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Trash Hack Campaign Winners Announced!

The Trash Hack Campaign in collaboration with UNESCO is now finished and we received almost 500 entries from FEE programmes around the world! We want to thank everyone involved, this would not have been possible without our amazing network of active National Operators, teachers and students.

Since the campaign was in collaboration with UNESCO ASPnet, some of the best Trash Hacks will be featured on their website and be part of the global Trash Hack celebrations in May 2021 for the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development!

Our National Operators were invited to assess the entries and these are the results…

1st Place:

Pack your packages away!   
Portugal, Escola Profissional Amar Terra Verde

2nd Place:

Juice boxes used for lunch turned into waste bins       
Ghana, St K Michael’s School

3rd Place:

India, Delhi Public School Jamnagar

Special Mentions:

Based on our National Operators votes, we would also like to highlight these entries:

Green campaign Trash Hack              
China, Utahloy International School Guangzhou

Little ecologists   
România, Grădinița cu Program Prelungit ”Toldi” Salonta    

Montenegro, Elementary school "Narodni heroj Savo Ilić" Kotor    

Keep Trash Hacking!

UNESCO is inviting everyone involved in the campaign to the 11 May 2021 Webinar “Celebrate Your Trash Hacks: Webinar for sharing, inspiring and calling for change”, together with the Foundation for Environmental Education.

This online event presents an opportunity for everyone involved in the campaign to come together and celebrate their Trash Hacks, share some good practice examples and encourage others to act.

The online event will take place on 11 May 2021 from 1.30-3.00pm CET (see your local time here).

Simultaneous translation between English – French – Spanish will be provided.

Here are some pictures from students’ Trash Hacks:

Brave New Frontiers for Young Reporters

YRE alumni heading to the red planet... Kind of.

Two Young Reporters alumni will be incorporating the crew of MDRS Mission #238 at the Mars Analog Research Station in Hanksville, Utah, starting on January 2nd, 2022. The re-scheduled mission will take place one year later than projected, following a prolonged pause caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the associated travel restrictions, and public health concerns.

MDRS is one of four Mars-analog research stations currently managed by the Mars Society, an American space-advocacy non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the human exploration and settlement of Mars. In addition to the MDRS unit located in the Utah Desert, other stations exist in locations with geological and climatological conditions analogous to the red planet’s, namely in Canada’s Nunavut Arctic region, in the Australian Desert, and in Iceland.

In the 1990s, the project Biosphere 2 in the Arizona Desert had made an early (failed) attempt at habitat development, as depicted in the film Spaceship Earth. Nowadays, the Mars Society is one of a handful of international non-profits running a dozen Mars-analog habitats around the world, from Hawai’i to Antarctica and from Chile to Israel. Missions are also sporadically operated by American, Russian, Chinese, and European space agencies.

Portuguese Young Reporters alumni Pedro José-Marcellino and Marta Cortesão will be joining crew #238 as Crew Documentarian/Journalist, and Crew Astrobiologist, respectively.

Pedro, a Canada-based film producer, is one of the oldest YRE alumni/mentor and a member of the international jury. Selected by Mars Society for the original crew #238, he’s been preparing since 2019. Twenty-five years ago, Mission Antarctica, his 1996 YRE mission, occurred in Spitsbergen, Norway, incidentally around the corner from a present-day Mars- analog station. Pedro will be responsible for the mission’s media assets and public narrative.

Marta Cortesão, who is finishing her Astrobiology PhD in Cologne and works with the German Aerospace Center, was identified after a Crew Engineer drop-out during the pandemic created an opening. Working with YRE International Coordination and YRE Portugal, Pedro and Crew #238 ran a month-long search across the YRE network and unanimously selected Marta. She was officially approved by Mars Society’s mission control in February 2021. Marta will be responsible for the mission’s space science, and for operating its space observatories.

The remainder of the crew is composed by Commander Jonathan Yoke (USA, former SpaceX, Navy Seal), XO Sionade Robinson (Ireland, expeditions scholar and business professor), Crew Engineer Simon Werner (Germany), Health & Safety Office Robert Turner (USA, paramedic), GreenHab Officer Kay Sandor (USA, therapist), and Artist-in-Residence Agnieszka Prokrywka (Poland/Finland). Pedro and Marta will be wearing FEE/YRE patches, as well as national patches — Cape Verde/ Canada/EU for Pedro, and Portugal for Marta.

Each of Mars Society’s research centres comprises of a prototype of the Mars Habitat Unit (pictured) similar to those advocated by Mars Direct and NASA’s Mars Design Reference Mission for sending humans to Mars. These are multi-deck units, providing a combination of living and working space for crews of up to six people at a time, with additional space elsewhere in the station. Analog astronauts — or citizen astronauts, as they are often called — live in the pods as they would in Mars, adhering to a strict routine of personal and scientific needs, with limited contact to Mission Control, and going out into the analogous habitat only on prescribed missions. Life in the pods is exactly as seen in the SciFi movie The Martian. Activity outside the habitat requires operational coordination and donning Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) suits.

Developed in 1990 by Mars Society’s Robert Zubrin, with Martin Marietta and David Baker, Mars Direct is a proposal for a human mission to Mars, which is purportedly cost-effective, feasible within our current technological limitations, and possibly during our lifetime. The concept was expanded upon in Zubrin’s book The Case for Mars, which details the philosophy and practicalities of humanity’s expansion to another planet, and the ecological understanding necessary for the leap.

