The program develops participants’ skills and knowledge about the environment, enhances communication and citizenship skills, individual initiative, teamwork, critical analysis, social responsibility, and leadership abilities.
YRE uses a tried and tested four-step methodology:
Step 1: Investigate a local environmental issue
Identify and define a local environmental issue
Investigate (look up, compare, interpret, evaluate) relevant information from primary and secondary sources
Identify key individuals and groups and find out what their different perspectives on the issue are, their approaches to resolving it, and their assumptions and goals
Conduct original research, such as surveys/questionnaires, and interview key individuals or groups to obtain first-hand information
Cover relevant historical, economic, social and/or political implications and possible consequences of the issue
Link the local environmental issue to the bigger global picture
Step 2: Research solutions to a local environmental problem or issue
Identify possible solutions through experts/stakeholders voices to the environmental issue and evaluate its likely effectiveness, giving reasons for and against (pros and cons)
The solutions presented have to be thoroughly explained, well argued and justified
Step 3: Report on the local environmental issue and its possible solutions through a journalistic piece
Identify your target audience and choose the best way to reach and communicate with them, i.e. which media do they read/watch/listen to?
Plan how you will report on the issue (who needs to be informed? how? when?) and use the appropriate journalistic format and style
Create an article, photograph, or video that documents the environmental issue; where possible you should suggest a solution through the experts/stakeholders voices
Take a positive approach to inspiring change and finding a solution
Step 4: Disseminate with the local audience:
Share (disseminate) your work to a local audience through the media, e.g. newspaper, magazine, radio, television, social media, exhibition, film show, local events, etc.
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Keep Australia Beautiful acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.