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Young Reporters for the Environment

GlobalConscience.World Partner – Denmark

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is an award-winning program coordinated by Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The program empowers young people to take an educated stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and gives them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography, or video. The YRE program is run by National Operators in more than 40 countries around the world and they are the ones implementing the program on a national level. Youth between the age of 11-25 can join the program in these countries through their school, youth group or as individuals by contacting the relevant National Operator. Depending on the country, National Operators organize workshops and events for YRE students as well as National YRE Competitions. The international coordination takes place at the FEE Head Office in Denmark. From here we organize the annual International YRE Competition, develop opportunities for our YRE Alumni and send out YRE students to high-level conferences such as COP and WEEC. We also coordinate several partnerships and projects, including the highly acknowledged Litter Less Campaign run through YRE and Eco-Schools. Young Reporters for the Environment empowers young people to have their say on environmental issues in their locality which they feel are not being adequately addressed. It gives them an outlet for their frustrations and a platform from which to make a difference. YRE helps participants to develop skills and acquire knowledge which will stand to them for the rest of their lives: communication skills, individual initiative, teamwork, critical analysis, social responsibility, and leadership skills are all honed through involvement in the program. A competition is held annually to encourage young people from all over the world to push themselves to their limits in the search for a story which will ultimately bring to the fore a real and current local environmental issue.

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