One of its major proponents is SpaceX owner Elon Musk, who has been very public in his large systemic vision for building a sustainable human presence in Mars over the very long term — something he foresees as well beyond his life, or SpaceX’s plans. The growth of such a system over decades cannot be planned. It is a complex and adaptive, developing as future humans make their own independent choices as to how they might — or not — connect to the broader system of an initially incipient, and then bustling, Mars settlement. Elon Musk is a supporter of the Mars Society programs, and one of MDRS’ two observatories is named after him.

Marta and Pedro, who represent 25% of crew #238, will be planting a FEE flag on site.

The Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment Inaugurates its Environmental Education Center in Salé

On Tuesday, June 18th 2019, Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment inaugurated the Hassan II International Environmental Training Center, located next to the Exotic Gardens of Bouknadel, near Rabat, with the attendance of  the guests and partners .

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The creation of this center, named by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, was initiated by HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa. The center is entirely dedicated to raising environmental awareness and education among all target groups: children, civil society, businesses, administrations, local government entities, etc. It is the culmination of 18 years dedicated to this mission, part of the core programmes that the Foundation has initiated since its inception in 2001.

The Hassan II International Environmental Training Center will enable the Foundation to boost its educational efforts geared towards all its targets, and rise to the world challenge of combating global warming.

The center will start with an educational corpus consisting of tools, either developed by the Foundation or provided by its international partners such as UNESCO, FAO, UN Environment, and UNFCCC, to name a few. The advanced research in environmental education that the center intends to carry out in collaboration with multiple partners, including the Ministry of National Education, Moroccan universities and major engineering schools, will lead to the development of cutting-edge educational content.

To rapidly disseminate this pedagogy on a large scale, the Hassan II International Environmental Training Center will opt for new e-learning technologies. HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa took part of a distance-learning sequence with the technological resources that the center’s four training rooms will be equipped with for online, live, group or face-to-face distance sessions.

These rooms will be a valuable tool for training educators who will work to change the behaviour of all audiences, in order for the latter to willingly preserve the environment through their daily actions and choices.

On the garden level, in one of the four multipurpose and connected rooms, open for green classes in the pedagogical gardens where the teaching takes place in a practical manner, three Eco-Schools participated in training sessions related to sustainable development, in the presence of HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa.

For the construction of this center, the Foundation aimed to set an example in terms of environmental protection: site access, use of ecological materials such as soil and timber, photovoltaic power plant for energy autonomy, rainwater harvesting and wastewater treatment, waste management, permeable and tree-lined car parks, and landscaping of gardens in harmony with the natural environment. The experience gained during this eco-conscious project will pave the path towards developing a sustainable construction label specific to the kingdom.

Today,  the Hassan II International Environmental Training Center has become one of the Foundation’s flagship projects, set to reach high expectations: to be at the forefront, in constant renewal, adopting advanced pedagogical approaches, both in terms of content and tools for disseminating information. Its mission is to become a role model for environmental innovation, a space for meetings and exchanges, an incubator for ideas and solutions for the environment, especially for future PhD students.

Through its pedagogical vision, the Hassan II International Environmental Training Center, which is at the heart of the Foundation’s strategy, will revive the programmes of the Foundation and its partners in Morocco, Africa, and along the Mediterranean, who will be brought successfully together.

New Collaboration with Youth Climate Report

The Youth Climate Report is partnering with Foundation for Environmental Education and will participate in the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) programme!


This means that videos created for YRE will be showcased on the Youth Climate Report interactive map found on several UN websites. We believe this collaboration provides all of us the opportunity of “speaking youth to power”!

The Youth Climate Report is a multilinear, interactive, database documentary film project presented on a platform of a Geographic Information System map of the world. Simply put, it’s a digital map containing videos of climate research produced by the global community of youth from 2008 to the present.

Conceived in 2011 as a feature-length documentary film project showcasing approximate five video reports made by youth for presentation at the United Nations’ annual climate summits, it evolved into this interactive format to better serve the delegates, negotiators, and policymakers that attend these events. In 2016, it was designated as a partner program of the United Nations Climate Change secretariat and today serves as a resource for those attending the climate conferences. It is also available on various public websites and social media so everyone worldwide can interact with the project.

Global Youth Video Competition

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The videos are curated through a contest administered by the UN called the Global Youth Video Competition. Each year two or three themes that will be prevalent at the COP conference that year are identified for the participants. The videos are submitted to an organization called Television for the Environment that administers the judging process. The top twenty videos in each category are then added to the Youth Climate Report project. The winners of the competition are flown to the host country of that year’s COP conference where their films are premiered at an awards ceremony. The winners are also given an internship at the conference so they can gain valuable first-hand experience in the international policymaking process.

See this year’s categories and winning videos here.

Future research on this project includes other means of engaging youth to be trained in documentary production and to tell their own stories of climate research and impacts where they live. Programmes like The Planetary Health Film Lab provide this opportunity to eligible candidates who may not have access to the UN competition, such as those living in remote communities throughout the world. As the project strives to be all-inclusive, efforts are made to involve Indigenous and technologically-challenged communities. Planetary health is an issue that affects everyone so it is necessary to give voice to everyone with this project.

