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Young Reporters at the COP 23

This year's UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) is taking place from 6 - 17 November in Bonn, Germany. 

Four Young Reporters were selected to represent the YRE programme at the COP23. They will be working as reporters to cover and report about events and sessions in Bonn Zone at the COP23 venue where side events and high level events are taking place. They will also share their experience through the YRE programme at a mini event on Climate Education at the UNESCO Pavilion on Thursday 16 November at 10:00.  

FEE has signed a partnership agreement with UN Climate Change on this initiative to support the work of Young Reporters at the COP23.

Their work will be presented on the YRE Exposure page from 14 November. The snapshots from the conference will be shared from Monday 13 November on YRE social media platforms: Facebook page, Twitter, Youtube channel and Instagram (@yre_int).

Here are the selected Young Reporters:

Adriána Henčeková, Slovakia

Adka yre.jpg

My name is Adriána Henčeková and I am 18 years old. I live in the Eastern part of Slovakia in a small city Spišská Nová Ves. I am a high school student. I am interested in biology and geography at school. I have been in the programme Young reporters for the Environment for 6 years now. I am focusing mostly on taking photos and writing articles. Thanks to this programme I started to be interested in the environment and writing became my passion.

Allison Gacad, Canada


I am an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia studying nutrition within the context of food security and environmental sustainability. Beyond the classroom, I have a passion for writing that I hope to combine with my analytical skills in the Sciences to support a future career in journalism. My love for our environment stems from exploring Canada’s forests, mountains, and oceans - be it in my hometown, Toronto, or my current city, Vancouver. As a Young Reporter, I am incredibly excited and grateful to bring COP23 to the communities I’ve worked with throughout the years!

Mafalda Gomes, Portugal


My name is Mafalda Gomes and I was recently chosen to be a representative of YRE for the COP23. Just this past month my country was devastated by late season wildfires, one of the many indisputable effects of global warming, making 2017 the deadliest year on record for forest blazes. The future of planet Earth depends entirely on the commitments and sacrifices that we, as humans, are willing to make for the sake of a brighter future for generations to come.  Quoting UN Women Goodwill ambassador Emma Watson:” If not me, who? If not now, when?”

Max Lönn, Sweden


I am very excited to be a part of YRE team at the COP 23. It is amazing that the youth get to participate in such a huge event. I believe that the media has a huge part to play in changing the way the world deals with climate issues, just as politicians and scientists. I am really looking forward to traveling to Bonn and hoping not only to make a difference but also having a great experience to look back upon in the future.


The initiative is partnered with UN Climate Change.


YRE students attending WEEC in Vancouver

YRE students attending WEEC in Vancouver

For the second time, YRE has been given the exciting opportunity of sending students to participate in the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC).

This year, the congress will take place in Vancouver in Canada from the 9th to the 13th of September. YRE will be represented by 13 aspiring students from Turkey and Canada, including three from Seaquam Secondary, two from University of British Columbia, and eight from Izmir Saint Joseph High School.

The students will attend the different sessions, conduct interviews with participants, and write articles about their experiences. Make sure to have a look on Exposure, as we will be uploading the students’ articles here.

For the final plenary session, on the 13th of September, a highly dedicated student from Canada has been selected to be part of the panel discussion. Abnash Bassi is a grade 11 student from Seaquam Secondary in Delta. Through her participation in the YRE programme, she was inspired to become involved in a variety of activities related to education and environment. On the panel, she will be representing YRE internationally and she will also be talking about her personal experiences from the programme. 

With Abnash’s permission, we are sharing the following extract from her application:

“For me, YRE means focusing on spreading environmental awareness, but more so empowering myself and others to explore the capabilities we have in being messengers of change. You see, the power of being a Young Reporter for the Environment lies not in the title, nor the recognition, but in the raw epiphany that it serves as. As a teenager, I consume an endless amount of media. We use the media to learn, understand, and evolve alongside the world around us. However, a great deal of environmental issues are not explored by the media, and when they are, the coverage is often confusing and incomplete. This lack of coverage creates a gaping chasm in society’s understanding and fosters cognitive dissonance or even blind ignorance. It is within this chasm that the seemingly short term challenge of creating a video, composing a photo, or crafting an essay transforms into a long term bridge, a continuum of awareness. We ourselves can cover essential environmental issues - not just as reporters for a media company, or a school newspaper, but as reporters for the environment.”

