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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). 


YRE joined the Northern Dimension Future Forum 2019

YRE was part of the Northern Dimension Future Forum which took place in Espoo, Finland on 28 November 2019 with interesting discussions on fresh and sustainable experiments of the Global North.

Daniel Schaffer, CEO of FEE was among the speakers along with the Environmental Journalist and Director of the Office of Environmental Information, Angelina Davydova and Christian Kaufmann, Co-founder of WeAct & Finance Manager at Swisscontact.

A Finnish YRE, Hector Ekholm, reported from the Forum. Read his enlightening article and watch his interviews here:


YRE joined the Youth Mundus Festival 2019

YRE participated at Youth Mundus Festival which took place in Rome this November. With the aim to empower youth, Youth Mundus is a new Global Content & Music Festival Initiative which included workshops, video screenings, panelists discussions and much more!

Kristina Madsen and Nicole Andreou, two FEE members and coordinators were there, running a workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Education, taking also part in a Clean-Up Action as part of the Litter Less Campaign.

Martina Misfud and Isaac Sam Camilleri, two experienced YRE from Malta, reported from the festival and wrote some very interesting articles that you can read here:

YRE is now open to International Schools

YRE gives young people aged 11-25 a platform to research environmental issues and promote solutions through investigative reporting, photography, and video journalism. Read more about the programme and get registered!

It is now possible for International Schools in countries without a National Operator to join the YRE programme and be managed through YRE International.

International Schools can also join the YRE competition with submission deadline on 06 April 2020. One 1st place winner in each category will be chosen and submitted to the International Competition where they will be assessed by the International Jury alongside entries from all countries. Winners to be announced on June 5, the World Environment Day.

Here you can read more about YRE International Schools.

For any questions regarding the International Schools, do not hesitate to contact Gosia Luszczek.

Join us!

Meet the YRE going to COP25 in Madrid

COP stands for `Conference of the Parties’. It’s an international meeting where civil society, governments, international organizations, businesses, bankers and many others working on climate policy and science get together to talk and negotiate climate change solutions.

COP25 will take place at IFEMA – Feria de Madrid in Madrid, Spain from 2 to 13 December 2019 and it will focus on countries’ readiness and implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Below you can read some information about some ambitious YRE who will be participating at COP25.


Joana Pedro

My adventure as a YRE began in 2011 and even though I had never dreamt to be a journalist, my love for the environment and nature made me interested in discovering the project. Since then I have participated in several missions, seminars, contests, workshops, and conferences, both in Portugal and internationally, and I am eager to continue to be a part of it since it has just got me fond memories, loads of good friends, knowledge, and skills.


Laura Morgado

I am Laura Morgado, 16 years old and I live in Madrid. I study 1st of Bach and I am very concerned about climate change. In specific, I am very interested in the field of how climate change can affect health and some other consequences it has on the Earth.

I think the project YRE is a very interesting activity which we can use to raise awareness among young people, as well as adults, about climate change and its importance. I am very excited and grateful for having this amazing opportunity of being a journalist for a couple of days.


Ishbel Cora Rodríguez

¡Hola! My name is Ishbel Cora Rodríguez, and I am 23 years old. Recently, I completed a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. And now, I work as a Puerto Rican journalist in Global Press Journal, a news organization that trains and employs women to produce high-quality local news coverage that elevates awareness and ignites social change. I feel committed to writing about the issues that concern me. For example, I am interested in topics related to accessing education, human rights, public health, gender equality, and the environment. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, seeing theatre, and spending time with my loved ones.


Alvaro Jimenez

Hello my name is Alvaro and I am from Spain, I live in a town 30 minutes away from Madrid. I am currently studying 1st of baccalaureate at Zola, a school in the north of Las Rozas. I enjoy playing sports like football or tennis. I am also very interested in health issues that could affect anyone just because of living where there is bad air quality. That is why at COP I would like to investigate more about this topic and get more information on how this may influence people's performance at sports.


Lauren Ricard

As an international news reporter and, even more importantly, a nature-lover, I have developed growing concerns about environmental and sustainable development issues over the past few years. While covering stories across Cambodia, China, India, Madagascar, the USA and Europe, I was struck by how unequally it affected people – some of the more destitute, who are only responsible for little gas emission and pollution, ending up being the most affected, their habitat being destroyed or slowly disappearing. Almost three years ago, as I was completing my masters of journalism in France, I won the Young Reporters for the Environment French competition with a video report on sustainable scuba diving in Marseille – and how we can all follow this local example to help clean our oceans and protect our resources through simple, daily gestures. I then had the amazing opportunity to keep working with this YRE network on several projects, including a wonderful workshop in Lisbon and a UNESCO conference in Paris. These eye-opening experiences made me feel even more concerned by these issues and strengthened my will to keep working in that field to better inform people about what is going on, the risks we are all facing and provide them with handy solutions to help save our beautiful planet. Being a sea lover and a diver, I plan to specifically investigate stories related to water resources, oceans protection and the issues regarding its biodiversity.