Here are the films that came out of this Lab.

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Youth Climate Report Executive Director Mark Terry is a professor of environmental filmmaking at York University and Wilfrid Laurier University, both in Canada. He runs workshops that provide training and support to emerging environmental filmmakers. Those who participate earn a certificate of achievement and their films are added to the UN’s Youth Climate Report interactive map.

Another workshop initiative, known as the Student Life Levy at Wilfrid Laurier University, saw a group of young filmmakers creatively working through the restrictions and limitations of a pandemic to generate a series of films for the Youth Climate Report. The training and production took place over a period of two months.

Here are the films that came out of this program.

For more information, please contact Mark Terry at


We are looking for a YRE/Eco-Schools Alumnus for astronaut/astrophysicist!

Did you ever dream of becoming an astronaut? Do you sometimes muse about going to space? Do you just enjoy looking up at the stars? If you do, this one-of-a-kind opportunity is for you!

Deadline to apply: February 21st 2021


[WHO]   Amateur/Expert Astrophysicist, YRE/Eco-Schools Alumnus/a, 21+ years old 

[WHAT]  Crew #238 of MDRS - Mars Desert Research Station 

[WHERE]  Utah, USA

[WHEN]  January 2022 (Deadline to apply February 21 2021)

[WHY]  Because you're curious. Because it’s there. Because space exploration is fascinating stuff!

[HOW]  You apply to join the crew through various levels of scrutiny to assess your skills and mission plans



— At least 21 years of age

— From any YRE/Eco-Schools country 

— Able to travel to the USA in 2022 (COVID restrictions *may* apply)

— Current YRE student or YRE Alumnus / Legacy / Ambassadors

— Or Eco-Schools University Student (Master’s or PhD Level)

— Must: Astrophysics education or advanced expertise (or similar)

— Skills: Read more below



Join YRE Legacy Student and Filmmaker Pedro José-Marcellino in Crew #238 of the MDRS - Mars Desert Research Station. Pedro’s first YRE Mission was Mission Antarctica in 1995. He has now been selected to join Crew #238 as Documentarian-in-Residence and Crew Journalist at the Mars Society’s space analogue station MDRS — Mars Desert Research Station, and is inviting another YRE alumnus/a to join in on board. In planning since early 2020, and initially penned for a January 2021 crew rotation, this mission has been delayed to January 2022 due to COVID-19 concerns. After a year in preparation, and another one still ahead, Crew #238 will be well prepared. You must be too. With one new member down due to this calendar change, the current crew — including a fellow YRE — has the unique privilege of helping select the 8th crew member: if you are a professional or amateur astrophysicist, that could be you.  The crew is looking for someone to operate the Station’s Musk Observatory (Solar) and Robotic Observatory (nighttime), and also spearhead their own research project in coordination with other crew members’ projects.



— Outside Hanksville, Utah, USA



— 2 - 16 January 2022 (deep winter)

— Possible rollover to a double rotation 

— Potential Second Mission (TBC): 16-30 January 2022



In order to help develop key knowledge needed to prepare for human Mars exploration, and to inspire the public by making sensuous the vision of human exploration of Mars, the Mars Society initiated the Mars Analog Research Station (MARS) project. A global program of Mars exploration operations research, the MARS project includes two Mars base-like habitats located in deserts in the Canadian Arctic and the American Southwest. In these Mars-like environments, we have launched a program of extensive long-duration field exploration operations conducted in the same style and under many of the same constraints as they would on the Red Planet. By doing so, they began the process of learning how to explore on Mars.

The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is a laboratory for learning how to live and work on another planet. It is a prototype of a habitat that will land humans on Mars and serve as their main base for months of exploration in the harsh Martian environment. Such a habitat represents a key element in current human Mars mission planning. MDRS serves as a field base to teams of six to seven crew members: geologists, astrobiologists, engineers, mechanics, physicians, human factors researchers, artists, and others, who live for weeks to months at a time in relative isolation in a Mars analog environment. Mars analogs are defined as locations on Earth where some environmental conditions, geologic features, biological attributes or combinations thereof may approximate in some specific way those thought to be encountered on Mars, either at present or earlier in that planet’s history. Studying such sites leads to new insights into the nature and evolution of Mars, the Earth, and life.


Crews don’t usually get to self-select. This is a unique situation. After one year of prep, and after losing one member, the remaining crew wants someone to fit with ongoing collective goals. The crew identified the need for an astrophysicist. That’s where you come in. 

If you feel you have the right skills, the process will take place in various steps: 

(1) Contact your YRE/Eco-Schools National or International Operator. 

(2) Vetting of your skills / education by YRE/Eco-Schools National or International Operator, and by Pedro, the YRE Alumnus and Crew Member. 

(3) Zoom interview with Crew #238 in late February or March — TBC

(4) If approved by the Commander, the XO, and the rest of the crew, you will be requested to write an official application to The Mars Society, with the endorsement of Crew #238

(5) Once finalized and approved by The Mars Society selection committee, you will join the monthly prep briefings, and will be given assignments like everyone else. 


You are expected to come prepared with a Research Project. There is a lot of latitude in this, and you will have the freedom to design your own research, in fitting with the Mission’s goals. If you are associated with a university, you may already have specific research topics. Your research should integrate both the “Musk observatory” and the “robotic observatory”. Special equipment training will be required before the mission. 

