On September 27th, 2016, the Environmental Youth Ambassadors (EYA) organized the EYA Challenge ceremony to showcase winning submissions and encourage wider engagement and discussion on environmental protection. Announced in July 2016, the EYA Challenge was an environmental journalism competition aimed to engage Agadir’s youth in advocacy about environmental challenges and solutions in their communities.
The event started with a general overview of the Environmental Youth Ambassadors (EYA) activities since May 2016 (Water School, film screening, cleaning campaign, blogging & social media). Subsequently, the EYA Challenge competition was introduced to the audience before screening the EYA short film “Being Part of Nature”. Afterward, EYA Abdelhaq talked about the 2016-2017 RISE Future Environmental Leaders program and the upcoming Conference of Youth (COY12), to take place in parallel with COP22 from November 3-5, 2016. Audience members were invited to apply to both of these opportunities.
Later, competition winners were announced and given the chance to describe their submissions. The winning submissions included an article in Arabic entitled “بيئتنا كنزنا” (Our Environment Is Our Treasure) written by Khadija Amahal, an undergraduate English major at Ibn Zohr University, and an inspiring cartoon produced by Abdellah Boutarâmat, a fourth-year Business student at the Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion (ENCG).
Congratulations to the winners! We will be publishing their work soon on our blog. Thank you to all of the participants who took the initiative to join the challenge, and advocate for the environment through journalism. Your work is starting important conversations and making a real difference in our community.