Greetings from beautiful Cascais, Portugal! I have traveled to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean with 10 Canadian students, who are in Grade 9 up to 4th year university, and two teachers to take part in an international Litter Less Workshop.

The workshop, which starts later today and will wrap up on Sunday November 2nd, is hosted by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and FEE Portugal, and will bring together students and teachers from eight countries (Kazakstan, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Turkey, FYR Macedonia, Malta and Italy).

During the next few days, participants will learn more about waste issues and will investigate solutions by using photography, videography and writing. They will also hear from a variety of keynote speakers ranging from government officials to professional journalists. And finally, they will have the chance to collaborate with each other and learn about each other’s cultures.

The Canadian students were invited to take part in this workshop after winning top honours in the YRE Canada competition (formerly known as Canada’s Next Green Journalist) last year (you can take a look at their winning entries on our website). Open to youth ages 11–14 and 15-18, YRE Canada’s annual national competition is an opportunity for young people to contribute an article, photo or video about litter and waste management. The program is part of FEE’s international Young Reporters for the Environment Program.

The next few days are sure to be an incredible experience full of sharing ideas, learning, and new friendships. Be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.

Are you between the ages of 11-18? Would you like to get involved with YRE Canada this year? Environmental Defence is currently accepting submissions for this year’s competition until March 31st. Visit to learn more.