— Information at a glance, including technical specs, in the official website of the MDRS:

— All training activities for the robotic observatory will be online, the training website is here:

— A gallery of pictures taken by former Crews with the robotic observatory can be found here:


You will also be on-board sponsored by FEE / YRE / Eco-Schools, so in addition to your normal crew duties, you will have a duty to represent FEE / YRE / Eco-Schools, and perhaps help bridge the gap between the environmental movement and the space research movement by way of your intervention and post-mission advocacy. As the official storyteller in the Crew, Pedro can help you define and execute goals, and will be your partner in representing our programs.  

For any questions, please contact Pedro Marcellino:

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 21st 2021

For more information about the MDRS Station, visit:

For a photo reportage about life in the Station, published in The Atlantic, visit: 

#YREStayActive Winners Announced!

The #YREStayActive mini-competition about Water, Sanitation and Hygiene has now ended! We received lots of great submissions from our creative Young Reporters and National Operators were invited to assess the entries. These are the top three:

2nd Place Winner:

Hand Washing - Clean Hands Keep Germs Away (Mauritius)

3rd Place Winner:

Saving Water While Hand Washing (Malta)

In addition, we also want to highlight two runner-ups:

Sustainable Food…To Us And To The Environment (Portugal)

Let's take the first step to improve the condition and quality of water in Župa Nikšićka (Montenegro)

Thank you to everyone who participated! #YREStayActice takes a break over Christmas but will start again on January 15th. The next mini-competition will be about Waste Management and Littering and in collaboration with the UNESCO Trash Hack Campaign!

2020 Virtual Youth Changemakers Convention

Over the first weekend in October, four YRE students attended the Virtual Youth Changemakers Convention! It was a productive weekend filled with thought-provoking sessions covering topics such as social justice, campaigning and youth empowerment. The convention invited young people to showcase their work to inspire and encourage participants from all around the globe, while celebrating the premiere of David Attenborough: A life on our planet. Find more information about the event at Youth For Our Planet.


Our Young Reporters each wrote an article reflecting on the event, which you can find on Exposure:

YRE students Maria Carreira, Bhargav Patel, Saga Oskarson Kindstrand and Reeza Hanselmann

YRE students Maria Carreira, Bhargav Patel, Saga Oskarson Kindstrand and Reeza Hanselmann

Photo of the Year

We are announcing a new award - Photo of the Year!

This year the International YRE Jury decided to select a Photo of the Year - a special award separate from all the competition winners. The jury selected the photo deemed most interesting and valuable in presenting the message of the YRE programme. 

The 2020 Photo of the Year is....

Aysun Sökmen at Gündönümü Farm in Çerkezköy (Turkey)

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"In 2020, the YRE International Competition's Photo of the Year came down to two powerful contenders. Following a trend initiated in 2019, the selected photograph brings into sharp focus the human causes and the human consequences of environmental degradation, shedding an instant light — and humanity — on the complex, nuanced challenges we collectively face. Unanimously picked by the jury after fierce debate, the photo comes from Turkey and it portrays farmer Aysun Sökmen, at Gündönümü Farm in Çerkezköy. The image was part of a five-photo series awarded 1st Place in the Photo Reportage category.

This reportage focuses on the "new rurals/new pioneers who started [a] back-to-the-land movement [and] have applied alternative models against [eminent] ecological apocalypse”. It offers insight into societal changes underfoot in this generation that feels shortchanged by economic development and environmental decadence. Aysun’s captivating and pensive face captured all of this in a single shot. In her eyes locked on the horizon the jury perceived a sense of hopefulness, and yet a certain sadness, or perhaps anguish caused by the Sisyphical task ahead. But her hands cast toward the foreground of photo are perhaps symbolically steeped into the manure she’s using to reclaim the land. In its simplicity, this photograph packs a serious punch, and it showcases YRE's ideals and search for solutions."
P.J. Marcellino (Portuguese-Canadian filmmaker, and a former YRE
Head of Development, Anatomy of Restlessness Films 
Founder, Baobab Film Collective), on behalf of the 2020 Jury.

The photo was part of the photo reportage "Five alternative solution models to the eco-apocalypse from the new rurals" by the YRE students from Turkey:
Elif Pınar Sevinç, Tarık Bayri, İlker Can Koçulu, Selin Gürel, Ozan Gümüşoğlu, Ayşenur Ataseven, Alperen Alaş, Emre Uzunoğlular, Aytek Başkan, Şevval İpek, Harun Gecü and Zeynep Lara Yüce 

We are launching #YREStayActive!

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For 2020/2021, FEE is planning four #YREStayActive-campaigns for YRE! The campaigns are designed for students that are facing COVID-19 challenges. The idea is to keep students involved in environment-focused citizen journalism that encourages them to investigate local environmental issues and solutions. Each campaign will have its own theme and run for two months.

The campaigns will include weekly activities and mini competitions to increase students’ skills and knowledge around each theme – the best stories shared from schools and students will be awarded at the end of the campaign! Challenges are open to every student who is or wants to be part of the YRE programme in countries that the programme operates and for International Schools.

Campaigns themes

  1. Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)

  2. Waste Management and Littering

  3. Health and Nutrition/Well-Being

  4. Biodiversity

We are proposing easy-to-do activities and challenges linked to the above themes starting from October 2020. The activities will encourage students to voice their opinion on various aspects and engage with peers. See detailed information about each theme at the end of this page.

