Educational activities and resources from WWF

We are happy to share some brand-new educational resources for students and teachers created by WWF. The below text and photos were produced by WWF to inform about Our Planet and the ways that students and teachers can participate and use the educational materials.

Our Planet, Their Future

“Young people are the future of our planet. We must equip them with the information, insight and practical skills to understand the importance of biodiversity - both intrinsically and for the survival of humanity. Educators have a key role to play in preparing young people for the challenges that lie ahead. There can be no greater legacy than giving young people the tools they need to save our planet.” - Sir David Attenborough

WWF’s 2018 Living Planet Report revealed the scale of human impact on our precious natural world. Our Planet, launched on Netflix earlier this month, takes the story further. The eight-part series, voiced by David Attenborough, reveals the natural wonders that remain, and explores what we need to do to ensure a future in which nature and people thrive.

Today’s young people will be the stewards of our planet in the years to come, and the future of all life depends on them gaining the knowledge, skills and passion for nature necessary to transform humanity’s relationship with the natural world and build a more sustainable future. With just 10 years to bring huge changes to lifestyles and business practices worldwide if we are to avoid global environmental collapse, young people will be faced with a turbulent and challenging world as they move into adulthood and make decisions about their own personal and professional futures. Their actions and voices in support of the changes that are needed to save the planet will be pivotal factors in whether the change is achieved in time, and in a positive way for those living through this transition. The School Strike for Climate movement has shown how powerful youth voice and action can be, and how urgently young people feel change is needed. It is vital that young people are given access to the most current information and evidence about the plight of our planet, so that they can direct their energies towards making the changes that will make a positive difference to the future.

WWF has created a range of resources and activities for schools and young people that build on Our Planet and ensure that the important subjects and messages in Our Planet can be accessed by a wide spectrum of young people around the world. We are empowering educators in primary and secondary schools to draw on the incredible wealth of free high-quality video resources on to delve into the key issues of our time with their students. We are galvanising schools to confront and discuss the state of our planet as a community through assemblies and screenings. We are prompting young people outside school to pay attention to the natural world and ‘tune in’ to the reality and importance of biodiversity in their everyday life through our innovative nature ID app ‘Seek’. Last but not least we are supporting and enabling a growing movement of young people who want to play an active role in creating the future they want, but need information, skills and resources to do so.


  • Bring the story of our planet to life for young people with the spectacular videos and interactive explorable globe available for free on Take inspiration and guidance from the Our Planet educator guide, which includes ideas for sparking ideas, discussion and engagement with videos. Present to the whole school or even the wider community with the using the Our Planet Assembly Pack.

  • Take inspiration from young people who are already taking action to create a sustainable future for our planet – follow the Youth for Our Planet blog.



  • Contribute to global citizen science when the Our Planet Biodiversity Action toolkit launches in June, and join a worldwide network of youth-led biodiversity action projects.

  • Put young people in the driving seat by running an Our Planet’s Future Summit for young people (11-16) and support young people to come up with a model for a sustainable future for our planet.

  • Speak up and add youth voice and pledges of action to the global movement to save our planet.

YRE & YouthMundus

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FEE is partnering with Inner Voice Artists (IVA) to support YouthMundus - a new, environmentally conscious global short content and music festival, specifically designed for the world’s youth and inspired by the SDGs, which is taking place 14-24 November 2019 in Rome, Italy.

The festival is organised by Inner Voice Artists (IVA) - a global media and entertainment company whose mission is to inspire and help create more opportunities for underrepresented voices within the areas of film, television, music, commercials and endorsements. The company’s goal is to ensure equal representation, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, social status, age or language.

The three educational programmes of FEE (YRE, Eco-schools and LEAF) will assist the development of different festival activities, seminars and workshops related to education for sustainable development and will help encourage people to take environmental action during the festival.

YRE students will also participate in the festival where they will do interviews and report on the different events through articles, photos and videos.

YRE Hub – A new platform for students to share stories

As part of YRE’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations, we are happy to announce that we have created a new platform for the YRE network to share stories on an international level. It’s called YRE Hub:

The YRE Hub is an open space for YRE Students and Alumni to share their inspiring stories and showcase their work within the fields of sustainability and environment. It is also a place to find inspiration, express opinions, and connect with others.

We encourage students to share stories that are positive, constructive, well-researched and that inspire people to take action. It can be articles, photo stories or videos about local environmental issues, different SDGs, personal experiences as YRE or any other story that in some way contributes to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). We want to keep it open, positive and inspiring!

YRE is a special community of change makers and it’s a privilege to celebrate its 25 years of existence – I hope to celebrate many more years of fueling the curiosity of budding journalists to come.
— Allison Gacad, Canada, YRE Alumnus

How to publish a story on YRE Hub?

YRE Students and Alumni who want to publish a story can contact their National Operator and ask for the log-in details to the platform. They can then follow this step-by-step guide to share their story with the world.

Vinh Le and Allison Gacad from Canada have already shared two excellent stories on the Hub that can serve as inspiration:

We hope YRE Students and Alumni will welcome this new opportunity to share their work and help make it a success!

YRE forms partnership with Little Citizens For Climate

YRE International has formed a partnership with the non-profit association Little Citizens For Climate (LCFC). LCFC is affiliated to the federation of clubs for UNESCO and is also collaborating on a national level with our FEE member Teragir. The partnership will provide YRE students who are particularly interested in and concerned about climate change an additional platform to showcase their work.

The below paragraphs were written by LCFC to inform about the association and to explain how to participate.


Children, and in particular those who live in the countries that are the most threatened by global warming, are heirs of an alarming ecological situation. We want to offer these children a space where they can express themselves, exchange and take action in order to give them a means to defend their rights, make their voices heard and take initiatives.

