Litter Less Campaign: I don´t belong here

YRE Competition 2017
Litter Less Campaign
First place winner
Category: 11-14 years old

I’ve been surfing for two years and the feeling is incredible! The control of the waves, the contact with nature in its purest and wildest state. Besides surfing I like to photograph nature . I worry about the remains of fishing nets as well as the uncontrolled capture of octopuses and mussels.

At school, in one of the awareness sessions of Eco-Schools, we were told about the problem of marine litter. It made me wonder if my beach would be at risk, and I decided to explore.

These photographs were taken on the beach where I usually go surfing and although they are real garbage sculptures, most of all they are rubbish on a beach. Later I returned to the beach and the sculptures disappeared…to the sea…

The sea is mine, is yours, it belongs to EVERYONE! The conservation must be our priority, OUR WAVE!

Author: Francisco Gomes (Portugal)

Wounds in the landscape

YRE Competition 2017
First place winner (as a journalistic photo)
Category: 19-21 years old

“This marble quarry is located in Estremoz. In this region, marbles are located in an anticline, a fold that is convex up and has its oldest beds at its core. In global terms, the collision of the two continental blocks gave way to a new great continent named “Pangea”. The carbonate raw materials located in the surface were buried to a maximum depth of 5 km, thus giving rise to the marble of Extremoz. The marble quarry is currently exploited for civil construction and ornamental use. Moreover, this rocks are mined for several years using open pit methods, which has a significant impact not only in what concerns the environment and landscape, but also in the Portuguese exports. The heaps are storage without special concerns, which means that there’s a real risk of soil and groundwater contamination. This situation has a great influence on the permeability of the soil, uptake of nutrients and, therefore, the fertility of the soil. Thus, grazing cover is destroyed and cork oak forests,which occupies a predominant place in the region, are undermined”.

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Bibliography:

Lopes, L. O Triangulo do mármore. Évora.

Oliveira, J. T. (2013). Geologia da região de Estremoz.

Rodriguez, C. F., & Azpiroz, M. D. Geología de la Zona de Ossa Morena (Huelva).

 

Author: Frederico Santos (Portugal)

Doksasmeni Lake

YRE Competition 2017
First place winner (as a YRE journalistic photo)
Category: 15-18 years old

The forest of Galata is mesmerising during Winter when caramel leaves start to fall. The picture is presented upside down, as the water reflect the beautiful colours of the sunset making the lake look like the sky, thus creating an illusion!

Doksasmeni lake is mainly used for agricultural purposes such as watering. Due to climate change the total rainfall in Cyprus has been reduced tremendously in the past years, thus man made, concrete lakes had to be built.

 

Author: Nicholas Mouros (Cyprus)

Heritage?

YRE Competition 2017
First place winner (as a YRE journalistic photo)
Category: 11-14 years old

The nickel smelter in Sereď was once the pride of Czechoslovakia. What is left for now are just millions of tons of sludge - waste from the nickel production. Already my great grandfather, then my grandfather and my dad looked at it, and now we still look at it. Will our grandchildren have to look at this cairn of unhappiness, too? Is this the kind of thing we want to leave behind?

Author: Eva Mančíková (Slovakia)

For a brighter future

YRE Competition 2017
First place winner (as a YRE campaign photo)
Category: 15-18 years old

We’re in a critical situation. Time to face reality. The dream of a healthy world’s beginning to fade. Do you remember what we’re fighting for? Will our children understand the meaning of a healthy, green world?

After nine uses, glass defeats plastic containers in the battle of low carbon emissions. After 200 uses, the overall emissions attributed to glass are 500 grams of carbon dioxide. The same number of plastic containers use 3,000 grams, which contribute to the greenhouse effect. The world’s greatest environmental threat.

Ninety percent of the raw materials needed to make glass can be substituted with broken glass. Only a small portion of plastic materials can be recycled. The rest are various fillers, which go to waste.

Are you aware of the world we live in? You’re the consumer. You consume every day. It’s time to look beyond the problem, ensure that there’s a solution. Reuse. Recycle.

 

Sources:

“Climate-smart choices of beverage containers”, Stockholm County Council, 2016 http://www.sll.se/Global/Om%20landstinget/Miljo/Klimatsmarta-val-dryckesbagare.pdf Accessed: 2017-01-26

“Recycling”, Stockholm Regional Waste Council, 2007-07-18 http://www.atervinningscentralen.se/web/page.aspx?refid=180Accessed: 2017-01-26

 

Authors: Astrid Aronsson and Linnéa Gren, age 17, Lars Kaggskolan, Natural Sciences Program, Class NA15E, Sweden

The goat liked it

YRE Competition 2017
First place winner (as a YRE journalistic photo)
Category: 11-14 years old

Waste and animals

Nowadays, there are more and more people who do not dispose waste in the appropriate places. The real problem is the lack of these places trash bins, containers, landfills). For this reason, animals and plants get in contact with the waste, which has a harmful effect on them and their health. This may cause suffocation and poisoning to animals.

Dispose waste in appropriate places! Protect animals!

Author:Andrija Babović (Primary school „Milorad Musa Burzan“, Podgorica) (Montenegro)

"I live today hoping for a better tomorrow"

YRE Competition 2016
First place winner
Category: Photograph 15-18 years old

Our future is crippled by our collective indifference, turning dark and unstable. This picture depicts the consequences of our wicked inclination for ignorance and greed. We need to change this if we want our children to breathe.

 

“Lucian Blaga” High School, Oradea, Bihor, Romania

Age Category: 15-18

Name of Author: Sonia Miheş

Teacher: Ruxandra Gavra

SURPRISING AND UNEXPECTED FINDING

YRE Competition 2016
First place winner
Category: Photograph 11-14 years old

 

April 8, on the day of Coastwatch activity in the Old Beach, near San Pedro de Moel, in the municipality of Marinha Grande, a group of students was faced with a huge “family“ of barnacles attached a small plastic buoy. The fishing gear, amazingly decorated, was the target of some pictures and great curiosity by the participant group, as this crustacean was unknown. to most of his colleagues and leed us to the investigation about these animals.
This crustacean (Pollicipes) differ from the common one, the bluish white color of the five calcareous plates separated by a black coat and the peduncle that appears thinner compared to the common barnacles . This is a crustacean hermaphrodite present in all oceans traveling to the taste of the sea currents and having plastic waste as “boat”…

 

João Pedro Paour Carvalho
Escola Básica Guilherme Stephens

15-18 years old: 1st place winner

“Trash-strewn Earth calls STOP and defends herself…” Can we hear it ?

“Trash-strewn Earth calls STOP and defends herself…” Can we hear it ?

Don’t let plastic bottles “grow” on the fields.

Don’t let plastic bottles “grow” on the fields.

A man covered in foil dies. The nature covered in garbage dies too.

A man covered in foil dies. The nature covered in garbage dies too.

Vandžúrová Silvia, 15 rokov, 1.F Gymnázium Vavrinca Benedikta Nedožerského Prievidza,  Slovensko.

http://www.gympd.sk/skola/fotoarchiv/20142015/2015mladiReporteri/clanok.pdf

http://www.prievidza.sk/spravodajstvo/gymnazisti-skumali-environmentalne-problemy-potom-navrhli-riesenia/