Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Litter Less Programme and Competition 2022

Projects and programmes

Posted: 23 November 2021
Notice reference #: 1HARVe

Do you teach Y7–13 students? Or are you a tertiary student looking for a challenge?

YRE Litter Less New Zealand is a national enviro-journalism education programme and competition that gives young people the opportunity to be part of the solution by producing creative and engaging environmental journalism.

The competition is open to students aged 11–25 years who register for the YRE programme. Age categories for the competition are 11–14, 15–18, and 19–25 years.

Participants investigate and report on environmental issues relating to litter, waste and/or environmental pollution, and propose solutions by using video, photography or writing. They then share their work via an environmental campaign. The goal of YRE Litter Less is to reduce litter and effect long-term behaviour change among young people. It aims to empower young people to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues. The programme offers these enthusiastic young people a chance to make their voices heard and to feel that they are being listened to.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful provide schools with free resources including a classroom guide, student handbooks and worksheets. Using these resources you can then choose how best to incorporate this programme in your school and classroom curriculum.

Students submit their projects to the YRE national competition in August to win cool electronic prizes and the opportunity to attend a winners workshop and national award ceremony.

YRE is an international programme, run throughout 45 countries and there are opportunities for past and present YRE students to apply for scholarships to attend global environmental forums.

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Further information

Contact: Christine White

 (0800) 843 954