PRESS RELEASE: Litter Less Campaign Phase III

The Litter Less Campaign: Six years and still going strong


Contact: Gosia Luszczek, International YRE Director
Foundation for Environmental Education
E: gosia@fee.global

September 2017 marks the beginning of Phase III (year 7) of the Litter Less Campaign, a joint initiative of the Wrigley Company Foundation and the Foundation for Environmental Education. The Campaign aims to engage and educate children and young people on the issue of litter and encourage them to make positive choices.

Two phases have been completed over the past six years, and the continued collaboration confirms the importance of the work and the on-going necessity of dealing with issues of litter and encouraging thoughtful behaviour from early on.

The main objectives of the Campaign are to:

  • raise awareness of the effect of litter and waste on the local environment
  • increase knowledge and practical skills in preventing and managing litter and waste
  • improve students’ behaviour and the schools’ waste management treatment
  • report on litter issues
  • encourage collaboration between schools for spreading good practices
  • tackle the issue of litter with active involvement from the local community

The partnership between the Wrigley Company Foundation and FEE already has a history of over six years of very effective collaboration. Phase II of the Litter Less Campaign began in 2014 and since then has been running in 35 countries in schools which engage in two of the FEE programmes - Eco-Schools (ES) and Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE). Over the full period of implementation of the Campaign, since 2011, 1,962,285 students in 3,184 schools from all over the world have been engaged. Such reach suggests that there is undoubtedly an impact on participants’ perceptions, behaviour and opinion leadership. In 2015-2016, a total of 1,356 Community Action Days were held and 240 schools introduced recycling systems.

For a short video about the achievements of the Litter Less Campaign Phase I and II, click here.

The Litter Less Campaign is our organisation’s largest project that embeds a positive and fruitful partnership between the Wrigley Company Foundation as the enabler, and FEE, its members, National Operators and participating schools as the implementers. This strong relationship allows for transparency and flexibility, which is ultimately what ensures the delivery of a fantastic Campaign.

Anne Vela-Wagner, Wrigley Company Foundation Executive Director, notes:
The Wrigley Company Foundation is proud of the positive transformation that has occurred in schools and communities around the world through the Litter Less campaign. Teaching students to be leaders and work to change littering behaviour and improve their communities is the strength of the program”.

The new Phase III will engage schools from 15 countries from both the YRE and Eco-Schools programmes. At the end of the project, we plan to have over half a million of students involved in practical activities related to litter prevention. Our target is to change students’ behaviour and increase understanding and action around litter prevention by an additional 10% of the students we serve.

Daniel Schaffer, CEO of the Foundation for Environmental Education, adds:
“The Litter Less Campaign is a textbook example of how positive collaboration between the corporate world and a respected NGO can realise a shared vision. We highly appreciate the long-term partnership with the Wrigley Company Foundation and we are extremely grateful for the possibility of moving the Litter Less Campaign into Phase III. Their strong commitment and support cannot be taken for granted.”

Participating through the Young Reporters for the Environment Programme:

  • Australia
  • China 
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Malta 
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Spain
  • Wales

Participating through the Eco-Schools Programme:

  • Australia
  • China
  • England
  • India 
  • Ireland 
  • Kenya
  • Mexico 
  • Northern Ireland
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • Spain 
  • Wales

About the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)

With members in 76 countries around the world, FEE’s programmes represent the cutting edge in Education for Sustainable Development and Environmental Education. It is the vision of the Foundation for Environmental Education that its programmes empower people everywhere to live sustainably and in an environmentally conscious manner.

About the Wrigley Company Foundation

The Wrigley Company Foundation has awarded more than $70 million USD since its establishment in 1987. With a focus on oral health, the environment, particularly education for litter prevention, and improving Wrigley’s site and sourcing communities, it works to build brighter futures around the world.

