ECO-UNESCO - July 2015 E-Bulletin
E-BULLETIN July 2015

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ECO-UNESCO attending the World Environmental Education Congress in Sweden 

94f2ewSHundreds of delegates from organisations all around the globe with a stake in environmental and sustainability education took part in the international World Environmental Education Congress 2015 that was held in Gothenburg, Sweden, between June 29th and July 2nd.
ECO-UNESCO as a leader in environmental education and education for sustainable development in Ireland, represented by Elaine Nevin, National Director attended the conference and presented on ECO-UNESCO’s experience of ‘Youth Engagement and Empowerment through Action Projects and Peer Education – Case studies of ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards and Youth for Sustainable Development Programmes’ on the 30th of June during one of the Parallel sessions.
The WEEC2015 is an international meeting point for everyone working with Education for Environment and Sustainable Development. WEEC 2015 is an opportunity to learn more about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share their work and to hear from global experts about the latest in environmental research, industry policy developments, and educational programs.
The congress covered different themes in 2015 such as “Planet and People – how can they develop together?”, taking Children seriously in addressing global challenges, Environmental education and poverty reduction, (Re) emerging concepts for environmental stewardship and sustainability or new perspectives on research in environmental and sustainability education.
‘ECO-UNESCO was delighted to be attending this international congress; it was a great opportunity to learn from other international programmes and build relations with other organisations focused on environmental education and education for sustainable development around the world; we were delighted to be presenting on our work here’ commented Elaine Nevin, National Director of ECO-UNESCO Clubs Ireland.
The five-day Congress program encouraged participants to learn and share new ways of thinking and to explore new trends in research and practice in environmental education.

 


ECO-Explorers Summer Camp for Kids

IMG_2919Our places for our Kids' Summer Camp are filling up very quickly! The camps are running throughout July and August at some of the green areas around Dublin and this year kids' are exploring, interacting and learning about Dublin’s nature through outdoor adventures, interactive games, hands-on activities and much more such as bug safaris, building hedgehog houses and getting great ideas to take home with them in our creative arts and crafts recycling workshop. Early drop off and late collection is available free of charge (9am-5pm).

Just 
click here or e-mail our Environmental Youth Officer Jenna at youth@ecounesco.ie to book your child's place today!  
 
Youth for Sustainable Development

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Over 20 young people from our Youth for Sustainable Development; Global Youth Leaders for Change Peer Education programme (Y-PEPS) took part in Stop Climate Chaos’ photo opportunity on Sandymount strand to raise awareness about the upcoming Climate Change Bill currently going through the Oireachtas. Along with the Heads in the Sand stunt the young people also engaged with the general public on the impacts of sea level raising due to Climate Change. The young people are urging others to take action now to mitigate against Climate Change rather than focusing all our attention on adaptation.
If you are interested in taking action on climate change or would like to learn more about Sustainable Development in a fun and interactive way then check out our website ; http://www.ecounesco.ie/programmes/youth-for-sustainable-development or contact Feidhlim at ysd@ecounesco.ie

The next group will be starting in September so make sure you book your place as numbers are limited!


“For youth our most valuable resource is our future”

QactpQsThis quote was taken from one of our Y-PEPs Amy Colgan when she was presenting at the Climate Justice Conference hosted by Trócaire in Maynooth. Amy has been a member of our Youth for Sustainable Development; Global youth leaders for Change Peer Education programme (Y-PEPS) for the last year and a half and is very passionate about educating others on the importance of protecting and conserving our environment. Amy was speaking about the need for people to take action now to combat Climate Change and secure a future for all on the planet. Amy’s talk was tweeted about by numerous people who were at the event and were very impressed by her enthusiasm. Well done Amy!!!



Are you passionate about conserving our planet and natural environment just like Amy? Then why not find out more about us by checking our website at;
http://www.ecounesco.ie/programmes/youth-for-sustainable-development or contact Feidhlim at ysd@ecounesco.ie

The next group will be starting in September so make sure you book your place as numbers are limited!



Young Environmentalist Awards 2015 Exhibition

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Thanks to all of you who visited our Young Environmentalist Awards 2015 Exhibition at the European Union House at Dawson Street during the past month! 

We were glad to see some of the winners and people who attended our Young Environmentalist Awards 2015 Showcase and Awards Ceremony there!