We encourage teachers, monitors, educators and parents who are interested in helping with this initiative to assist our children in creating a project relating to the current environmental urgency.

With the authorisation of their legal guardians, each step of the project should be filmed. We will complete the video editing and broadcast it on the following YouTube channel: Little Citizens for Climate. Projects can be done individually or in collaboration with other groups and in any country or language.

The children define themselves as an “Ecological Brigade” whose goal is to educate the adults.


At the same time, each child will have the chance to meet other children from around the World under the supervision of young Ambassadors. These Ambassadors, ages 12 to 18, are particularly motivated and have a longstanding involvement in the defense of the Environment. They are dedicated to informing the younger children, empowering them and helping to motivate them in taking their own initiatives.

Our server is equipped with an automatic translation system so that language will not be a barrier in communication between the children. The environmental cause is universal.


At LITTLE CITIZENS FOR CLIMATE, we have noticed that existing pedagogical resources are created by adults, for children. However, we believe that cooperative learning is the best way for children to acquire a solid knowledge base. With their own words, approach and sensitivity a child will be best suited to find ways to relate to and communicate with peers concerning these topics so that, together, they can find solutions that are meaningful and accessible to them.

Today’s children are tomorrow’s adults and,through their role as Little Trainers on our website,they will be able to prepare for the challenges they will have to face in the future. The future of all living things is in their hands since the adults have failed to do their part.


  • You can send us your videos with the topic of your choice as long as it respects the following criteria: it has young people as the main actors and it concerns the environment. We will take care of the editing and the writing of subtitles for the videos for you.

  • You can subscribe to our YouTube channel in order to stay updated on our latest broadcasts and help us share our channel and videos to children around the globe.

  • You can help us connect with other organizations or project leaders that may be interested in developing a partnership.

  • You can join our association.

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Litterati Launches Education Initiative

The below article was written by Litterati and shared here as an inspiration for schools and students who want to combat litter and help clean their communities.

Our planet faces many environmental problems. It often feels overwhelming and hard to know how we can make a difference. Well here’s one way you can. Join the Litterati - a global community that’s cleaning the planet - one piece of litter at a time. This mobile app (iOS & Android) allows anyone to identify, map, and collect litter in their community.

Litterati has launched an Educational Program that engages students, collects data, and drives environmental action aligned with 7 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Litter is tangible, approachable and easy to understand. Litterati’s Educational Program provides a service-learning model that involves students in a range of experiences which benefit their community, while advancing their classroom skills. The program empowers them to  build a more sustainable planet.

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In California, 7th and 8th grade students from Spencer Avenue Elementary School picked up and documented 2,902 pieces of litter in the Island Lake Conservation Area. The Litterati data revealed the prevalence of cigarette butts as well as more surprising discarded objects, including shopping carts, couch cushions, and even a lawnmower. Litterati helped students understand the negative impact littering can have on  their community; a message they shared at a schoolwide assembly. The students also sent letters to neighborhood businesses, offering suggestions about what they could do to improve their litter footprints. (read more)

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Arturo Soria school in Madrid used Litterati during an end-of-course activity,  cleaning up local parks near their school. Thanks to the Litterati app they were able tag, track and log the litter they collected. From the data and maps they created, the students analyzed the problem and proposed several solutions to the local community. Some involved making posters, pins and artwork to raise awareness. Other solutions required asking local businesses to install ashtrays. Students then wrote letters to the municipal cleaning services suggesting how they could pitch in and help. (read more)

It's easy to get started:

  1. Download the iOS or Android app

  2. Create a club for your class or school

  3. Invite your students to join the club

  4. Photograph a piece of litter

  5. Recycle or throw out the piece of litter. (Repeat steps 4 & 5)

Each photo is full of data. Geotags map problem areas. Timestamps indicate when we see specific types of litter. And tags identify the most commonly found brands and products. This data can then be used to influence product innovation, sustainable packaging, and educating consumer behaviour. We all have a role to play.

Litterati has been featured at TED, is supported by the National Science Foundation, and in partnership with the United Nations Environment.

Download the Litterati app today and join the movement. Individually you can make a difference. Together we create an impact. If you want more information contact us at

PRESS RELEASE: Young Reporters for the Environment celebrates 25th Anniversary

This year Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) celebrates its 25th anniversary as an international programme run by Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). In 1994, Luxembourg became the first country to officially implement the YRE programme and today it engages more than 350.000 young reporters in 38 countries across the world.

”YRE is an absolutely fantastic programme because it not only involves youth in important environmental and sustainable issues, but it also gives them tools that enables them to present news in a structured and knowledgeable manner. In this way, YRE provides the path from critical thinking to critical expression.” says Daniel Schaffer, CEO of Foundation for Environmental Education.

The Young Reporters for the Environment programme aims to empower young people aged 11-25 to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video.

”The past 25 years, YRE has become perhaps more relevant, as the world’s environmental reality has become more dire, and a war on science and on truth has surfaced. By continuing to train young minds to think critically, act locally, and engage globally, YRE continues to plant a powerful seed for tomorrow, spreading knowledge through the many young influencers coming through its ranks, from all over the world."  says P.J. Marcellino, filmmaker, YRE Jury member and former YRE student.

YRE’s 25th Anniversary will be celebrated throughout 2019 with different activities. As part of this, a special 1-minute Video Competition was launched. YRE students and Alumni from around the world have submitted videos that aim to reflect the essence of the programme. A total of 25 videos have been selected and will be shared on social media throughout 2019. The top 3 videos will be awarded by the end of the year.

This month a new international YRE Blog / Press Corner will also be launched. It will function as an open platform for YRE Students, Alumni and the YRE Network to share their stories on sustainable and environmental issues. The platform is meant to serve as a press corner where inspiring articles, videos, and photo stories will be available for the wider public.