About Wrigley

Wrigley is a recognized leader in confections with a wide range of product offerings including gum, mints, hard and chewy candies, and lollipops. Wrigley's world-famous brands – including Extra®, Orbit®, Doublemint®, and 5™ chewing gums, as well as confectionery brands Skittles®, Starburst®, Altoids® and Life Savers® – create simple pleasures for consumers every day. With operations across 50 countries and distribution in more than 180 countries, Wrigley's brands bring smiles to faces around the globe. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, employs approximately 15,000 associates globally, and operates as a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated.
Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 85,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

Result - YRE Short Video Competition

Result - YRE Short Video Competition

YRE International opened a Short Video Competition during the Global Action Days in November 2016 and in April 2017. 

We received a number of great entries from enthusiastic Young Reporters from around the world. We want to thank all the participants for their great work and the engagement on the YRE programme. We hope that you will be pursuing your ambition and keeping up with your great work. 

After much deliberation, we chose Rúben de Matos from Portugal as the winner of the competition. Congratulation to Rúben! 

We would also like to give special mentions to the following participants for their outstanding work.  

We were very happy to see some entries from old Young Reporters from more than a decade ago. Thank you again for your contribution!

It is NOM time again!

This year’s Young Reporters for the Environment National Operators Meeting (NOM) is taking place in Guimarães, Portugal from 16-18 February.

The meeting will be hosted by Associação Bandeira Azul da Europa (ABAE), FEE member organisation in Portugal. Thanks to their great work and the warm hospitality of the city of Guimarães, everything is in place and we are looking forward to another exciting NOM again this year.

It will be the biggest YRE NOM yet, with over 30 National Operators from 30 countries. We will also have guest speakers who will give us inspirational talks on various topics related to the programme. We will, of course, have our Young Reporters too who will report on the meeting and showcase their activities and skills.

We have received some messages from our participants.

“Keep New Zealand Beautiful joined YRE because we believe that young people can make a huge positive change by inspiring our leaders to provide a clean, green environment for future generations.  I’m looking forward to meeting all the National Operators so that we may share both the successes and challenges faced in each of our respective countries.  As a newoperator I am hoping to learn as much as I can and then bring that knowledge back to New Zealand to build an even bigger and better YRE programme.”
Christine, National Operator in New Zealand

“I’m really looking forward to this year’s NOM.  It’s always great to meet other National Operators, share ideas and be inspired. I’m also looking forward to discussions about how to develop theprogramme and how to relate to the SDGs.”
Pia, National Operator in Sweden

“This will be the biggest YRE NOM ever and I am looking forward to meeting all the National Operators! It is really nice to see how the programme itself is growing and I think we should be more than proud about that. It will also be a very important NOM as per future development discussions of the programme. Last but not least, it will be also very important to exchange ideas and models about how to run the programme nationally. Let’s run YRE even more efficiently! I am already excited, and you?”
Boris, FEE Board member for YRE


We are looking forward to seeing everyone in a few days!

YRE exposure at the COP 22

This year's Climate Change Conference (COP22) took place in Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016.

YRE had a successful presentation at the COP 22, thanks to the great initiative shown by our Moroccan FEE/YRE member organisation, the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental protection.  

One of the highlights was that two YRE students presented "the Voice of Youth", a recommendation of actions towards combatting Climate Change, in front of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC secretary Executive, Irina Bokova UNESCO General Director, and the minister of education of Morocco. 

Mariame Mouhoub, YRE Student from Marrakech also presented a statement on the youth future in front of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI and Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, which was another key moment for the programme. 


Hands on work by Young Reporters

  Left: Filipa Murta / Right: Joana Pedro

Left: Filipa Murta / Right: Joana Pedro

At the COP 22, we had two Young Reporters from Portugal, Joana Pedro and Filipa Murta, covering the sessions and events. They have produced articles and videos on the COP 22 and they are posted on the YRE Exposure page. 

"Accepting the challenge of going to Marrakesh in Morocco and having the mission to go to COP 22 to prepare journalistic material was undoubtedly very gratifying and enriching. It was very interesting to notice the multicultural presence at the COP 22, there were people from all over the world and mobilized by the same hope for the sustainability, a better world in which we can live. Observing the courage and hope of the representatives changed my perspective. I left Morocco with other horizons and new visions about the world. For me the most interesting and powerful moment was the workshop that we had together with Young Reporters from Morocco and also from Africa. In addition to environmental knowledge, I learned how a country can be so different from ours. An experience to repeat ..."

