Litter Less Plus

Acting against pollution

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is one of the world’s largest environmental education organisations with over 100 members in 81 countries. Since 1981 FEE has sought to engage and empower people through education in collaboration with partners worldwide, to build a sustainable world in which education creates positive change for all.

In 2021 FEE released a 10-year strategic plan called ‘GAIA 20:30’ which had three critical goals in mind:

  • To empower climate action
  • To reduce environmental pollution
  • To protect global biodiversity.

Through FEE’s global network, which Keep New Zealand Beautiful is a part of, they’ve made progress but they still need everyone’s support.

Through their Litter Less Plus campaign, which is a follow-on campaign to FEE’s GAIA 20:30 campaign, FEE are focusing on reducing litter, waste, and invisible pollutants and promoting a circular economy approach.

The campaign is aimed at both students and educators, featuring activities and opportunities to share best practices with a global network.

Globally, we have a lofty goal, to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees*. This is going to require everyone doing their bit, which is why Litter Less Plus is for EVERYONE. There are many ways to get involved whether you are an ECE, school or kura, youth group, university club or an individual with a passion to make a difference.

*This goal was set out as part of the Paris Agreement which was established on 12 December 2015 at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris France. It was adoped by 196 Parties with the overarching goal to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels” and pursue efforts “to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.”

How to get involved in Litter Less Plus


Take a Litter Less Plus quiz to test your knowledge about responsible consumption and the negative impacts of litter and waste.

FEE Academy Courses

Do you want to be able to teach about topics including pollution or circular economy? Sign up to one of the FEE academy courses.

Lesson plans

Take the difficulty out of lesson planning by utilising a FEE lesson plan.

Global Action Days

Get involved by registering for FEE’s Global Action Days 2024. Taking place from 22 April – 3 May, the 2024 Global Action Days focus on pollution and litter reduction.

Best practice

Have you taken part in our Young Reporters for the Environment or Eco-Schools programmes? Have you implemented a great initiative or have an awesome idea on litter, waste or circular economy you would like to share? Share it here!

What is a circular economy?

A circular economy is an economy in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each resources life – it is an alternative to the traditional linear economy.

Watch this video for a more detailed explanation of circular economy.

Source: Ministry for the Environment