The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) is proud to announce Georgia Birkwieser as the winner of the 2020 Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) National Competition. The winning entry titled “Is Quarantine a Blessing?” is a well-written article that leaves you striking up a conversation about climate change and the way forward. Georgia received a brand-new Go Pro HD camera gifted by BREEF to support her future in environmental reporting. She will now represent The Bahamas in the 2021 Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) international competition.
BREEF commends all of the YRE participants for submitting their articles and photos, generating some tough competition. Entries focused on various real-time issues such as food security in The Bahamas, single-use plastics, and pollution.
The YRE Programme aims to empower students aged 11-25 to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about. It gives them a platform to call attention to these issues through writing, photography, or video. There are more than 350,000 young reporters in 45 countries across the world.
Speaking about the BREEF initiative, Allison Longley, National Operator for the Young Reporters for the Environment, said, “YRE is an amazing programme because it allows young people to utilize social media in an impactful way, expressing their concerns about the environment and proposing solutions. YRE teaches our youth how to communicate effectively by utilizing a cutting-edge approach to disseminate news.”
Georgia Birkwieser, Deep Creek Middle School student, shared, “Being a part of the Young Reporters for the Environment has been an amazing experience. This program is an educational and interactive way to introduce students to environmental studies and I’m proud to have been involved in the initial year of its running.”
The launch of the YRE Programme is made possible with the help of a strategic grant from the Global Environment Facility. For more information on YRE and to read the winning entry, please visit, www.breef.org.