Filipa Murta


"Being at the COP22 as an YRE was an absolutely amazing and memorable experience. Despite being a little lost at first, we started exploring the COP venue and Marrakech itself and we felt at home almost instantly. In a few days I was able to encounter several people from different countries, also interested in climate issues, and understand how a conference of this magnitude works.  Concluding, the opportunity of being involved in the COP made me outgrow and surpass myself, forcing me to practice new skills and adapt to the odd environment around me. Being at the COP is all an YRE can ask for."

Joana Pedro

Get on board!! - YRE Global Action Days

The Global Action Days is a call for all students and teachers around the world to be active and share their actions on being more sustainable in our modern world. Become inspired and be part of the change this world needs!

The period for the Global Action Days 2016 is from 7 to 13 November. 


Learn more about YRE Global Action Days


Share your actions and stories on our Global Action Days Facebook page where you can also read about great stories from all around the world. 


YRE short video competition

YRE International is organising a short video competition for all the current and previous participants of YRE programme. Read more about the competition from below! 

YRE short video competition


Internship opportunity for the YRE programme


YRE International is looking for an intern who will work with us on research and programme development for the YRE programme from this autumn. 

The call is open for students or graduate students with background in pedagogical education, communication, environmental study, or policy studies. It is an offer for unpaid internship.

Read more about the opportunity

If you have any inquiry regarding the call, please contact us at any time. 

We are looking forward to hearing from you! 

YRE International Jury and Competition Winners 2016

The Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) International Jury meeting for the 2016 Competition successfully took place on 26 May at the Foundation for Environmental Education Head Office in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 YRE International Jury 2016

YRE International Jury 2016

The Jury was composed by stakeholders in the fields of environmental journalism and Education for Sustainable Development. The members, as of May 2016, are Christopher Slaney, freelance journalist, Mari Nishimura, Associate Programme Officer, UNEP, Julie Saito, Programme Specialist of Communication, UNESCO, Clemens Bomsdorf, journalist and correspondent for the Nordic countries, Torvald Jacobsson, Founding Director of TheGoals.org, Amine Ahlafi, FEE Board of Directors member, responsible for YRE, and Anne Vela-Wagner, Executive Director of the Wrigley Company Foundation. You can find more information on their profiles here

The Jury went through and discussed the top national entries in the media categories of articles, photographs and videos, across the age categories 11-14, 15-18, 19-21, as well as the new category; International Collaboration. The Jury then decided on this year's YRE International Competition winners, who will be shortly receiving prizes and distinctions for their entries. All entries can be found on the competition's Exposure page.

Here is a general comment from the Jury members; 

The members of YRE International Jury appreciated this year’s submissions for the YRE International Competition. The Jury members are especially impressed with the quality of submissions in younger age categories. Some of the submissions from younger age categories are well-made in terms of composition, structure, and technics. The Jury members also appreciated the submissions for the new category; International Collaboration. The Jury members hope to see more of this collaboration between students and youths in different countries.

The each first place winner will receive a prize of a laptop, camera or video camera according to the media category. The winning entries will also be published on Huffington Post kids as a prize. 

The winners for 2016 are:


11-14 years old

1st Place
Title: Not to bee put aside
Author: Lovisa Kjell, Hildur Eriksson (Sweden)
"A very interesting approach. It is a wonderful piece with a great cover photo and a good ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) story. "

2nd Place
Title: Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Plastic Pollution Near and Far
Author: Sarah Goodstadt (Canada)

2nd Place
Title: Save Ksar El Kebir Gardens!
Author: Khadija Soussi, Omar El Bakri, Ghizlan Lanaya, Fatima Boudich, Khaoula Loumi and Zakaria Saydi (Morocco)

15-18 years old

1st Place
Title: Green Roofs – A new life to city’s monotony
Author: Angelina Grom’yak, Maria Cruz, Diogo Marques, Rodrigo Mateus, Pedro Barreira, Bárbara Machado (Portugal)
"It is well-researched and well-written with good amount of data."

