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.

Following the Welsh National winners announcement last month, we are delighted to announce that two Welsh entries have made it onto the international stage.

1st Johnston Scouts Group from Pembrokeshire were automatically entered to into the International Litter Less Campaign competition after winning the ‘Written article 11-14 years’ category in Wales and succeeded entries from Malta and Northern Ireland to be awarded first place. The news was announced during the YRE Wales ceremony at the Keep Wales Tidy’s Big Schools event. There couldn’t have been a better place to share the fantastic triumph of the Scouts as the event focused marine litter and the creative solutions undertaken by young people from across the world.

When asked about winning the competition, 1st Johnston Scouts said:

It was such a surprise to hear when we were up on the stage receiving the national award that we had won the International one too – we couldn’t believe it, what fantastic news! We had an epic day out in Cardiff. We learnt how much plastic waste is affecting wildlife globally but were also inspired to see that we can make a difference in our everyday lives by using materials other than plastic.


Read the Scout’s blog here about what if feels like winning the International competition.


Group Scouter Pat Dixon said;

It means so much to us as a Group to have won both the National and International competitions. I’m so very proud of our Scouts and it’s a real motivation to get involved in further projects. The whole experience of working on the article, the day in Cardiff, and having the Scouts hard work recognised in this way will stay with us forever.


Pupils from Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi, Ceredigion also received an Honourable mention in the International ‘Written article 15-18 year’ Litter Less campaign. Their article looked at how a small town like Cardigan in West Wales can help the plastic pollution problem by becoming plastic free.  Read the full article here

Joanna Friedli, YRE Co-ordinator in Wales said;

It’s fantastic to see our Welsh entries do so well on an international level as it really shows the quality of reporting done by 1st Johnstons Scout Group and Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi pupils. I’m very proud of all the young people who were involved in YRE in Wales and hope it goes from strength to strength in coming years.

FEE received a total of 178 entries from 30 countries for both the International YRE Competition and for the Litter Less Campaign competition. This is the largest number of entries FEE has ever received, emphasising the great global interest in the YRE programme and the Litter Less Campaign.

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