Young environmental reporter wins second place in global competition – The Royal Gazette
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Young environmental reporter wins second place in global competition – The Royal Gazette

Updated: July 10, 2024 07:55 AM

Zoë Mir’s 2024 article, which won first place in the local Young Reporters for the Environment journalism competition, has now won second place in the international Young Reporters for the Environment journalism competition (photo provided)

A former winner of the national award for young environmental reporters took second place in an international journalism competition.

Zoë Mir won the 11-14 age category in the local Young Reporters for the Environment competition and her article was entered into the global competition along with other local category winners this year.

Her winning entry titled Combating biodiversity loss with microforests took second place in the International Journalism Competition for Young Environmental Reporters.

In her article, Zoë shared her personal observations about the significant loss of biodiversity in Bermuda’s natural ecosystem and presented “microforests” as a solution to these problems.

She said: “Journalism is a really powerful tool where you can share the knowledge you gain with the wider community to raise awareness about specific topics.

“It’s something that can be applied to so many different topics in life, anything you want to raise awareness about. It’s made me more aware of the environment and our impact on it, and it’s allowed me to plan for the future.”

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, which organizes the local competition, said the international selection was made by a global committee.

A BUEI spokeswoman said: “Through her personal story of discovery and restoration, Zoë delivers a compelling story of environmental advocacy that inspires other young people to join the campaign for biodiversity.

“Her article continues to highlight Bermuda’s environmental stories on the international stage and is an exemplary continuation of her success in last year’s competition, where her 2023 article was nominated for the No. Plastic pollution on Nonsuch Island, home of the Cahow familyalso won second place at the global level.”

The Young Reporters for the Environment programme offers young people aged 11 to 25 a platform to investigate environmental issues and promote solutions through investigative journalism, photography and video journalism.

This year, the international competition received 248 entries from 46 countries, which is the highest number of entries ever on a global scale.

The local competition also saw a large number of entries in three media categories. Entries were received from seven schools across all age groups.

Four works from Bermuda this year were shortlisted for the international competition in the Article and Photography categories.

The spokeswoman added: “Given the incredible success of this year’s and last year’s competitions, BUEI is very hopeful that more young people will become interested in environmental journalism.

“We look forward to Zoë continuing to play her role as an environmental advocate and global advocate for our island.”

To view Zoë’s winning article and all 2024 national winners, visit www.BUEI.org

Zoë Mir’s 2024 article, which won first place in the local Young Reporters for the Environment journalism competition, has now won second place in the international Young Reporters for the Environment journalism competition (photo provided)