YRE Newsletter April 2021
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Welcome to this April YRE Newsletter!
This has been a busy month of new launches, campaigns and virtual events - and there is more to come! We are in the middle of Global Action Days, we have the winners from the Trash Hack Campaign, and new courses on FEE Academy. We also have some updates from our Young Reporters out there, so make sure to read this month's newsletter so you don't miss out on any exciting news!

Stay active and safe,
The YRE International Team

Your Actions Matter!

The Global Action Days 2021 Campaign, in partnership with Now.Here., will engage youth through the Treasure Earth app in small positive actions (Handprints) that each one of us can take to become more compassionate towards Earth. The campaign will mobilise the power of our network and demonstrate how small individual action can have a great impact on our own and our Earth’s wellbeing.

The campaign is designed as a 21-days journey of ‘Compassionate Actions’. These actions will inspire participants to live and act differently by crystallising intentions into concrete actions and new patterns of positive behaviour. Find out more about the campaign here.

Follow us on social media to see daily updates from the campaign! We just finished the first week where we focused on Protecting Global Biodiversity - and we are currently working to Reduce Environmental Pollution! Will you join us?

To register for the campaign, please contact the National Operator in your country:
Learning About Forests
Young Reporters for Environment

If you are not able to download the Treasure Earth app - don't worry! Find all activities here.

Watch this video from Portugal celebrating the launch of Global Action Days!

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.

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    

Since the campaign was in collaboration with UNESCO ASPnet, they invite everyone involved in the campaign to come together on 11 May, 13:30 - 15:00 CEST to celebrate their Trash Hacks, share some good practice examples and encourage others to act! Register for the webinar here.

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
See more photos from the campaign here.

Get Ready for Earth Action Hub!
Workshop Registrations will open soon

The final preparations for Earth Action Hub are in full swing! During the first week of May, registered participants will be able to sign up to 16 fantastic workshops run by a number of inspiring individuals and organisations such as UNICEFUNEPGlobal Center on AdaptationClimate AmbassadorsPermaYouthYouth Climate ReportOzGreen, and many more!  

Workshop seats are limited to approx. 50 people per session and will be allocated according to the principle of first come, first serve. So remember to register for Earth Action Hub and keep an eye on the website early next month to secure your spot!

What time zones will Earth Action Hub cover?
There will be multiple parallel live sessions (talks, conversations, and workshops) taking place during the times below, so there should be something for everyone:
  • 02:00pm-8:00pm UTC on May 21 
  • 07:00am to 07:30pm UTC on May 22
  • 07:00am to 03:00pm UTC on May 23
There will also be a number of inspiring resources and virtual spaces to explore on the platform available at any time over the three days.

Is it your first time hearing about Earth Action Hub?
Earth Action Hub is a youth-led online event and community dedicated to empower people to take climate action. On the 21-23 May 2021, the inaugural event of EAH will take place and is open to everyone aged 16+. 
Earth Action Hub is hosted by Foundation for Environmental Education and is organised by a dedicated team of seven individuals from around the world.  
How can you support Earth Action Hub?
One of our highest priorities is to ensure inclusivity. The event and the platform is completely free for anyone to join and we intend to keep it this way. If you have the means to support this vision, any amount, no matter the size, will be immensely appreciated. Learn more about donations here.
You can also help us build momentum and get the newest updates by following Earth Action Hub on social media: Facebook - Instagram - Twitter

New Course on FEE Academy! 

We are excited to be launching another FEE Academy course for you! From May 5th, you’ll be able to enroll in the course “Strategies to Advance Circular Economy” where you’ll learn about the basic principles of the Circular Economy and discover ways in which YOU can contribute to it.

Never heard of the Circular Economy? Not a problem! Strategies to Advance Circular Economy is an introductory course for anyone aged 16 and older. Learn more about the relationship between sustainability and the Circular Economy, develop your critical and systems thinking skills, and come up with your very own Circular Economy design solution! This course is self-paced and will be accessible until June 14th (though it’s so dynamic and fun, we’re sure you’ll finish in no time!).

To get started, create an account on FEE Academy. You will then be given the enrollment key in order to join the course.

*Depending on where you live, the age of consent for digital minors may be above 16 years old. If you are unable to create an account, please contact your National Operator. If you live in a country that does not run the Young Reporters for the Environment programme, please contact Pramod Kumar Sharma ( for assistance.

BREEF hosts Virtual Youth Environmental Leadership Summit

The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational  Foundation (BREEF) convened its second Youth Environmental Leadership Summit virtually on March 30th and 31st, 2021 under the theme “Carbon, Corals and Conservation.”  During the two-day summit, over 80 students and educators from Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, Cat Island, Exuma, New Providence, Bermuda, and the U. S. Virgin Islands examined the impact of human-induced carbon emissions on coral reef ecosystems. These young people shared their stories of how they are protecting the coral reefs that protect us, and they inspired each other to take action.  

Other presenters included, Young Reporters for the Environment alumna Georgia Birkwieser, Bishop Michael Eldon Schools Eco-Schools students Heather Brockbank and Nevaeh Russell, Cat Island Conservation Institute’s Intern, Camesha Wilburgh, Ministry of Works Assistant Environmental Specialist , Alexio Brown, world-renowned underwater photographer, Shane Gross and Lucaya International School Eco-Schools students Isabella Gouthro, Jeanine Tinajero, and Loisa Wiegand.

“I was truly impressed by all of the students who participated during the Youth Summit. In particular, their conversations about how their schools and communities are taking action to combat climate change and plastic pollution were truly inspiring,” stated BREEF’s YRE Coordinator Allison Ballester-Longley on the success of the summit. Read about the event here.

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. Read more about this project here.

FEE's relaunched Global Forest Fund is up and running, so remember to offset your travel emissions by contributing via the emissions calculator at

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