Stewarton student selected to report on United Nations event

Young Reporters Scotland winner set to get the scoop on climate change conference.

Jasmine Lawrie, 18, from Stewarton near Kilmarnock, is is one of just 6   other Young Reporters from across the world in Poland to cover the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24).

COP24 is a historic meeting of the representatives of the world which will adopt decisions to tackle the impacts of climate change.

Jasmine was selected for this opportunity as an ambassador for Scotland, having been chosen as the winner of the annual Young Reporters Scotland competition in 2017 -  in recognition of Jasmine’s talent for journalism. 

“I am really excited to be covering this conference and specifically helping to raise the profile of really important climate change issues. I would like to thank Keep Scotland Beautiful and Young Reporters for the Environment for allowing me this opportunity. I hope that my articles help to encourage people to be more aware of their own environment and act to protect our planet.” Jasmine Lawrie, Young Reporter

The initiative is part of the Young Reporters for the Environment programme, which runs in 36 countries across the world. As part of the programme, Jasmine was selected, alongside five other young reporters from Canada, Malta, Portugal and Singapore, to attend the conference and report back - providing young people with the opportunity to explore the issues being discussed and report back to their peers.

At the conference Jasmine will be tasked with compiling two separate items on climate change and will undertake interviews with climate negotiators from around the world - all of which will be shared online and on social media. 


“We are really proud that Jasmine has been selected to take part in the reporting of the COP24 discussions. This is a fantastic opportunity for Jasmine as a Young Reporter ambassador to become further engaged in the environmental issues that she is so passionate about. Young Reporters Scotland is an excellent opening for anyone aged 8 - 26 to use their journalistic talents and give their environment a voice - using photography, film and writing. I hope that many more will follow in Jasmine’s footsteps to pursue their passion.”  Michelle Gillan, Education Development Officer

Further information about Young Reporters Scotland can be found at http://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/yrs

05 December 2018

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