For Immediate Release:  March 21, 2011
Young Canadians Gear Up for Earth Day with Journalism Contest
Canada’s Next Green Journalist gives young people the opportunity to publish an article, video or photo about their environment and community
Toronto, ON – 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.
Sears is the proud sponsor of Canada’s Next Green Journalist contest.  Since its beginning in 1953, Sears has always believed in giving back to the communities they serve. Sears Canada is focused on helping young Canadians reach their full potential by supporting local initiatives that contribute positively to their healthy development. For more information about Sear’s community programs, please visit: sears.ca

About Environmental Defence (www.environmentaldefence.ca): We are Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
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For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)