2nd Place
Title: Coffee Pods - a Modern Trend or an Environmental Risk?
Author: Patrícia Beličková (Slovakia)

3rd Place
Title: Metempsychosis in a dustbin
Author: Marie Pouillaude (France)

19-21 years old

1st Place
Title: Clean water is the source of our lives
Author: Andrijana Arsić (Serbia)
"A good approach to the topic, and it shows the actual engagement. Interested in the implementation of actual actions."

2nd Place
Title: Impact of our railways
Author: Joana Pedro (Portugal)

3rd Place
Title: A Waste paper… a Lost Tree
Author: Ilham Derrez, Haitham Fathi, Ouiam Zeaimi, Wijdane Jouhari, Soukaina El Aouni, Diaeedine Dahmouch (Morocco)


11-14 years old

1st Place
Title: Surprising and unexpected finding
Author: João Pedro Paour Carvalho (Portugal)
"It shows the effort to understand the problem, and the story is good and well-connected to the picture. The picture is beautiful. "

2nd Place
Title: Guilty Conscience
Author: Julia Scerri (Malta)

15-18 years old

1st Place
Title: "I live today hoping for a better tomorrow"
Author: Sonia Miheş (Romania)
"A great photo, horizon at an angle, smoke stack over shoulder, hands in pockets. It is a symbolic and eye-catching picture, and it delivers a strong message."

2nd Place
Title: Returned to sender by the waves!
Author: Kurt Micallef (Malta)

3rd Place
Title: We are Killiing Ourselves
Author: Lukáš Krnčok (Slovakia)

19-21 years old

1st Place
Title: Companionship
Author: Xue Fan (China)
"A nice and strong photo. Eye-catching. "

2nd Place
Title: The Last Call
Author: Ouijdane Chahdi, Mohamed Lwardi (Morocco)

3rd Place
Title: Gardens Bloom Once a Year…
Author: Irina Gavrilova (Kazakhstan)


11-14 years old

1st Place
Title: Energy in water
Author: Ana Daniela Silva, Bruna Silva, Inês Rodrigues (Portugal)
"A great story and well-told. Reporters managed to view the issue objectively, particularly by pointing out what improvements are still lacking, while addressing the environmental benefit of this means of transportation."

2nd Place
Title: “Tale of ant and elephant”

3rd Place
Title: Trees in Nová Dubnica
Author: Mária Jánošíková, Tamara Eliášová, Michal Mazánik (Slovakia)

15-18 years old

1st Place
Title: Bready steady sort in Blaise Pascal High School
Author: Axel Heitz-Retamal, Emma Plisson, Clémence Borgard, Eglantine Meriau, Delphine Millard, Damien Mouveau (France)
"A great story, many different elements but all interconnected. Good approach and it works well. Nice camera work and unique ending which makes this piece original."

2nd Place
Title: Collect Cooking Oil and Make a Difference
Author: Matej Majerský, Patrik Štefík (Slovakia)

3rd Place
Title: Plastic Pollution
Author: Mymoon Bhuiyan (Canada)

3rd Place
Title: One day as an environmental crook
Author: David Norberg, Elias Vernersson, Maja Jonsson, Julia Portin (Sweden)

19-21 years old

 No winners

International Collaboration

Honourable mention
Title: Bicycle: the vehicle for sustainable mentality
Author: Maria Carreira, Sharad Poudel, Martim Teixeira, Rita Costa, Kyriaki Hadjichambi, Katerina Papamiltiadous (Cyprus and Portugal) 
"Good research and arguments from different perspectives are described."


The meeting was concluded by a fruitful conversation on the developments in Young Reporters for the Environment, and how the programme and the competition itself can evolve in the future.

Call for action! Global Action Days 18-24 April

It is once again time for Young Reporters around the world to get your voices heard! 

The Global Action Days is a call for all students and teachers around the world to be active and share their actions on being more sustainable in our modern world. 