“Both the competition and the blog are meant to give YRE students more opportunities to express their opinions and show off their creativity and passion for the environment.” concludes Malgorzata Luszczek, International YRE Director.

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About YRE – ‘Giving our environment a voice’

The Young Reporters for the Environment programme aims to empower young people aged 11-25 to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video. The programme is based on a four-step methodology which seeks to develop students’ critical thinking and expression, creativity and leadership skills. Every year the top YRE investigations have the chance to participate in the annual YRE competition and to be assessed by professional juries on national and international levels. The programme also gives Young Reporters the opportunity to participate in international environmental conferences to further develop their skills and network.



About the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)

With members in 76 countries we are the world’s largest environmental education organisation. Through our five ground breaking programmes, we help communities realise the benefits of sustainable living. Recognised by UNESCO as a world leader within the fields of Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). 


Special 1-Minute Video Competition - List of Nominees


To celebrate YRE’s 25th Anniversary, a special 1-Minute Video Competition was launched. YRE Students and Alumni from around the world have submitted videos that aim to reflect the essence of the programme. A total of 25 videos have been selected and will be shared on the YRE Facebook page throughout 2019 and three winning videos will be found by the end of the year.

Publishing the nominated videos on Facebook

The 25 videos will be published on the YRE Facebook page in random order. The first video will be uploaded on the 23rd of January 2019 at 15:00 CEST. After exactly 12 days, the number of likes will be noted and another video will be uploaded and so on, until all 25 videos have been published.

Finding the three winning videos

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be found in the following way:

The video that receives the most likes on Facebook will receive 12 points, the second-most liked will receive 11 points and so on. Only likes on the original post uploaded by YRE International will be counted so remember to visit the YRE Facebook page. You are highly encouraged to vote for videos that have not been made in your own country.

Once all the videos have been published, the YRE National Operators will be given the opportunity to vote. They are free to give 1-12 points to any of the 25 videos - except videos from their own country.

In the end, the 3 videos with most points will receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards.

Many congratulations to all of the nominees! We look forward to sharing your videos throughout 2019!

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The 25 nominees listed by country:
(The videos will be published on Facebook in random order)

  1. Canada: What is YRE to me?

  2. China: Guardian Little Messenger

  3. China: Silver Chain League

  4. China: Green Lighting

  5. China: Blue Sky and Blue Water! Protection starts at school!

  6. China: YRE-Be Active Actors of Beautiful China

  7. Greece: 25 Years of History

  8. Israel: What do you do with your electronic-waste?

  9. Israel: We care

  10. Israel: Work it out

  11. Italy: The environment game in my neighbourhood

  12. Malta: YRE Malta

  13. Montenegro: From contest to volontere

  14. Montenegro: We can all together

  15. Portugal: My experience as a YRE

  16. Portugal: 25 Videos for 25 years of YRE

  17. Portugal: YRE - “opening new opportunities for my life”

  18. Portugal: You…Listen!

  19. Portugal: YRE: A Mission for Life

  20. Slovakia: YRE Slovakia: We're going further!

  21. Slovakia: Blowing in the Wind

  22. Slovakia: Reducing Waste - Pass it Forward

  23. Slovakia: Slovakia Mladi reporteri

  24. Turkey: Right Waste, Right Place

  25. Turkey: Makroproblem, Mikroplastic

Looking back at COP 24 - Young Reporters' Perspectives

Six inspiring young people got the unique chance to work as Young Reporters at COP 24 in Poland last month. All of them found the conference to be inspiring, educational and a little overwhelming. Nevertheless, they did an amazing job conducting interviews, attending sessions and representing the YRE programme at this highly important conference on climate change. Below are the personal accounts of three of the participants, Martina, Wesley and Kristin, who all look back at the COP with gratitude and renewed inspiration.

Visit Exposure to see all the articles and interviews created by the Young Reporters during COP 24.

Martina Mifsud, Malta:

I went into COP24 anxious, nervous and on edge.
I came out of COP24 ecstatic, enriched and fulfilled.

COP24 was easily one of those priceless experiences that you can never really replace. It was a week filled with knowledge sharing, opinion discussing, and idea shaping. And it was only possible through the active participation of each of the 20,000 observers, panelists, youth activists and NGO representatives. Collectively, it was a goldmine, bringing together so many different people under one roof (except when the sessions were in area G, because that was at the other end of the planet).


Everyone; from young to old, from developed and developing countries, gender and ethnicity disregarded, had the opportunity to participate and voice our opinion, and the thing which truly impressed me was the receptiveness of the people, and they were not shy to say what was on their mind. Of course, not everyone agreed to everything that was said, but everyone respected what was said. There were sessions with great speakers and not so great speakers, but the information available was all rich and useful. Even the observers themselves spoke out, asked questions, argued frugally when needed and discussed opinions. It was one whole body at COP, and no one was left outside the circle. Not the shy last-row observer during the first session, not the easily judged indigenous woman during the second session, not the speaker discussing so openly about things usually hushed in the third session, and, most definitely, not us three young reporters, who formed an inseparable bond during those five days, and who together with our dearest Kristina, represented YRE International for the said week. COP was filled with good people with good intentions, each keen to share knowledge and spread positivity (and, where needed, potential defeatism).

I do not have words which sum up my experience- and I am absolutely thrilled that I was the first Maltese person given this opportunity to represent my country at COP. There is nothing which I can use to describe how this week has been for me- except that I feel that it will have an impact on all of my future decisions. I would like to wholeheartedly thank Young Reporters for the Environment International for the opportunity, Ms. Audrey Gauci for being there from day one, our dearest Ms. Kristina Madsen for her patience and much needed help during that week, and my fellow reporters; Lovely from Canada, and Wesley from Singapore. It would not have been possible without you!

