I am 21 years old and I am from Škofja Loka, where I study at the Faculty for Organizational Sciences. From a young age I have felt a deep connection with the environment so in middle school my passion led me to pursue different projects like responsible food handling and usage of local food, waste separation and recycling. My faculty gave me the opportunity to be a part of the YRE. I hope I can improve my communication skills, broaden my horizons in the field of leadership and networking. I also yearn for the opportunity to meet new people, so we can make global connections and possibly cooperate in global projects in the future. As a first time participant I have positive expectations for this project and I am honored to be chosen as Slovenia's first representative.
Yutong Feng, China Student
I am a junior of School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing University. Participating in YRE initiated me into environmental preservation. Recently, I became a volunteer of Nanjing River Protection environmental program, monitoring water quality twice a month. My major expectation to the conference is to get innovative ideas about designing environmental education programs, including purposes, activities, materials and communication. Another aspiration is to learn from other outstanding reporters and volunteers about how to overcome the adversity when they devoting themselves to their careers.
Saga Oskarson Kindstrand, Sweden
I have been involved in many organizations and campaigns around environmental and humanitarian issues and have become confident in my ability to contribute productively to advocacy around complex issues. I was invited to be a part of the YRE-jury in Sweden last year. It was an honor and through that mission I got to know all about YRE. I have high hopes that this conference will give me the tools I need for future writing and will teach me the steps I need to take to reach my goals. I also hope to meet likeminded people from around the world to share their experiences and insights around the subject.
Samantha Dorfan, USA Student
I am a Senior in high school at the San Diego Jewish Academy and was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. After living in a minimally environmentally conscious place, I seek not only to inspire others to love the earth as much as I do, but to give that which cannot talk a voice. I am a member of the Keep America Beautiful Youth Advisory Council, which inspired me to become the founder and president of the Eco Club at my school. I don’t have any prior experience with YRE but am so excited to get involved! At the YRE conference, I expect to network with other people who are as passionate as I am about journalism and the environment. I plan to learn both from these conference attendees and from the speakers in order to become a more adept journalist and advocate for the environment.
Sara Luciana da Silva Cascais, Portugal Student
I have been a Young Reporter for the Environment for four years and I can see this experience as a way to learn but also to share knowledge, to enrich ourselves and to build the feeling of being responsible for something that belongs to everyone: the Planet Earth. I had the opportunity to make part of several YRE missions and workshops. My expectations are really high as I feel that it will be a perfect moment to share ideas, to learn and to improve the way we practice our social and environmental responsabilities. Together as a group we can start an action, develop a plan and make the future of tomorrow a more sustainable one.
Tal Maymon, Israel Soldier
I come from Israel and i am 20 years old. Since third grade I am part of the youth movement "Maccabi tzahir" where I worked with at risk students and I was instructor team coordinator for the branch in the city. In high school I studied ecology and I participated in the YRE competition in 2015, I won the first place in Israel and the third in the world. As a result of my winning I participated in a workshop of YRE in Portugal. Today I am a soldier in the Israeli forces at the Education Corps, which deals with environmental issues and education. I expect the conference to be interesting, modernistic and exciting. I hope that every day would be used to the end and that every day would end with a smile and a sense of satisfaction.
Teodora Saulea, Romania Student
I am 22 years old and I am a law student in Cluj - Napoca, Romania. I would describe myself as an open-minded person before anything else. I always find myself looking for opportunities to learn not only about myself and other people, but also about the world. In 2013 my article for the Litter Less Campaign and won the first place in the 15-18 age category In 2014 I participated at the International Workshop for Litter Less winners which took place in Sweden. I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity! I want to find out more about the development in the field of environmental protection. I would also be very happy to see that interest in the environment has increased.
Vinh Le, Canada Creative Director & Environmental Designer
I am the Creative Director & Partner at Level Studio Inc., an Interior Design firm in Toronto. I can proudly say that I am a creative designer who wears multiple hats having a keen interest and passion for interior design, urban planning and creating environmentally friendly spaces. Being a YRE Alumni has been an important catalyst that inspires my passion for sustainable methodologies that shape my vision for an environmentally friendly world. My expectation in this conference is to learn what the prosperous countries are doing to help solve climate change and practice their own environmental initiatives. I hope to meet many others like-minded individuals to seek knowledge and create an international network of eco-friends.
Wesley Poh, Singapore Student
I will be attending law school this year. Understanding the framework that undergirds our society brings me one step closer to knowing how to bring about the environmentally sustainable change I want to see in the world! Some topics that I am especially passionate about include ethical consumerism, global environmental justice and the creation of sustainable communities through smart urban planning. I would really love to connect with like-minded individuals at the conference, using our different backgrounds and experiences to empower and learn from one another. Finally, I am excited to find out more about what experts think our environmentally sustainable future is going to be like, and what we can and must do to reach that goal.
The Global Forest Fund
This non-profit fund invests 90% of its income directly in tree planting and other CO2 compensation efforts.