WHEN: 18-24 April 2016

Be creative and use your skills to deliver your opinions and thoughts in the best possible way! Please register yourself on Global Action Days website and share your action and stories on our Global Action Days Facebook page

UNESCO recognition of YRE

YRE programme has been recognised by UNESCO Green Citizen project as one of the best practices toward sustainable future, together with all other FEE programmes!

UNESCO 'Green Citizens' aims to show leaders, farmers, workers and the parents of tomorrow how crucial sustainable development is for the future of our societies. It is ultimately a communication platform, which highlights different success stories from around the world.

As part of our partnership with UNESCO, FEE has been asked to provide the Green Citizens project with information on the organisation and its programmes, good practices from National Operators, and information on the awards related to FEE.

Please check out the website for more information!

Young Reporters for the Environment 


Other FEE programmes

Blue Flag, Eco-Schools,  LEAF,  Green Key 

YRE International Competition is on the way!

YRE International competition is open to youth aged 11-21 in countries running the YRE programme. The competition is held annually to recognise the great work being done by motivated Young Reporters around the world. This year, the International Jury meeting will be held on 26 May at Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) Head Office in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Jury consists of representatives from various international organisations. The result will be announced no later than 5 June, and the winners will receive recognition and prizes. 

The Competition includes the winners of the YRE National Competitions. Students participating in the YRE programme in each country have the right to participate in the National Competition. Students that enter and are selected as the national winners are put forward to the International Competition. Please contact the YRE National Operator in your country for more information on YRE National Competition. 


Remember last year?

Our Young Reporters for the Environment National Operators Meeting (NOM) is taking place very soon! This year we are gathering in Glasgow, Scotland on 26-28 February.

The meeting will be hosted by Keep Scotland Beautiful, FEE member organisation in Scotland. Thanks to their great effort, everything is in place and we are looking forward to another fantastic and productive NOM, this year.

National Operators from 22 YRE countries will participate, as well as guests and speakers from various organisations, from various countries. We are also expecting engagement of young people from Scotland, which will be a wonderful addition to our meeting.

We are all excited and really looking forward to seeing you all again for another fruitful NOM!!


Call for participation!!

Young Reporters meet Young Reporter

YRE International is inviting Young Reporters around the world to an online meet-up event for the first time!

This event is going to be organised to mark YRE's new initiative, Global Action Days. The Global Action Days is a call for all students and teachers around the world to be active and share their actions on being more sustainable in our modern world. More information can be found here.

As for the very first guest, we will invite Dr. Ayşe Asatekin, who is a former Young Reporter from 1996 and 1997. She went on a YRE Mission to Rochefort, France in 1996 to see their wastewater treatment system that also serves as a wildlife refuge and to The Reunion in 1997 to learn about microwave energy transfer. She is happy to meet with Young Reporters around the world and speak about her experience through YRE programme.

She studied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, graduated valedictorian. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and pursued post-doctoral research at MIT. Her research has focused on water treatment throughout her career. She co-founded a small company for commercializing new water filters she developed in her Ph.D., called Clean Membranes, currently operating near Boston. She returned to academia and is now an assistant professor at Tufts University in the Medford, MA, USA near Boston. She is excited to talk to her students about the water treatment facility in Reunion that was a bird preserve, and about clean energy sent from the orbit by microwaves. She and her research group are working on developing new membrane technologies for water treatment and energy-efficient chemical manufacturing. She admits that the YRE experience definitely made a big difference in her trajectory.

YRE International will also invite Young Reporters to be interviewers to Ayşe. If you are a Young Reporter interested participating in the event as an interviewer, read the "call for application". 

YRE International is planning to host a series of online meet-up events inviting different guests from YRE network. 

YRE International Competition and a New Category

This year the International YRE Competition has a few significant changes. The criteria of the competition has been revised and we hope that more students will be encouraged to participate and be active on their local level. And for the first time we launch the new Category International Collaboration – Sustainable Production and Consumption (SCP), including Sustainable Lifestyles.

YRE international competition is for winners of YRE National Competition in country running YRE programme. Students who are participating in the YRE programme in each country has a right to participate in the competition. Students have to compete and be selected as national winner to be sent to international competition. 

