recycling 370 .
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Seventeen-year-old Koren Shayb, who is a junior at the Israel Arts and Science
Academy in Jerusalem, a boarding school for gifted students, won the national
level of the Young Reporters for the Environment contest, which is independently
organized in various countries across the world, and has now advanced to the
international step of the competition.
Young Reporters for the
Environment is a competition in which young participants worldwide produce
articles and videos about burning environmental issues that exist within their
Shayb had submitted a video about a waste mountain
located near her home in Ra’anana.
In the video, she explained that the
waste mountain releases pollutants that then trickle down to ground waters. She
also presented data she collected from surveying residents in Ra’anana, which
revealed that although the majority of people in her city know about the waste
mountain, they are not aware of it’s consequences on the environment.
lot of people are not aware of what happens to their garbage after they throw it
away,” she told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “The environment is something
that always interested me, that’s why I did the video.”
Shayb said it
took her a while to finish the project, between filming and school work, but she
persisted. When choosing a subject, the waste mountain immediately came to her
“From a young age, I often went on top of it, because I like the
view from there,” she said. “It’s also a subject that always worried me. When I
learned all of the information about it, I was a little bit in shock.
invested a lot in this video, so it feels good to be rewarded for it,” she
Shayb’s video has now entered the Young Reporters for the
Environment’s international contest along with winners from about 20 other