Wesley Poh, Singapore:

Looking back, my experience at COP24 has been incredibly memorable. There was nothing I had done in the past or could have done prior to arriving in Katowice to fully prepare myself for the level of activity going on at the conference — there was always a side event going on, an interesting session on the intersection between climate change and one of the many other scourges of humanity being held, a networking event to meet and learn from inspiring activists all over the world and countless interview opportunities as you walk down the numerous hallways around the venue.


Yet, even amidst the madness, I find myself having grown so much both as a budding environmental reporter and simply as an informed, global citizen of the world. At the conference, because our party of YRE reporters was constrained to a small number of three individuals, I had no other choice but to be forthcoming in asking extremely distinguished panelists questions about their views. The stresses of the environment also meant that when I did manage to get interviews, I had to conduct them with a discerning mind by asking insightful questions to get the most of the short amount of time we had together. This in my view made the experience at COP24 a lot more meaningful than the capacity building training we had in Lisbon eight months ago as I could not rely on the work of my teammates if I encountered difficulties. In a way, I’d like to think that if you as a journalist survive COP, then that in itself is a huge achievement. In my view, not much else is harder than covering COP as a young reporter for the environment.

Finally, the experience at COP24 has undeniably broadened my mind. It has taught me to analyse issues holistically and to avoid using reductionist tendencies like oversimplifying complex problems just for the sake of easy understanding.  For instance, I had initially planned to do one article solely on climate change and poverty, and the other solely on climate change and gender equality. Within the first two days of the conference however, it became glaringly apparent that the interactions between such issues cannot be cleanly defined. There is no absolute division between the problems of poverty and access to water; nor between indigenous rights and loss of biodiversity or between health and gender equality. The realities are a lot more complicated than most of us are comfortable with, but this should not intimidate us.

Krakow and Katowice now have a special place in my heart, and shout-out to my ridiculously capable groupmates Lovely and Martina for always being there when things got a little too overwhelming. I’d also like to thank Kristina, who was always very supportive in guiding us throughout the four full days. Of course, I am indebted to YRE for giving me this unparalleled opportunity.

As I leave Poland today, I do so with a nourished mind, a full heart, and an inspired spirit.

Kristin Rodrigo, Canada:

FEE & YRE at COP 24

Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and YRE International are once again highly active at the COP. Every year our engagement grows and we are proud to be part of this highly important conference and to contribute to the discussions and actions to help mitigate and adapt to Climate Change.

Together with UNFCCC and UNESCO, FEE is organizing two special events at COP 24:

Youth Training Workshop on Constructive Journalism

5 December, 15:00-16:30 I Climate Action Room 2

The workshop aims to equip participants with the skills to create stories in Climate Change that will initiate positive action. The event will be run by Gosia Luszczek (YRE International Director). Quinn Kanaly and Noel Dockstader (Directors of Point of No Return) are invited as guest speakers.

Round Table Discussion on Climate Change Education (CCE) Challenges

13 December, 15:30-17:30 I Climate Action Room 2

The aim of the Round Table Discussion is to develop a set of recommendations that is actionable by different stakeholders and will contribute to the implementation of ACE. Daniel Schaffer (CEO of FEE) will moderate the event and Pramod Sharma (Senior Director of Education) along with invited experts will contribute with their knowledge on the topic.

NB. The events are by invitation only. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to with a brief note.


Young Reporters at COP 24

YRE International is also sending six young reporters to participate in the COP. They will be reporting on the events and creating journalistic pieces on topics related to climate change.

Read more about them here.

YRE student at Piece Summit of Emerging Leaders in Bangkok

Yoorha Kang from South Korea will travel to Thailand to participate in the inaugural Piece Summit of Emerging Leaders which is taking place in Bangkok from 28th to 30th of November. The conference is organized by Humanitarian Affairs Asia and aims to gather 500 young leaders from different parts of the world and give them an understanding and broader perspective on the vitally important subject of Peace.

In addition to being a regular participant in the conference, Yoorha will work as a young reporter preparing an article and a video on specific topics of interests. Her journalistic pieces will be published on YRE Exposure in the beginning of December. She will also be making posts for our social media platforms so remember to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Read more about Yoorha in her short biography below.

“I was an observer in the past, but now I’m an action-oriented person believing what I’m doing really can make our world more sustainable”

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My name is yoorha Kang from South Korea. I am a graduate student majoring in biomedical science at Seoul National University. Since I was young, I’ve wanted to become a scientist who can devote oneself to prosperity of humanity by prolonging the human’s lifespan and seeking the way to make the world better. I thought that those goals can only be achieved by studying medicine and biology. That’s why I decided to major in biology. However, every spring people in South Korea suffered from microdust. Every morning, people checked the level of microdust in the air via application or news and always carried masks for protecting them from microdust which causes oneself severe diseases in pulmonary or Bronchus. Besides microdust, various environmental problems due to excessive development are happening literally everywhere and this makes me realize that what we are facing now is just the tip of the iceberg and we need to take action before it become deteriorating.

Since then my interest in the environment has become bigger and bigger, which finally led me to work for FEE KOREA. I’ve been involved in FEE KOREA over 1 year and now I’m in charge of Eco-Schools Korea and really enjoy what I do. Working in a FEE changes who I am. I was an observer in the past, but now I’m action-oriented person believing what I’m doing really can make our world more sustainable and now I have no doubt that Environment can be a golden key which leads us to a better world that I’ve been dreaming of ever since I was a little girl.

This time, I luckily could have a wonderful opportunity to be nominated as representative of YRE and will attend Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders 2018 held in Bangkok. On behalf of YRE international, I want to share our enthusiasm towards environment with other delegates and play the role as a catalyst to improve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).         