The competition is open to those aged 11-21 whether participating alone or through their school, college, university or youth group. In order to participate in the international competition, you will need to be selected as 1st-3rd winner in either of media categories (article, photograph, video) in the national competition. You can find out if your country is running YRE programme here, and contact your national delegate organisation for participation.

More information about the competition (criteria, category, etc.) can be found here.

This year we are introducing also a new Category International Collaboration – Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), including Sustainable Lifestyles. This category is open to countries that decide to collaborate   (school classes/individuals), and exchange information to prepare one joint  article that will be submitted to the competition as a joint effort. It is open for students aged 15-18.

More information about the new Category can be found here.

Participants can join YRE at any time of the year but submissions to the international competition must be received by 30 April 2016. National competitions are usually held by the end of March. Countries that cannot run their jury prior to that may submit students' work to the following year’s international competition. Submissions can only be entered once ever and in one age category. Late submissions to the international competition will not be accepted. The international jury will meet in May. Results are announced on, or no later than, World Environment Day, June 5.

Join the YRE network and participate in the International YRE competition!

Great work done by YRE students at WEEC 2015!

Nine passionate Young Reporters participated in the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) 2015 held in Gothenburg, Sweden from 29 June to 2 July. They played an important role at the congress by reporting on sessions and plenaries from their youth perspectives.

Their major task was to take on one or two conference themes and follow the sessions throughout the 4-day congress. The sessions were in style of symposium, round-table discussion, oral presentation, and workshop, and each or a group of students sit in the room and follow the presentations and discussions by the experts around the world, then to present a report or an article on the session. They also covered plenary sessions and moreover, they had a chance to interview Mr. Alexander Leicht from UNESCO on the last day of the congress.

YRE International is grateful for the congress organiser for giving us this wonderful opportunity for the students and aiming to have more chances to have this kind of opportunities at other occasions in the future.  

All their articles and the interview movie are available on YRE International Exposure site. 

World Environmental Education Congress 2015

The Best Young Environmental Journalists have been Announced!

2015 YRE winners have been selected by representatives from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Institute for Industrial and Environmental Economics (IIEEE), Wrigley Company Foundation, International journalist, YRE Student (1996), communications strategist, writer, filmmaker (Longyearbyen Consulting & Media) and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Seven articles, six photographs and eight videos were awarded to young environmental journalists from twenty-four countries.

“If sustainable development is to be a reality, youth will be at the centre of the needed transition. Today’s consumers, tomorrow’s decision makers – youth will define our success.  The YRE winners represent some of these potential change makers. Through their words, photos and videos we see how change can be inspired. Congratulations to the winners and in fact to all entrants.  We need to harness your energy and find more for the challenges ahead!” -  Garrette Clark, Sustainable Lifestyles Cities and Industry Branch, UNEP.

Julie Saito from UNESCO added: “Many of the entries this year stood out in approaches which dig into the familiar theme in drawing attention to environmental issues.”

YRE international competition is open for countries running the YRE programme and the participating students. To begin, students compete at a national level, the winners are then put forward to the international competition. Whether participating as an individual or through a school, college, university or youth group, the competition is open to students ages 11-21.  The YRE programme and competition is run by the Foundation for Environmental Education national member organisations.

Judges at the international level select a winning article (up to 1,000 words), photograph or photographic essay (up to 12 photographs) and video (up to 3 minutes) in each of three age categories (11-14; 15-18; and 19-21). The Jury is at liberty not to award in the case of too few submissions and to give more than one award in the case of exceptional entries in one or more age categories.

3,910 entries were made at a national level from twenty-four countries. From this, the Jury received 120 entries, which were winners on a national level. Thursday 28, the international winners were selected, 43 articles, a photo and 34 videos.

All winners will be awarded a certificate and given a prize of some hi-tech equipment.




