Faith Carswell (Seaquam Secondary School, Delta, B.C.)

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 YRE Canada Eco-Journalism Competition for Youth. This year, youth from across the country investigated solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and shared their findings through video, photography, and writing.

YRE Canada is a program that 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 run by Environmental Defence.

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

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

 

First Place Winners

ARTICLE

Ages 11-14

Sophia Schultz, Heritage Christian Online School, Fort Langley, B.C.

Reducing Plastic Pollution Requires Habit Change

Ages 15-18

Ben Waese-Perlman and Liam Kane Meilleur, Bloor Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ont.

A Harmful Cocktail: How Plastic Pollution Hurts Urban Wildlife

VIDEO

Ages 11-14

Wayne Zhang, Daniel Ruttan, and Andrew Cui, Seaquam Seconday School, Delta, B.C.

The Solution

https://youtu.be/XHBnyXeR6Dg

Ages 15-18

Ria Chakraborty and Elin Liu, Bloor Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ont.

Styrofoam and Oceans

https://youtu.be/gI0wrJzZhpM

PHOTO

Ages 11-14

Alexia Giannaris, Don Valley Middle School, Toronto, Ont.

Ages 15-18

Abhayjeet Sachal Singh & Faith Carswell, Seaquam Secondary School, Delta, B.C.

 

Second Place Winners

ARTICLE

Ages 11-14

Aminah Reza, Sir William Gage MS, Brampton, Ont.

Solution To Plastic Pollution

Ages 15-18

Anna Wood and Emily Hunt, St. Ignatius High School, Thunder Bay, Ont.

Small Plastic, Quite Drastic: Microfiber Pollution in the Great Lakes

VIDEO

Ages 11-14

Aly Ezzerlarab, Ajey Thevarajah, and Kelvin Wong, Don Valley Middle School, Toronto, Ont.

Plastic Pollution Project

https://youtu.be/-7y6xEo6EqE

Ages 15-18

Himani Sangamesh, Samia Anwar, and Yusra Chowdhury, Bloor Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ont.

Our Solution to Plastic Pollution

https://youtu.be/qzAtG34QgD0

PHOTO

Ages 11-14

No photo selected

Ages 15-18

Pranav Agnihotri, Dryden Wiebe, and Sarvan Gill, Seaquam Secondary School, Delta, B.C.

 

Third Place Winners

ARTICLE

Ages 11-14

Tajratan Dhillon, Sir William Gage Middle School, Brampton, Ont.

Plastic Waste Reduction

Samriddhi Singh, Seaquam Secondary School, Delta, B.C.

Enviromentally Inclined

Ages 15-18

Mariah Toset, Victoria Zieroth, and Sara Dominelli, St. Ignatius High School, Thunder Bay, Ont.

Dangers of Styrofoams in Schools

VIDEO

Ages 11-14

Emily Gauthier, Taitum Olfert, and Sierra Lamontagne, Seaquam Secondary School, Delta, B.C.

YRE Plastic Bags

https://youtu.be/OwBNKvXj3xI

Ages 15-18

Emily Scocchia and Jillian D’Angelo, St. Ignatius High School, Thunder Bay, Ont.

Plastic Pollution 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehzSyYpjvNo&feature=youtu.be

PHOTO

Ages 11-14

No photo selected

Ages 15-18

Muhammad Huzaifa Wahla, Mushin Khan, and Muhammad Umer Gundhra, Seaquam Secondary School, Delta, B.C.

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