[:en]Young Reporters for the Environment Litter Less Campaign is an international journalism competition run in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy on behalf of FEE (The Foundation for Environmental Education). It empowers young people between 11-21 to take a stand on a global fight against litter and articulate these issues through writing, photography and video.
We are delighted to announce the national winning entries in Wales for 2018 were:
Written article 11-14 years – 1st Johnston Scouts Group in Pembrokeshire who wrote a fascinating account of the plight of nesting gannets on Grassholm Island. Read the full article here.
Written article 15-18 years – Pupils from Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi tackled plastic pollution and demonstrated how a small town like Cardigan in West Wales can help a global problem by becoming plastic free. Read the full article here.
Video – The Eco Club from Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy produced a persuasive video challenging their fellow pupils not to drop litter. View it here.
Photography – Gaer Primary School created an image with a powerful message using hundreds of discarded gloves found on a coastal clean up in Newport. View it here.
When asked about winning the competition, 1st Johnston Scouts said:
“It was great working together learning about the problems facing the gannets so close to home, interviewing people and writing the article. We really enjoyed it and learnt so much – from the skills needed to be a good journalist through to the distance marine litter travels and how big the problem is across the world. So many local people had no idea about the gannet’s struggle until they saw our exhibition in the library, so we know we’re already making a difference by raising awareness. “
“We are overjoyed to have won such a challenging competition, and it’s amazing to now be representing Wales in the International competition, and of course reporting on the Volvo Ocean Race Summit in Cardiff next month.”
Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy and a judge on the national YRE jury said;
“2018 is Year of the Sea in Wales and we were delighted to see many aspiring young journalists around the country using their creative skills to raise awareness of waste and litter and demonstrate how everyone can help locally to deal with a global problem.”
For more information on the Young Reporters for the Environment programme, visit www.keepwalestidy.cymru[:cy]