YRE's 25th Anniversary: Special 1-Minute Video Competition


2019 will mark 25 years of the International YRE programme, and we would like your help to celebrate our 25th anniversary! We are challenging our YRE students and alumni from around the world to develop catchy one-minute videos highlighting what YRE is all about. This is a great opportunity to show off what our passionate YRE youth can do!

As a competition participant, you get the chance to share your knowledge of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the YRE programme. You also get to improve your journalistic, creative, and critical thinking skills, and to showcase local positive sustainable development activities to a global audience. We will present the winning videos over the course of 2019 in conjunction with our other 25th anniversary activities.

We are looking for 25 winning videos that address at least one of the following topics:

  • YRE as a programme
    Tell the story of YRE, its goals and steps, how to become a Young Reporter etc.

  • The 17 Sustainable Development Goals
    Inform about one or more of the SDGs and show how to address them through practical activities

  • YRE and positive Sustainable Development actions
    Show some of the activities taken by YRE to protect the environment, e.g. collecting litter or other campaigns

  • Your experience with YRE
    Show how he programme has influenced your life

  • YRE at Missions, conferences, events, etc.

  • An interesting example of sustainable development activities
    E.g. from your town, school, neighbourhood, etc.

Submission Requirements

  • The video should present the joy of the programme and the passion of Young Reporters (YOU!)

  • Don’t forget that YRE is about people and for people. We aim to make a positive change, so show us story about people. This is an opportunity to show a story about the people building the YRE network and the emotions that drive YRE as programme on education on sustainable development.

  • The video should be maximum 1 minute in length

  • The video must be in a form compatible with YouTube


We will announce the 25 winning videos on 18 January 2019. Winners will receive a certificate and their videos will be published on YRE websites, social media, and newsletters. Many YRE countries will also publish the videos on their national platforms.  

The creators of the three best videos will be awarded with photo devices, like a GoPro camera, video camera, or photo camera. The three winning videos will be determined by votes from YRE National Operators and by likes on social media. We will announce the top three winners at the end of the 25th anniversary year, in January 2020. 

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is 18 December 2018. The submission form and the original file should be sent directly to YRE International ( either through WeTransfer or Google Drive.

Declaration of consent for processing of personal information and use of video submitted

When signing up to this competition, you agree that we can process your personal data provided in this submission form and given to us during the competition. We process the data so that we can register your participation, judge the submission and save what you have submitted and publish your submission if you are chosen as a winner. All winners will be saved in our archives.

You always have the option to withdraw your consent and your submission to the competition.

The Data Controller is:

Foundation for Environmental Education
Scandiagade 13, 2450 Copenhagen SV, DENMARK
+45 70 22 24 27

Photos from the UNESCO Youth Forum / YRE Mission held in Almada, Portugal in 2018. Groups of Young Reporters went out on a rainy day to investigate local environmental issues and initiatives. They did not let the weather get in the way of good footage and interviews!

Sasha Karajovic elected as member of FEE Board of Directors

At the FEE General Assembly which took place in Latvia on 13-14 September, Sasha Karajovic was elected to become part of the FEE Board of Directors and he is now the Board Member, Political Responsible for the YRE programme until 2020.

Sasha Karajovic has been a member of the non-governmental organization "ECOM – Environmental Consultancy of Montenegro" since 2001, and at the end of 2002 he became the coordinator of international projects in this NGO.

Sasha started Blue Flag in 2003 and YRE in 2008. The last two years he has been engaged in launching the Green Key programme. In addition, Sasha is executive director of ECOM.

Parallel to activities in the NGO, he is also a journalist - an associate of the local public radio service Kotor.

Sasha is working for ECOM on a fully volunteer base and in his professional life, as an expert, he has more than 25 years of experience in spatial and urban planning; environmental, nature and cultural heritage protection and coastal area management.

Sasha is also a multi-year consultant to ministries and several municipalities in Montenegro for the field of planning and environmental protection, as well as international organisations UNDP, GIZ and ERM.

Exclusive online interview with the filmmakers of POINT OF NO RETURN

On Thursday the 27th of September, YRE International has set up an exclusive online interview with Noel Dockstader and Quinn Kanaly - the filmmakers of the fascinating documentary POINT OF NO RETURN which follows the first solar-powered flight around the world. YRE students, alumni and national operators have been invited to participate in the interview, with the chance of speaking directly with two highly inspiring and professional filmmakers.

The online interview will consist of two parts:

  1. A screening of selected scenes from POINT OF NO RETURN (30 minutes)

  2. Interview with the filmmakers (30 minutes)

After the interview, the participating students are expected to write a short article sharing the knowledge they gained. The best articles will be shared on the YRE Exposure page.

SYNOPSIS POINT OF NO RETURN chronicles one of the most suspenseful and pioneering scientific adventure stories of the 21st century, following two pilots in their attempt to circumnavigate the globe in an airplane fueled exclusively by sunlight. Their mission: to prove the potential of clean technology and to inspire hearts and minds. To achieve their goal, they must push themselves and their team of engineers and meteorologists far beyond their limits. 

Thirteen years ago, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschbergbegan building what many experts said was impossible: a solar-powered airplane capable of flying day and night. With the wingspan of a 747 jet and the weight of a car, Solar Impulse is extremely fragile; high winds or turbulence can snap the wings in two. But the 26,000-mile journey tests more than their technology. In an unheated, unpressurized cockpit, the 5-day solo flight across the Pacific Ocean becomes a feat of endurance unlike any other in aviation history. 

Technical failures, unplanned landings, and stormy weather put the entire mission in jeopardy and drain the spirits of the team. To succeed, both Piccard, a psychiatrist and balloonist, and Borschberg, an engineer and jet fighter pilot, must set aside their differences, and go against the advice of their engineers.  POINT OF NO RETURN explores what it takes to do something truly groundbreaking, and how their journey captivated people around the world who came out to see the plane land in their cities, and watched live from their computers at home. It’s a story of hope, courage, and perseverance that gets to the heart of what it will take to solve the biggest environmental threat humans have ever faced.