Participate in the challenges and contribute to YRE activities in 2020/21

Weekly challenges

Weekly challenges will be published on social media for inspiration. National Operators can select them and share with the network of schools. Activities organised by students from home can be shared on social media with the #YREStayActive hashtag and National Operators and the International team can share it on their social media. Keep an eye on our social media to find all updates about the mini-competition:

Challenges are open to every student who is or wants to be part of the YRE programme in countries that programme operates and for International Schools.

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Mini competition

Towards the end of each campaign, the three best stories from countries will be submitted by National Operators. Remember that all types of entries are allowed (blogs, articles, photos, podcasts, videos, TikToks, etc) and that they must be submitted no longer than a week after the campaign has ended.

Acceptance criteria:

  • The entry has to be in English (or translated).

  • All types of entries are allowed (blogs, articles, photos, podcasts, videos, others).

  • The entry must address a topic relevant to the relevant campaign

  • The entry has to be posted on at least one social media platform with the hashtag

Finding the winners:

All nominees will be presented to the YRE National Operators who will give points to the ones they believe are the best. To ensure fairness, they are not allowed to give scores to stories from their own countries.

The winners of the campaign will receive diplomas from YRE International, mention on social media & website and a small prize.

Introductory webinars:

Each campaign will be introduced to students, teachers and National Operators through a webinar. During the webinar, experts will present information about each of the four themes as well as ideas for activities for schools.

More about webinars and registration can be found here.

Detailed description of each campaign

1. Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)

Connection with Health and Wellbeing theme through WaSH behaviours, building immunity, mental wellbeing, etc.

Learn more about WaSH in the recorded webinar:

Ideas for activities:

  • Find ways to promote positive hygiene behaviours and document any behaviour change in your community through a short video or photo series.

  • Distinguish key hygiene behaviours needed in your community and conduct a survey to find out to which extent these behaviours are being implemented. Present your findings through a short video, podcast or photo series.

  • Record an (online) interview with a local politician/expert on what challenges your community is facing concerning sanitation (e.g. infectious waste, access to clean water etc).

  • Interview students from other YRE countries on challenges related to Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)

Post for social media:

Further details will be in the description of each post.

Each social media post about activities are available for NOs on Podio as templates so that the text can be translated into the preferred language.

2. Waste Management and Littering

Disposable protective materials like masks and gloves have created a new stream of hazardous waste. As more time is spent at home, there is an opportunity to extend this activity to sustainable consumption and involve the family in making choices to reduce waste in the bin.

3. Health and Nutrition/Well-Being

In many communities, schools also fulfil the supplementary nutritional needs of the children. Engaging children to grow their food in small pots, home backyards, and community spaces could be an interesting activity that may not only supplement food but also create an appreciation for the food and hence reduce waste.

4. Biodiversity

Observing local biodiversity and connecting with nature.

Detailed information about coming campaigns will be updated.

Compete in the international photo marathon: “Humanity and nature - an everlasting conflict?”

From October 10th, 12PM, you have 24 hours to compete in the International photo marathon by “Changing Planet”! 

They invite everyone interested in photography, up to the age of 27, to take photos related to the topic  “Humanity and nature - an everlasting conflict?”

The photos can deal with current topics such as soil sealing, sustainability or the beauty of nature. The winning images will be selected by a jury and presented in an exhibition in January-February, 2021 in Berlin! This is a perfect opportunity for all YRE students!

“Changing Planet - Network for Young Photographers” aims to bring the human-nature relationship into focus by using the medium of photography. As a global network, “Changing Planet” shows the effects of our actions on the local levels of the individual actors. With photographic educational projects, exhibitions and symposia, they especially want to reach the younger generation and offer them a platform to train and present their skills.


  • Up to 18 years: Series and single images (3 photos maximum) can be sent in

  • 19-27 years: Series (3 photos maximum) can be sent in

The jury:

  • Maximilian Mann. Documentary photographer, winner of the World Press Photo Award, the Sony World Photography Award and the Voies OFF Award.

  • Sandra Bergemann. Photo artist, has implemented numerous exhibition projects.

  • Jon A. Juárez. Photographer and videographer working on environmental and natural topics and regional leader at the German Society for Nature Photography.

  • Ulrich Nowikow. Head of the Kienbergpark Environmental Education Centre.

The jury is looking forward to your submissions by October 12, 2020, 6 p.m!

Basic conditions:

  • The photos must be taken between October 10th, 2020, midnight and October 11th, 2020, midnight (local time).

  • Filters must not be used and the photos must not be edited.

  • Please send the submissions only as JPG files in good resolution and attach your name, age, city, title and series order. You can send the data with for free. Please use the following email address for this: ubz@ .

  • Please only include portraits with written permission and send them along, otherwise we cannot include your photos in the evaluation.

  • By submitting your photography you agree that we can use your photos for promotional purposes for the competition and the exhibition without any time or space restrictions. We will always try to ensure your name is shown on the picture.

