Contest: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution

Hey, students (& Teachers)!

(Teachers – we also have free resources to help you incorporate YRE into your lesson plans this year.)

The world has a big plastic pollution problem on its hands. And there’s a creative way for you to be part of the solution.

Environmental Defence’s Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Canada program has just launched its annual eco-journalism competition for youth. The theme for this year’s competition is: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution.

Promo image for Environmental Defence's national eco-journalism competition for youth

For the competition, Canadian youth (ages 11-14 and 15-18) are invited to investigate solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and share what they found through photography, videography, or writing. The deadline for this year’s competition is March 30, 2018.

Winners will be published by Alternatives Journal magazine. First place winners in each category will go on to compete in the International Young Reporters for the Environment Competition, run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Plastic pollution is getting out of control

Plastic pollution on a beach
Photo credit: Cristina Bergman


Plastic pollution is one of the fastest growing problems on the planet. Here’s a quick look at how big this problem really is:

The good news is that there are solutions. So, grab a camera and/or your notebook, and head out into your community and start exploring.

Tips to help you get started

Not sure of how to get started with your story? We can help! We have lots of great free resources on our website to help you craft your plastic pollution stories, including handbooks and instructional videos.

Visit to learn more. And good luck!

P.S. Teachers – we also have free resources to help you incorporate YRE into your lesson plans this year.


One thought on “Contest: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution

  1. Tammy: Awesome! Your links to projects and contests are awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Scott

    Please advise if you see anything re Wastewater, Water Cycle, Sewers, Combined Sewer Overflow, Climate Change (sudden and intense storms that cause brief flooding); Wipes; Baby Wipes; FOG (fats, oils, grease). Thanks. Our focus, at this time, is Fatbergs.

    We even have a Math equation: Wipes + Fats + Oils + Grease = Fatberg. In the sewer system they gather with other sewer items and cause clogs. Two days ago Baltimore Ohio just spent a lot of money to clean up a Fatberg. Britain’s biggest ‘fatberg’ took three weeks to remove – Telegraph › Finance › News by Sector › Utilities


    Aug 6, 2013 – Britain’s biggest ‘fatberg’ took three weeks to remove … The so-called ‘fatberg”, mixed with discarded baby wipes, weighed 15 tonnes and had to be removed after it was found to be … From a rare pair of Gucci shoes, to spending £110,000 releasing an album, Britain’s wealthiest are pulling out all the stops …


    Scott Howe Teacher Woodland Heights

    “All ideas are improvable.” (Scardemalia, 2002)

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    On 17 October 2017 at 09:08, Ontario Teachers’ Blog wrote:

    > Tammy Gaudun posted: “ > competition-invites-canadian-youth-share-local-plastic- > pollution-solutions/ Hey, students (& Teachers)! (Teachers – we also have > free resources to help you incorporate YRE into your lesson pla” >

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