Young Reporters for the Environment through the Litter Less Campaign (Phase V)
Litter Less Campaign is an environmental literacy project implemented through the Young Reporters for Environment programme (YRE-LLC) aiming at providing youth with the necessary skills to raise awareness and take action on local sustainability issues, by reporting on these issues as young journalists
Copenhagen | Started on 1/1/2022 – Concluded on 31/12/2024
The YRE-LLC is an educational and awareness-raising campaign that aims to empower students and give them with the necessary skills to act as young environmental journalists so they can raise awareness on synergies between pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change. The project’s fifth phase is running from January 2022 to December 2024 in 20 countries but has been implemented with the help of the Mars Wrigley Foundation since 2011. Since its initiation, the campaign has educated over five million students and from 2022 (Phase V) it is also being implemented through UNESCO ASPnet schools and by the World Organisation of the Scouts Movement (WOSM). The inclusion of these two partners represent an important milestone in the development of the campaign as a true global environmental campaign.
Following a simplistic and unique journalistic approach, the project supports students in acquiring IT, communication and expression skills as well as enquiry and problem-solving skills. Participants in the YRE-LLC learn to produce articles, photographs and videos illustrating the issues they try to solve that adhere to a set of strict journalistic criteria. The best works by students are typically sent to national YRE competitions and ultimately to an international YRE competitions where a jury comprising of known journalists and researchers awards the most impactful articles, photos and videos. FEE then disseminates these works through its vast network of NGOs.
Through their work, students learn to bring about positive change by changing their own behaviour, by acting as role models, and by catalyzing a societal change in their community as opinion leaders and active citizens.
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