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Creative partners for over a decade, filmmakers Noel Dockstader and Quinn Kanaly tell thought-provoking, impactful stories about science, history and exploration. When they learned of Solar Impulse’s audacious zero-fuel flight, they knew it had the potential to be one of the most important pioneering adventures of our time—and they felt compelled to capture it. Over ten months, Noel and Quinn found themselves on opposite sides of the world, tracking the unfolding drama both on the tarmac and at mission control—connected only by their cell phones and a shared vision for the film, Point of No Return.

Prior to embarking on Point of No Return, Dockstader and Kanaly’s collaborative works at Far Wes Film (San Francisco, CA) have been broadcast in the US and internationally on National Geographic, Discovery, Smithsonian, and PBS. Previous films include Extreme Ice for PBS/NOVA, following photographer James Balog as he photographed melting glaciers and ice sheets around the world, and Collapse, a two-hour special for National Geographic about environmental impacts on the collapse of civilizations, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jared Diamond. 

For more information about the film, visit the website of POINT OF NO RETURN.

New Lesson Plans on Litter and Waste

During the FEE General Assembly on 13-14 September, Gosia Luszczek and Boris Susmak announced the launch of a new set of inspiring lesson plans which have been developed to assist the aims of the Litter Less Campaign. The material will be particularly useful for the 15 countries participating in the Campaign, however, any teacher wishing to educate his/her students on the issue of litter and waste are free to use the resources. After a trial period of one year, the lesson plans will be revised and adjusted based on feedback from schools and National Operators.

The lesson plans have been created for the YRE and Eco Schools programmes (respectively) and can be downloaded here:
Lesson Plans for YRE
Lesson Plans for Eco-Schools

The lesson plans were created by Centre for Environment Education (CEE India) with support from FEE and the material was sponsored by Wrigley Company Foundation.

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PRESS RELEASE: Launch of the YRE International Competition 2019

Gosia Luszczek, International YRE Director | E:
Kristina Madsen, International YRE Coordinator | E:

Do you feel passionate about the environment? Do you want to investigate environmental issues and solutions? Then join the International Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Competition 2019 by writing an article, submitting a photo, or making a video. The winning entries will be published internationally on the online platform Medium and on the YRE website!
The International YRE Competition is open to students aged 11-25 from the 34 countries running the YRE programme. Students first have to compete in the National YRE Competition in their respective country and be selected as a national winner before being sent onwards to the International Competition.

For detailed information about the Competition, visit the YRE Competition page

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The International YRE Competition consists of three different categories:

International Competition

Open to all countries and all themes, except for the litter theme for countries participating in the Litter Less Campaign. Countries that are not participating in the Campaign, can still submit entries related to the litter problem.

Litter Less Campaign

The theme must be related to litter. This category is open to countries that are involved in the Litter Less Campaign: New Zealand, China, India, Israel, Wales, Spain, Northern Ireland, and Ireland.
*Please note that the submissions under the theme of Litter from Litter Less Campaign countries will be evaluated separately, and the winners will receive recognition with a certificate.

International Collaboration

Open to all countries with three recommended themes from the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: 11-Sustainable Cities, 12-Responsible Consumption & Production, 13-Climate Action.
The submission must be a collaborative work between two countries and (as something new!) the entry can be an “Article”, a “Photo Reportage of 3 photos” or a “Video”. Read more here.

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The Sustainable Development Goals through the YRE Competition
YRE is in the process of integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) into the YRE Competition. Therefore, participants are obliged to reflect on the link between their entry and one or more SDGs. This reflection can be included as a part of the journalistic piece or it can be a short additional text which is added to the registration form when uploading the entry. Remember that an environmental lens is always required, also when a social or economic SDG is chosen as a topic of investigation.

PRESS RELEASE: The Litter Less Campaign - Seven Years of Positive Change

 The Litter Less Campaign

Seven Years of Positive Change

The latest phase of the campaign reached 357,516 students from 546 schools across 15 countries and marks changes in students’ perceptions, behaviour about litter

In September 2018, the Litter Less Campaign will enter its eighth year and since its inception has engaged over 2 million students around the world.

The Litter Less Campaign is a joint initiative between the Wrigley Company Foundation and Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that aims to educate young people about the issues surrounding litter, to encourage them to make positive waste disposal choices, and to inspire them to engage their communities in anti-litter activities.

An overall evaluation of the campaign’s impact indicates students’ awareness, knowledge and behaviour has grown by over 10%. This is a very significant educational improvement considering the Litter Less Campaign is a relatively condensed and inexpensive project for schools to implement.

The main objectives of the Litter Less Campaign are to:

  • Raise awareness of how litter and waste affect the local environment

  • Improve the way students and schools approach waste management

  • Give young people the knowledge and practical skills to prevent and manage litter

  • Provide students with a platform to report on litter issues in their communities

  • Encourage collaboration and the sharing of best practices between schools

  • Involve the local community to actively address the issue of litter

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 to work to change littering behaviour and improve their communities is the strength of the programme,” says Anne Vela-Wagner, Executive Director of the Wrigley Company Foundation.

The Wrigley Company Foundation and FEE have already completed seven successful years of collaboration and during the past year analysis shows a positive change in Eco-Schools students’ awareness of litter and waste issues in 30% of the population, when compared with control students. Additionally, positive change in YRE students’ knowledge about waste production, fate and recycling improved by 21% when compared with control students.

