PRESS RELEASE - Winners of YRE's 25th Anniversary Video Competition

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This year Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) celebrates its 25th anniversary as an international programme run by Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). To mark this anniversary, a special 1-minute video competition was launched. YRE Students and Alumni from around the world submitted videos that reflect the essence of the programme. A total of 25 videos from 10 different countries were selected and shared on social media throughout 2019.

After a year of counting likes from social media and after collecting votes from YRE national Operators, we are now proud to announce the final three winners. These videos are fantastic examples of what YRE is all about!

We were extremely excited to watch all the videos presented which celebrate our anniversary. Seeing how the programme has helped the YRE students make a positive change through their actions is truly inspiring.
— Malgorzata (Gosia) Luszczek, International YRE Director

Many congratulations to the winners and huge thanks to everyone who participated and helped celebrate our 25th anniversary!

1st place winner: YRE Malta (Malta)

1st winner video for the YRE 25th anniversary

2nd place winner: What is YRE to me? (Canada)

2nd winner video for 25th year anniversary

3rd place winner: Slovakia Mladi Reporteri (Slovakia)

3d winner video for 25th year anniversary

Two videos from Portugal also received a lot of points and can proudly consider themselves as runners-up. You can enjoy these below and if you want to see all the videos, simply go to our YouTube playlist.

YRE: opening new opportunities for my life (Portugal):

among the best videos for the YRE 25th anniversary

My experience as YRE (Portugal):

among the best videos for the YRE 25th anniversary

For the past 25 years YRE has been growing in a number of countries. Over these years, we recognize the new challenges the youth are facing with the climate change emergency. At the same time, young people have more power to act as Education for Sustainable Development Leaders and this what YRE offers to them.
— Malgorzata (Gosia) Luszczek, International YRE Director

Finding the three winning videos

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

25 videos submitted from YRE countries around the world were chosen and shared on the facebook page of YRE International throughout 2019. The video that received the most likes on Facebook received 12 points, the second-most liked received 11 points and so on. Only likes on the original post uploaded by YRE International counted.

Once all the videos were published, the YRE National Operators were given the opportunity to vote, giving 1-12 points to any of the 25 videos - except videos from their own country.

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

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).