Some inspiration from past YRE competition photos:

PRESS RELEASE: 2020 Travel Retail Awards will raise funds for Litter Less Campaign projects in India


The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) has been selected by TRBusiness and our valued partners at Mars Wrigley to be the beneficiary of funds raised during the 2020 Travel Retail Awards. The third edition of the annual awards ceremony, which was originally scheduled to take place in Singapore in May, will now be held virtually on 29 September during the TRMarketplace Digital Forum. 

The funds raised at the Travel Retails Awards will be directed towards the Litter Less Campaign, a joint initiative of FEE and the Mars Wrigley Foundation. The Litter Less Campaign educates children and youth on the issues of litter and pollution and gives them the opportunity to engage their local communities in awareness-raising activities.

Since its launch in 2011, the Litter Less Campaign has educated over three million students around the world about the challenges of litter and waste and empowered them to become leaders driving sustainability and positive behaviour change in their communities. Phase IV of the Litter Less Campaign was launched in 2019 and will be implemented in 15 countries through two of FEE’s global education programmes: Eco-Schools and Young Reporters for the Environment.

The Travel Retail Awards will raise funds through a charity prize raffle of high-value items donated by the event’s sponsors and participants. Proceeds raised for the Litter Less Campaign at the event will be specifically directed to projects based in twelve schools the region of New Delhi, India. The Litter Less Campaign will engage roughly 6,000 students and reach hundreds of communities in the region, where littering and waste management issues pose serious challenges.  

Click here to donate to the Litter Less Campaign.

Mars Wrigley ITR is proud to partner with TRBusiness to raise funds for the important work of the Litter Less Campaign to drive behaviour change around litter and waste prevention. With support from the travel retail community, we truly believe The Litter Less Campaign will create better communities in India.  We are very excited about the opportunity to drive impact in this way,

— Gary Clarke, General Manager, Mars Wrigley ITR
FEE is very grateful to be the beneficiary of the funds raised at the Travel Retail Awards. The travel retail industry’s generous support and cooperation will be of great help in our ongoing efforts to educate and change the behaviour of children, youth and adults around the world to reduce the negative impacts of litter,
— Daniel Schaffer, CEO, Foundation for Environmental Education

The Litter Less Campaign Video 2020

About the Travel Retail Awards

TRBusiness, retail’s leading provider of duty free and travel retail news, launched the first and only consumer-voted awards dedicated to the travel retail industry in 2018. The game-changing initiative and awards event recognises true ingenuity in travel retailing. It awards airports and products following a judging process, which involves expert research and priceless consumer blogger and video blogger feedback to crown the industry’s trailblazers.

About Foundation for Environmental Education

Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is the world's largest environmental education organisation, with members in 77 countries around the world. Through five ground-breaking programmes that represent the cutting edge in Education for Sustainable Development, FEE empowers people to take meaningful and purposeful action to help create a more sustainable world.

About the Mars Wrigley Foundation

The Mars Wrigley Foundation partners with organisations around the world to help people and communities flourish. Since its establishment in 1987, the Mars Wrigley Foundation has contributed over $70 million USD to projects that support oral health education and care, improve lives in mint- and cocoa-growing regions, prevent litter and waste and create vibrant communities.

PRESS RELEASE - Winners of the International YRE Competition 2020

The finalists of the 2020 Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) International Competition have now been assessed by the International Jury, and the awarded entries have been selected. Over 275,000 students participated in the YRE programme this year, and they produced over 16,000 pieces of environmental journalism for national YRE competitions. The number and quality of entries reflects the continued motivation and dedication of YRE students around the world despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The entries awarded this year showcase YRE students’ great journalistic talent and a deep understanding of the complex environmental issues affecting their local communities. The International Jury has based their assessment on the students’ topic selection, their reflections on how the topic connects to the Sustainable Development Goals and their overall journalistic skills. The awarded entries represent some of the top youth environmental journalism in the world today.  

”YRE gives youths a great platform to tackle global environmental challenges in innovative ways through photos, videos and articles. I was very inspired by the submissions and pleased to see complex environmental issues addressed as well as clear connections to Sustainable Development Goals,"

- Siiri Mäkelä, UNEP and YRE Jury Member.

The YRE International Competition would not be possible without the hard work of our YRE National Operators, whose inspiring efforts have enabled thousands of teachers and students to participate in this year’s competition. It is humbling to see this level of engagement, which empowers more students every year to take an active role in the future of their communities.

This year’s International YRE Jury

This year’s International Jury meeting took place virtually from the 15th-17th of September. The jury has assessed each shortlisted entry thoroughly, and awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, as well as Honourable mentions, based on their technical quality, level of investigation, originality, and dissemination. The International Jury represents expertise across a wide spectrum of fields, and consists of professionals in environmental journalism, corporate social responsibility and Education for Sustainable Development.

“I am happy to rejoin the YRE Jury as I was a member many years ago. I am very impressed by how over the years the quality of the reporting and of the themes chosen for the articles, videos and photos has improved. What has struck me is how committed and engaged the Young Reporters have become and how they have taken on the challenge to tackle key environmental issues at their local level.”