“The Litter Less Campaign is a textbook example of how positive collaboration between the corporate world and a respected NGO can realize 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 forward. Their strong commitment and support cannot be taken for granted,” adds CEO of the Foundation for Environmental Education Daniel Schaffer.

About the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
With members in 77 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 litter prevention education, and improving Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s site and sourcing communities, it works to build brighter futures around the world.


Contact: Gosia Luszczek, International YRE Director
Foundation for Environmental Education

Reflections on the 9th USLS in Bangkok

Three weeks ago, Joanna Tao and Sungyeon Kwon attended the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) in Bangkok as YRE representatives. During the week-long conference, they attended various sessions, spoke with influential change-makers, increased their networks, and gained knowledge on important topics related to the SDGs. The 9th USLS was well-attended by 1,057 delegates from 87 countries.

After the event, the two students wrote four inspiring articles and made a short video, reflecting on some of the sessions and activities that inspired them the most. For example, read about Joanna’s eye-opening meeting with a young Thai girl from a slum community and about Sungeyon’s understanding of the importance and challenges of Comprehensive Sexuality Education around the world. Go to YRE Exposure to read them.   

“As a young journalist representing YRE global, I cannot be more grateful for this wonderful opportunity given to me by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and YRE Global. As cliché as it sounds, USLS2018 was truly inspiring and life-changing. (...) Being with a room full of future leaders and like-minded young professionals gave me the honor to share my world-view and experiences, creating this global network for further collaboration – the beginning of a ripple effect.” (Joanna Tao)

Finally, don't miss out on the inspiring video about the 9th USLS, which was published by Humanitarian Affairs Asia:

YRE Alumni as Youth Leaders

It has been four months since the UNESCO Youth Forum / YRE Mission was held in Portugal for 42 inspiring participants. The goal was to build their capacities within Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and to inspire them to become Youth Leaders and YRE Ambassadors in their respective countries. Based on recent feedback and reports from the participants, the workshop has been a success! Since April, many of the participants have been highly engaged in a variety of events, projects, workshops, and media productions advocating for sustainable development - both independently and in collaboration with YRE National Operators.    

So far, the participants have managed to host 10 workshops and other educational events, reaching at least 500 people, and even more workshops are being planned. They have created more than 20 articles, blogs, videos and other media productions, reaching at least 8.000 people (see some of the links below). They also continue to collaborate and exchange ideas through the online platform Slack. Last but not least, eight participants were selected to go to the UNESCO "Youth Saves the Planet" conference in Paris. Read more about the event in the article by Joana Pedro and in the blog post by Vinh Le

Links to some of the online media productions made by participants after the workshop:

Listed below are some of the inspiring updates from the workshop participants, explaining how they have used their knowledge in their home countries to spread awareness of ESD:

Adriana and Matej from Slovakia jointly ran a half-day session during a three-day YRE workshop for 30 students aged 11-17 (winners of the YRE competition and the most active reporters) as well as teachers, parents and facilitators. They presented their trip to Portugal and gave an introduction to the SDGs. They also held a small photo competition where the students randomly chose a card with a specific SDG and then had to take a photo reflecting the goal. The photos are shared on the national YRE webpage.

Anastasia from Greece organised a three-hour workshop for 15 students at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, International and European Studies Department. During the first part of the workshop, she presented the role of ESD through FEE and HSPN Programmes. She also showed photos and videos from the YRE Mission / UNESCO workshop in Portugal. The second part of the workshop was dedicated to learning about systems thinking, leadership and the interconnection of modern societal/environmental problems. For the final part of the workshop, the students were split into three teams representing three different sectors (Business, NGO, and Government) and were asked to discuss the issue of inequality and come up with ideas of how to fight inequality in each sector.

Francis from Ghana organised a step down training for 12 young people involved with YRE Ghana as well as the YRE National Operator. “It was very beautiful to share with my fellow change makers what I learnt from the training workshop. It was a platform where I trained all of the YRE-Ghana team to have the same level of understating on ESD and the Sustainable Development Goals.”  He has also helped organise several events about the SDGs and is active in the “Plastic Free Ghana” campaign and the African Youth SDGs Summit. He also got the opportunity to participate in an Ispace Foundation podcast, talking about his experience from the conference and the role of education in achieving the SDGs. It was live streamed on their facebook page while the edited version was sent to the British Council of Ghana.

Francis is very active on social media and has reached a huge number of people through his environmental posts and actions. He has also launched the company EasyGo Collection which is using recycled waste fabric to produce conference and laptop bags.

Kristijan from Macedonia was invited by the Association of Scouts in Macedonia to organize four workshops within the Youth Academy during the period between 4th-9th April 2018. The workshops were on SDGs topics focusing on: Sustainable Development and the 2030 Agenda of the UN, Gender Equality, and Good Health and Wellbeing. The youth academy gathered 70 youth and 53 youth participated in the workshops lead by Kristijan. The participants were scouts from different regions and cities, with different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

KyAsia from Bermuda participated in the annual “Trashion Show” held at Bermuda College in April. For the event, she made an outfit out of upcycled material and also set up an “Impact Table.” “I was inspired by my time in Lisbon at the Capacity Building Training Workshop - and I wanted to educate people about Sustainable Development. I reached out to local organizations such as “Keep Bermuda Beautiful” “Greenrock,” and “Recycle Bermuda” to aid in this process. “Greenrock” provided an interactive game that shows how long it takes for something to biodegrade, and “Keep Bermuda Beautiful” brought trash art pieces as well as an informative display about microplastics. All of these organizations provided signage for the event to help educate people who attended the event.”

Lauren from France is planning a big ESD training day for approx. 200-500 students at Aix-Marseille’s University in September or October 2018. Moreover, Lauren convinced the managers of a hostel, where she was staying during a work trip in Italy, to get involved in the Green Key programme by bringing some sustainable practices and improvements into their establishment. “I was quite happy about it because for me, ESD is really about being proactive on a daily basis and taking (even small) steps all together!”

