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Young Reporters for the Environment announced

Pupils in Stirling and North Ayrshire have been announced as the winners of this year’s Young Reporters for the Environment.

The Stirlingshire school’s Emma Mitchell won the video category for 15-18-year-olds and Layton Brown won the written category for 11-14-year-olds.

Primary 7 pupils at Dalry Primary School in North Ayrshire won the video category for 11-14-year-olds with their entry Bin It! 

Young Reporters for the Environment is an environmental journalism programme delivered by environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

The programme gives young people the opportunity to share their thoughts on environmental issues they feel strongly about through writing, photography, and videos.

Emma’s project, Pond Life at Stirling High, showed her surprise at finding such diverse life in the pond at Stirling High despite pulling two bags of plastic rubbish out of it, and how she hopes the pond can be looked after in the future.

It’s Time to Push Public Transport to Electric was Layton’s entry, which talked about the importance of public transport and how making the switch to electric trains and buses would help lessen our impact on the climate.

Pupils from Dalry Primary School explained how they are helping to care for their local environment and the planet as a whole by taking on projects at school like recycling, minimising waste and keeping their playground free of litter.

Catriona Rae, our Education and Learning Officer, said: “On behalf of everyone at Keep Scotland Beautiful I’d like to say a huge congratulations to Emma, Layton and P7 at Dalry Primary School for winning with their brilliant submissions.

“We had some amazing entries from all over the country and voting was extremely difficult with such a great variety of projects to choose from.

“The one constant from all submissions was the passion displayed for the issue each topic addressed as well as the understanding of a need for positive action and I’d like to thank everyone for their excellent entries.”

The winning entries can be viewed in our online gallery.

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19 June 2024

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