– Bernard Combes, UNESCO


List of Jury Members 2020:

  • Bernard Combes - UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)

  • Anne Vela-Wagner – Mars Wrigley Foundation

  • Torvald Jacobsson - IIIEE (Independent Institute for Innovation, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics), Lund University

  • Christopher Slaney - Freelance Journalist

  • Siiri Mäkelä - UNEP, Kenya

  • P.J. Marcellino - Portuguese-Canadian filmmaker, and a former YRE. Head of Development, Anatomy of Restlessness Films. Founder, Baobab Film Collective

  • James O'Hagan – Reporter in Euronews' Dubai bureau

  • Sasha Karajovic - Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) Executive Board member with responsibility for YRE, Montenegro

  • Filipa Murta – YRE Alumna from Portugal

Find detailed information about each Jury Member here.

About the International YRE Competition

All entries competing in the YRE International Competition have been awarded 1st place in their respective countries’ National YRE competitions earlier this year. The entries are divided into three age groups (11-14, 15-18 and 19-25) as well as three media categories (articles, photos and videos). There is also a special category for International Collaboration. YRE students in countries participating in the Litter Less Campmaign have the opportunity to submit entries concerned with litter and waste issues, which have been assessed separately. All entries have been uploaded on the YRE Competition’s Exposure page.

The International YRE Competition winners for 2020 are:

Article, 11-14 years

1st Place
Title: Toxic Finger Food
Country: Slovakia

2nd Place
Title: Is the Teardrop of Europe weeping?
Country: Montenegro

Honourable Mentions
Title: Be The Right Change You Want to See in the World
Country: Singapore

Title: Reducing livestock mortality caused by household plastic waste
Country: Morocco

Article, 15-18 years

1st Place
Title: Residents Demand Better Used Clothes Recycling
Country: Slovakia

2nd Place
Title: Fireworks – beautiful environmental villains
Country: Sweden

3rd Place
Title: Biomimicry: The Salvation of the Dunes
Country: Puerto Rico

Honourable Mentions
Title: Fuel your body, not pollution: the rise and the problems of online food delivery
Country: International School in Bahrain

Title: Pollution: A Matter of Life and Death
Country: South Africa

Article, 19-25 years

1st Place
Title: Once A Month
Country: Puerto Rico

2nd Place
Title: A paradise for endangered species of wetland birds created thanks to a neglected irrigation system
Country: Czech Republic

3rd Place (shared)
Title: Living Zero Waste As Told By A Singaporean Eco-Warrior
Country: Singapore

Title: Slovak Cities Benefit from Using Rainwater
Country: Slovakia

Single Photo Reportage, 11-25 years

1st Place
Title: The ,,Red Lake'' near Dobro Selo in B&H
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

2nd Place
Title: Deadly Demand
Country: Singapore

3rd Place
Title: Footprint
Country: Israel

Honourable Mentions
Country: India

Title: Cooking Yam in a Traditional Kitchen
Country: Ghana

Single Photo Campaign, 11-25 years

Honourable Mentions
Title: Nature, rest in peace
Country: Montenegro

Title: It's Time To Solve This Puzzle
Country: Portugal

Title: Congratulations, Humanity!
Country: Iceland

Photo Reportage of 3-5 Photos, 11-25 years

1st Place
Title: Five Alternative Solution Models to The Eco-Apocalypse from The New Rurals
Country: Turkey

2nd Place
Title: Mining: a scar on the planet
Country: Portugal

Honourable Mentions
Title: Kilometres Eaten
Country: Slovakia

Title: Making face masks for people of Murugu in Tamale, Ghana
Country: Ghana

Video, 11-14 years

1st Place (as Reportage Video)
Title: Green Algae in Brittany
Country: France

Shared 2nd Place (as Reportage Videos)
Title: How to survive and not dry out
Country: Czech Republic

Title: Hands-on river revival: A community Fixing Their Environment!
Country: South Africa

3rd Place (as Reportage Video)
Title: Polystyrene Snow
Country: Slovakia

3rd Place (as Campaign Video)
Title: The most dangerous pandemic is still human ignorance
Country: Portugal

Honourable Mention (as Reportage Video)
Title: Small Scabious Mining Bee
Country: Scotland

Video, 15-18 years

1st Place (as Reportage Video)
Title: Is there a solution to internet pollution?
Country: Iceland

1st Place (as Campaign Video)
Title: Selfish and Hotdog
Country: Republic of Korea

2nd Place (as Campaign Video)
Title: Ocean Acidification
Country: Puerto Rico

3rd Place (as Campaign Video)
Title: Air Pollution in Sarajevo
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Honourable Mention (as Campaign Video)
Title: Driving Green
Country: Israel

Video, 19-25 years

1st Place (as Reportage Video)
Title: Climate Urgency - Manifestation
Country: Portugal

2nd Place (as Reportage Video)
Title: Cigarette Butts
Country: Argentina

Honourable Mention (as Campaign Video)
Title: What if Human Extinct?
Country: Malaysia

International Collaboration

1st Place (shared)
Title: Food Waste and Climate Change (video)
Countries: Malaysia and Singapore

Title: Plastic Waste - An Intercontinental Problem (video)
Countries: Wales and Spain

Honourable Mention
Title: Trash - A buried nightmare (article)
Countries: Portugal and Montenegro

Litter Less Campaign category:

Article, 11-14 years

1st Place
Title: Oh we do like to be beside the seaside
Country: Wales

2nd Place (shared)
Title: The Natural Respirator
Country: Northern Ireland

Title: To waste our life
Country: New Zealand

Honourable Mention
Title: The Pollution of the Valdemembra River
Country: Spain

Article, 15-18 years

1st Place
Title: Prestige nightmare still haunts Spanish government
Country: Spain

