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This post is part of a collaboration between Climate Tracker and Young Reporters for the Environment. Here we present the winners of the photo competition of 2019.

11-14 years old

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE MARKET

The photo captures the unique way in which some sellers at Miletičova Market have dealt with fruits and vegetables that would have been wasted.

One salesperson put unsold, somewhat unsightly, potatoes in a box and left them on a shelf for people who needed them. In the past she had thrown them into the green waste bin, among rotten bits and pieces and leaves. Other vendors joined her, creating a beautiful link between people who do not meet, but still have a “secret alliance” with each other.

Author: Hana Noščáková. Country: Slovakia

15-18 years old

STOP SUCKING THE LIFE OUT OF OUR OCEANS

Approximately 57 million straws are used by Canadians daily, and where do they end up? In our landfills and oceans. Instead of biodegrading or dissolving, plastic only breaks down into tiny pieces called “micro-plastics” that are ingested by marine life and bio-accumulates down the food chain. In addition, producing plastic emits a large amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

By: Luckshana Ganeshananda, Emily Carr Secondary School, Vaughan, Ontario

Litter Less campaign

11-14 years old

IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP TO THE PROBLEM OF PLASTIC!

400 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide every year. The problem with plastic is that it doesn’t rot. Instead it hangs around in the environment for hundreds of years polluting our land and oceans, killing our wildlife and poisoning our food chains.

The problem is that far too many of us are ignoring the problem!

This photograph is a visual metaphor of how denial and nonchalance are permitting us to “sleep easy” while persistent plastic pollutants are burying our planet alive. This is not a dream…this is reality and it’s time to wake up and face the problem of plastic before it becomes our nightmare!

Author: Josh Kamalarajah, Max Kamalarajah. Country: Northern Irland

15-18 years old

HOME SWEET HOME

This snail’s natural habitat is supposed to be surrounded by plants and other animals and not waste. The overuse of plastics and their careless disposal into our environment is leading to it having extensively infiltrated our food chain and natural spaces. Moreover, animals such as this snail are ending up in the wrong place such as in this case, the plastic bottle, and are eventually left to die.

Author: maria regina college dun manwel attard young adult education resource centre : shaun grech. Country: Malta

19-25 years old

FROM TIMES PAST

Remember those times, the simpler times appearing in our grandmothers stories? When dividing a whole loaf into slices was quite an event, ceremoniously performed around the table right before lunch.

A mere orchard became a heavy-laden cornucopia, brimming with presents no one occured to dump. Times where food was cherished, honored and lovingly crafted.

Free of guilt, free of poison, and of wrappings used just once.

Times almost forgotten.

Times we could have back.

Author: Laura Duarte Navalón. Country: Spain

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