Witnessing the global change of the environment, Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) originated in France in 1991, during an international youth mission to Kiruna (Sweden). The mission was to understand ozone layer depletion and explain the problem to a larger public audience. The ozone layer problem revealed complexity of environmental issues and how essential it is to explain that basic local behavior can be responsible for global problems. To deal with this issue, a program using journalistic investigation and reportage was identified as a powerful tool to motivate global youth: tomorrow’s leaders. Since 1997, the program has been managed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Today we have 70,000+ students and 7,500+ teachers in 31 countries (and counting) involved in the program.
Why participate in Young Reporters for the Environment?
In communities across the nation, you'll find countless issues that impact the natural environment and, along with it, human health and well-being. By telling these stories, you can help people understand what is at stake and what solutions are available.
By participating in YRE-USA, students will gain valuable academic and career skills in the following areas:
YRE-USA can be utilized in many different settings, from journalism class to after-school clubs, to:
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