Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is an international competition aiming to engage young people in resolving environmental issues. In Wales, Mars Wrigley is supporting the YRE Litter Less programme through Keep Wales Tidy. 

Anyone between 11 and 25 can take part by investigating a local litter issue and propose solutions through published reporting, photographic and video journalism.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of sustainable development along with developing communication and citizenship skills. Entries can by submitted by individuals or as a group showing initiative and teamwork, along with critical analysis, social responsibility and leadership learnings. 

There has never been a better time to take action. With the likes of Greta Thunberg demanding change on the world stage to schools across Wales taking part in youth-led Climate Strikes, there is plenty of inspiration and unfortunately, problems to focus on.

This year brings some exciting changes to YRE in Wales with a focus on 'Reducing Plastic Waste'. Plastic waste is a huge problem and YRE gives the opportunity to investigate and suggest solutions to reduce this waste. From beach cleans to ditching plastic straws, to promoting reusable cups and sustainable menstrual products, small changes can lead to big shifts in behaviour. 

To find out how you can get involved, or to encourage others to take part, visit the YRE page on the Keep Wales Tidy website www.keepwalestidy.cymru/yre