Scot Comes Second in International Reporting Competition

Scot comes second in international environmental reporting competition.

Scottish outdoor enthusiast Ross Brannigan has come second place in his age category in the Young Reporters for the Environment international awards.

Ross, Engagement Officer at the John Muir Trust and previously Keep Scotland Beautiful Intern, snagged second place in the 19-25 category with his article titled ‘A Step Into the Unknown’. The article explores the detrimental effects of climate change on Scotland’s landscape and the implications for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

Dissecting the long-term impact of seemingly small environmental shifts, he paints a clear picture of the changes that are already occurring in our climate, including melting snow-covered peaks and rising sea levels.

Ross’ entry was submitted to the international awards following his success in the Young Reporters Scotland competition earlier this year as Overall Winner for his age range.

Young Reporters for the Environment competition gives young people aged 11-25, in 42 countries worldwide, a platform to promote and engage with environmental issues. Young people are encouraged to structure their final piece around global environmental issues using the framework of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Their responses can range from investigative reporting, to photography and video journalism.

Ross’ article, which has also been published on the John Muir Trust website, primarily explored Goal 15: Life on Land which encourages sustainable land management and preservation of biodiversity.

He said: “I’m delighted to have had the chance to talk about the issues I cover in my article to an international audience.

“I’ve always loved Scotland’s mountains, but as the climate crisis came more to the fore of my mind, I wondered - How could this change? Do people know how a global issue like climate change could affect the places they love? That’s why I wrote it.”


“I hope I did the issue justice and wrote it in a way that resonates with people who enjoy the outdoors. We all have a part to play in tackling climate change and education is just the start of that.”


Young Reporters Scotland empowers Scottish young people to voice their opinions on, and raise awareness of, sustainability and environmental issues through creativity and journalism. Find out more about Young Reporters and how to take part.



09 July 2019

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