Every day New Zealanders throw away 802,466 wheelie bins of rubbish. But not all of it really needs to be thrown out, surely something could be donated or sold to people who want or need the product....
Young Reporters for the Environment
Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is a network of international youth engaged in education for sustainable development, coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The goal of YRE is to engage youth in resolving environmental problems and issues.
Young Reporters, aged between 11 and 21-years-of-age in more than 25 countries investigate environmental problems and issues and propose solutions through published investigative reporting, photographic and video journalism.
YRE also enables participants to develop skills and expand their knowledge. For example, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of sustainable development, the programme teaches or enhances communication and citizenship skills, individual initiative, team work, critical analysis, social responsibility and leadership.
Each student or group is supported by the national organisation running YRE, who in turn receive support and guidance from FEE. There is also an international YRE website as well as social media platforms, providing information, inspiration and ways to connect.
Every year the best article, photograph and video in each age of the three age categories nationally are submitted to the international competition, following a national competition. Articles submitted to the international competition must be in English. The international YRE jury is made up of expert representatives from the FEE Executive Board, organisations and agencies e.g. UNEP, UNESCO and the European Environment Agency (EEA) as well as the media.
Certificates are awarded to the best article, photograph and video in each of the three age categories. International workshops may also take place and/or prizes awarded.
The international network created by youth in participating countries serves as a press agency, specializing in producing and delivering environmental news. The International YRE Director showcases the best work.