  • 1st Place: Polk County: Strangled, Madeline McDonough (USA)
  • 2nd Place: Battery reloaded, BOULEY Florian, BOYEAUX William, CHARPENTIER Alexandre, FARSI Salsabil, GERME Lorie, GOVIN Morgane, JOUBERT Aurélien, KEYHANI Alexandre, LEGLISE Arthur, LOGLISCI Matisse, MANGIONE Maxime, MOKHTARI Amdjed, NOEL Fanny, ROYER Alan, TODESCO Léna, VILO Olivia (France)
  • 3rd Place: The Asian Hornet a threat to our orchards and gardens, Manuel Barros (Portugal)


  • 1st Place: Community gardens, a solution for a healthy and profitable life-style, Maria Patreli (Greece)
  • 2nd Place: Big development projects…big environmental challenges, Marios Daniel, Kyriaki Hadjichambi, Katerina Papamiltiadous (Cyprus)
  • 3rd Place: Boiling the Planet Away! , Sarah Brabham, Alice Holder (Wales)


  • Honourable mention: Solar Panel Irrigation… a promising technique making its way silently, Aicha Oujidi, Oumaima Jaouad, Houda Assahsah, Mohamed Mesbahi, Khaoula Yagoubi, Aziz Zeryouh (Morocco)




  • 1st Place: Your mercy, my Lord!, Kawtar Laâkouss, Ayoub Ouhadou (Morocco)
  • 2nd Place: Our Children´s Classroom?! , Samuel Šlesar, Izabela Žilková, Kristína Ondrášová (Slovakia)
  • Honourable mention: The new role of mankind in natural balance, BUISSON Alexandre, VIDAL Pierick, VON BONSDORFF Felix, HRYC Sebastian, RAMOS-SALADO Raquel, JORDANA Roxane, BASCLE Morgane, MARGANI India, LANGGUTH Elisa, FLEURY Sofia, DRUMOND Nicolas, CUADRADO Chiara, GUTTMANN Sarah, DEHU Ellina, GUZMAN Liliana, TYAN Elena, AHR Elisa, PLOQUIN Charline, GREBIL Eloïse, STINTON Orane, RONSIER Amélie, LASNES Claudine, NILSSON Gustav, PAQUET-MOUGEY Wilfried, DAIAN Yoav (France)


  • 1st Place: Shout For Help, Silvia Vandžúrová (Slovakia)
  • Honourable mention: Wish to see the scenery clearly, Ma Yilin (China)


  • 1st Place: What do we breathe? , Hanae Boudine, Wijdane Naaoui (Morocco)




  • 1st Place: Cats beware of canned food, Ofri Inbar, Geffen Inbar (Israel)
  • 2nd Place: Roubin express, AYE Mathilde, BISVALTER BRENIERE Valentine, DEFRASNE Yann, DESORGUES Laure, LEROY Léa, MAS Alice, PIRO Alexia, ROUSSEAU Paola (France)
  • 3rd Place: Plastic Problems, Elise Zheng, Alexandra Manalo (Canada)


  • 1st Place: All is in your hands, Martins Mozga, Martins Seleckis (Latvia)
  • 2nd Place: Tap's Where It's At!, Mauricio Bustamante, Meztli Cardoso, Shantal Teran (USA)
  • 3rd Place: The Bridge Boutique, Hannah Mittelstaedt (Canada)
  • Honourable mention: City landfill, Tatyana Gubanova (Kazakhstan)


  • Honourable mention: Discovering EVOA, Inês Ouro, Maria Inês Fernandes, Mariana Matos, Whitney Aprel (Portugal)

Awarded submissions can be found here.

YRE Manual for Students & Educators

YRE International is very happy to announce that work on the international YRE Handbook for Students & Educators has been successfully finalised.

The Handbook consists of an introductory section about YRE, a section for students about how to participate in the programme with top tips about writing articles, taking photos, and producing videos. The examples of entries with comments from our expert are included, as well as video tutorials. In the section for educators, information about incorporating the programme to the school curricula, knowledge from YRE countries, and sample activities for YRE methodology are presented. The final section of the Handbook has information about the YRE competition with all rules and the evaluation process.

For Young Reporters for the Environment Handbook for students & educators click here.

Video tutorials:
YRE Photography 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U91Ahk7dXKg
YRE Article 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf-Z8XGAd9c
YRE Video 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTT_TZpeNCw

I would like to say a special thank you to Pedro Marcellino for his work on it and to the YRE students that were involved in the preparation of the video tutorials. Hope you enjoy the material!