2nd Place
Title: The problem with electronic waste
Country: Northern Ireland

3rd Place
Title: Use of water fountains to reduce plastic waste
Country: Malta

Article, 19-25 years

Honourable Mention
Title: A journey from littering less to litter- less
Country: India

Single Photo Reportage, 11-25 years

1st Place
Title: Recycling makes good business sense
Country: India

2nd Place
Title: Sustainable surfer seeks waste at Sumner
Country: New Zealand

Honourable Mentions
Title: The scream
Country: Malta

Title: Smart shopping choices, why the plastic netting?
Country: Northern Ireland

Single Campaign Photo, 11-25 years

Honourable Mentions
Title: Are you a prisoner to plastic?
Country: Northern Ireland

Title: Shift to glass
Country: Malta

Photo story (3-5 photos), 11-25 years

Honourable Mention
Title: Bench with a view
Country: Malta

Video, 11-14 years

1st Place (as Reportage Video)
Title: From the Seine River to the Pacific Ocean
Country: France

2nd Place (as Reportage Video)
Title: Reusable present wrappings – a gift to the environment
Country: Malta

3rd Place (as Campaign Video)
Title: Not just a dream
Country: New Zealand

Video, 15-18 years

2nd Place (as Reportage Video)
Title: Plastic pollution awareness
Country: Malta

Video, 19-25 years

1st Place (as Reportage Video)
Title: Recycled Wood Furniture
Country: France

Honourable Mention (as Reportage Video)
Title: Another way out upcycling
Country: India

Congratulations to all winners!

PRESS RELEASE: Litter Less Campaign

Since 2011, the Litter Less Campaign has engaged over 3 million students from schools across 35 different countries, making it the longest-running school campaign on litter and waste. The campaign continues to inspire positive behaviour change by educating students, teachers, parents and communities about the critical environmental issues of litter, waste and pollution.

Launched in 2011, the Litter Less Campaign (LLC) is now entering the second year of its fourth phase, which means that Northern Hemisphere countries running the campaign have finalised the first year of phase four. The campaign is a joint initiative of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and the Mars Wrigley Foundation that educates children and youth about the issues of litter, waste and pollution and gives them the opportunity to seek solutions and engage their local communities in awareness-raising activities.

“The Mars Wrigley Foundation is proud to support millions of students around the world through the Litter Less Campaign. Empowering students to lead litter prevention efforts and identify solutions to minimize waste creates better communities for us all. We are particularly appreciative of student’s commitment, creativity and resilience this year as they continued to drive positive behavior change during this challenging time,”

- Anne Vela-Wagner, Executive Director of the Mars Wrigley Foundation.

The Litter Less Campaign focuses on creating positive behaviour change through education, and shapes students into young leaders driving sustainability in their own communities. Students carry out litter action plans and media campaigns aimed at specific litter and waste issues through FEE’s Eco-Schools and Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) programmes.


“We at FEE are excited to initiate the second year of this phase that, so far, has entailed countless challenges of restructuring and adjusting, and we are proud to say that we have continued to educate and empower children and youths around the world, undeterred by these new circumstances. The global threat of litter and waste is just as important now as ever, and we are privileged to be able to continue these efforts with the funding and cooperation of the Mars Wrigley Foundation,”

- Daniel Schaffer, CEO of Foundation for Environmental Education.

A campaign with a clear impact

Research from 2019-2020 shows that the Litter Less Campaign had a positive impact on students’ knowledge, behaviour and opinion leadership with respect to litter and waste management. The research indicates that students who participate in the LLC know more about waste management, are less likely to litter, and are more likely to conserve resources compared with students who do not participate in the campaign. LLC students are also more likely than their peers to encourage others to engage in environmentally responsible behaviour.  During only this past year, an astonishing 464,533 students participated in the campaign and 193 schools implemented recycling systems in response to the campaign.

“The impact of the Litter Less Campaign during these last few years is incredibly huge. Schools have highlighted how the behavior of pupils, staff and members of the community has changed as a positive consequence of it. The increase in awareness in terms of recycling, reusing and reducing is the evidence of the success of this campaign,”

- Julie Giles, former national operator in Northern Ireland.

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge in the latter part of this campaign year. With school lock-downs, curfews, and restrictions on gatherings in place, the whole campaign was forced to restructure. Despite these challenges, participants in the campaign have been incredibly creative and committed to continuing their efforts from home.

Special Eco-Schools and YRE and ES #stayhome campaigns were launched to encourage students and teachers to stay environmentally engaged during school lock-downs. The LLC lesson plans were adjusted for home schooling, and several online meetings and webinars were organised to ensure that participants had the tools and support to continue the campaign from a distance. Although it has been a big adjustment, the majority of participating countries were still able to complete the first year of phase four.

The Litter Less Campaign Video 2020

About the Mars Wrigley Foundation

The Mars Wrigley Foundation partners with organizations around the world to help people and communities flourish. Founded in 1987, the Foundation works to provide oral health education and care, improve lives in mint- and cocoa-growing regions, prevent litter and waste, and create vibrant communities. For more information:

Countries implementing the Litter Less Campaign in 2019-2021

Australia, Brazil, China, England, France, India, Ireland, Kenya, Malta, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Russia, Scotland, Spain and Wales.