Martina from Malta gave a presentation to inspire and motivate YREs to continue with their missions, even after the age of 21. During the presentation, she reached approx. 300 students and it was covered by the predominant national news on TV.  She also published an article on one of the most prominent newspapers in Malta about her experience in Portugal and she is now the official link and aid of students aspiring to become and continue to be YREs in Malta.

Milo from Montenegro did an interview together with the YRE National Operator in Montenegro regarding the activities and impressions from Portugal. The interview is published on the national YRE website as well as a local media station website. They also prepared an interview for the programme "Eko kutak" (Eco corner) which was aired on Radio Kotor. Milo also became a member of the national YRE Jury 2018 and was guest speaker at the annual YRE award ceremony in Montenegro.

Nina from Slovenia is planning to carry out an official workshop/seminar in the next school year together with the YRE National Operator as it will be part of the yearly school plan. Nevertheless, she has already organised two custom-made events within her faculty. One was a paper collection action (from which the money was donated to the local Society for the Protection of Animals) and the other was a cleaning action (litter was removed from the faculty and a nearby forest). Around 15 students and a few people of good will participated in each of the actions. In the invitation, as well as at the beginning of the events, Nina introduced YRE and her experiences and impressions of the conference in Portugal. She also invited the participants to become active in YRE Slovenia.

Phoenix from China is working as a teaching assistant for a new online course “Global Environmental Education” which is run by Cornell Civic Ecology Lab. Over 400 participants from all over the world are enrolled in the course. She is leading the discussions, organising webinars, doing summaries, and reviewing final projects. She also runs a group of 61 participants who are currently taking or have previously taken Cornell EE courses in Jiangsu Province, China.

Vinh from Canada is in the process of creating an NGO for young designers to teach them about the SDGs, empower them to use art and design to bring awareness to the public, and have them adopt sustainable practices within their own lifestyles. He has also taken on the role as admin for the Slack platform.

Wesley from Singapore has become highly active as a volunteer for different events such as the 2018 Earth Hour and World Water Day. He has also signed up for the WWF X HSBC Water Education Programme later in August where he will be educating kids and adults at national libraries about how water is vital to building healthy communities. He has also volunteered to edit and proofread a guidebook that WWF Singapore is creating for primary and secondary school students regarding their schools’ carbon footprint. Lastly, he is developing a website that aims to gather volunteers every now and then to go on interesting sustainability field-works in Singapore - after which a journalistic piece will be published by the volunteers.

Young Reporters at the 9th USLS in Bangkok

Two inspiring students, Joanna Tao and Sungyeon Kwon, have been chosen to participate in the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) as YRE representatives. The event is a week-long leadership development training programme which will bring together 1,000 of the most promising leaders in the world. As stated on the USLS website, "the Programme has been designed for young persons who are committed to making this world a much better place for the human race". The symposium will be held at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand from 1-7 August 2018. 

As well as being regular participants in the training programme, Joanna and Sungyeon will also be working as Young Reporters. During the event, the two of them will be creating posts for the YRE social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtags #YRE_INT, #FEE, and #YouthLeaders. After the event, they will also create more in-depth articles and videos about certain topics that caught their attention during the seven days. Their work will be presented on the YRE Exposure page from the 14th of August. 

Below you can read more about the two participants, including their experience with YRE and their expectations to the event. 

Joanna Tao from New Zealand


"I am an 18 years old student from the University of Auckland, studying the Bachelor of Urban Planning with Honours. Throughout the years, I became aware of more environmental issues as I have noticed growing environmental concern both in my community and globally. That is when my interest in being an environmentalist grew stronger. Through my dedication to improving our global food waste problem by researching into local dumpster diving and food waste problems, I have written a report on dumpster diving in New Zealand. This has resulted in me becoming the national winner for YRE Writing Category for 15-18 years old in New Zealand, December 2016. I look forward to my full participation at the conference as I am honoured to be chosen as a YRE representative. It is expected that I will engage at a high level with other like-minded young people, as well as expand my knowledge of the SDG. Whilst doing so, I would also like to learn from speakers and experts at the conference who were able to utilise their passion for journalism and the environment in their careers. By attending the conference, it will allow me to expand my horizons and learn to advocate for the environment through different channels, on both local and global scale."

Sungyeon Kwon from Korea

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"My name is Sungyeon Kwon, and I am an undergraduate student at Korea University. I major in Linguistics and Media & Communication. Collaborating as a team with my best friend, Yunhyun Heo, diverse experience in numerous different video competitions taught me about the power of media. This led me and Yunhyun to join the YRE competition, because we felt strong about the problems climate change brought in our country. The video is a story of a girl who experiences harmful effects of climate change caused by global warming. She realizes the seriousness of the problem and produces a broadcast media to share information on environmental problems. The main character, during the interview to make a film, finds out that climate change will amplify and be inherited to our descendants. To solve this problem, she comes up with the idea of utilizing diverse media to share opinions and information on environmental problems and make a motivation for the public to notice them. This shares the objective of the 13th SDGs goal, climate action, to fight against climate change and its impacts. As a result, the video won an honorable mention award in the 2018 YRE international competition, and I was gracefully selected as YRE representative. Instead, Yunhyun is currently serving his mandatory military service in the Korean Army. Now, as a YRE representative and delegate of Korea, I will be participating in the 2018 UN-USLS (University Scholars Leadership Symposium) in Bangkok, with another YRE representative, Joanna, delegate of New Zealand. During the symposium, I expect to reach youth empowerment, especially regarding the problems related to SDGs. I hope the winning projects of 2018 YRE competition become a motivation for adolescents around the globe to become YRE reporters themselves."