Now is the time to start planning and preparing your local action project for the YEA 2016

Registration for Young Environmentalist Awards 2016 is now open! To register, check our website or e-mail our Young Environmentalists Award Programme Coordinator at yea@ecounesco.ie


 
Learning2Change Our World

skDyDsZECO-UNESCO have successfully completed the Learning2Change Our World Programme for 2014-2015! Well done to all the of the 20 participating schools -  the regional workshops; in-school trainings for staff and students; and the various Weeks of Action were fantastic! We have had some wonderful feedback and will be delivering the programme again in 2015-2016 so if you’re interested make sure you contact us as places are limited.
 
ECO-UNESCO successfully supported our various schools within the programme to undertake 19 different awareness raising action projects on global justice and sustainable development related issues for their ‘Week of Action’! Congratulations to all the schools who participated and a special well done to those 10 projects who were shortlisted for the Young Environmentalist Awards and the 3 who won prizes in their respective categories (Water, ECO Art and Design & Transport)!!  The media blitz which coincided with the week of earth day was a particular success with Facebook and Twitter alive with exciting images and messages from groups undertaking their actions. These were retweeted with over 1797 followers and posted on Facebook with 2076 likes and 983 friends.
 
Thanks again to all of the participating schools and if you did not participate this year but are interested in getting involved next year please contact learning2change@ecounesco.ie for more information.



 

Green Pathways ll - Environmental Studies and Skills


IMG_3473 4We would like to welcome our new Green Pathways participants to ECO-UNESCO who commenced the Green Pathways programme on the 8th of June. We wish them every success on the course and we look forward to working with them over the coming months!
Our first class have recently completed their work placement phase and we are delighted with the outcomes; we will be continuing to work with our participants in our weekly job clubs until May 2016!

The aim of this free programme is to progress participants who have been unemployed for more than one year, onto paid employment. This course is open to all ages but is specifically focused on the under 25’s. All participants will receive professional environmental training, motivational training and a valuable work placement to help them get their ‘foot in the door’ to companies and organisations they may not otherwise have access to.

With the green economy earmarked as an area for huge growth, the programme focuses on up-skilling people today, allowing them to be at the forefront of one of tomorrow’s leading sectors. Job-seekers interested in either developing a career in sustainable development/the environment upskilling as a gardener, horticulturist, ecologist or environmental consultant, people are bound to find this programme a huge advantage in progressing onto paid employment.


For further information, contact the Green Pathways ll Project Officer, Niamh Hand, on greenpathways@ecounesco.ie or call 01 662 5491.
 
ECO-UNESCO's Environmental Youth Section

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Energy seems to be the topic of the moment!
Our Environmental Youth Officer delivered ECO-Watchers workshops at Presentation Senior School, Mullingar, before their summer break!


These ECO-Watchers workshops were funded by Local Authorities, however you  can also book your own ECO-Watchers workshops on our website. ECO-Watchers workshops are an excellent accompaniment to your school’s Green flag process, and cover the following topics: Climate change, Energy, Biodiversity, Water and Waste.

Check our website if you wish to know more about our Workshops!


To book an ECO-UNESCO Workshop please, contact our Environmental Youth Officer Jenna Cains on youth@ecounesco.ie

 

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Do you want to set up your own environmental club and become part of our ECO-UNESCO Clubs programme. If you want to start a club in your school, youth group or local community, then get in touch with us and we’ll help provide you with the support and resources you need to make your club a success.

Just contact clubs@ecounesco.ie or phone us on 01 662 5491 to find out more.




 
 ECO-UNESCO Training Courses 
Want us to deliver as outreach to your organisation?
Just contact us on 01 662 5491 to arrange!

ECO-UNESCO's Short Courses
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Short Training Course Fees 

€70: ECO-UNESCO members, students, unwaged, young people under 25 

€80: Voluntary and community sector

€90: Statutory 

Special Offer: Book Environmental Education Course 1+2 and get a 10% discount

Are you a job-seeker?
Funding options are available - contact us for details. (Unemployed people registered with FÁS may be eligible for a Technical Employment Support Grant for this course)


 

 

Director's Corner

Dear friends of ECO-UNESCO, 

We’ve had an excellent start to the summer so far! Our ECO-Explorers camps will start on July 6th and will run until the end of August! We are delighted that the camps have proved to be so popular and we look forward to sharing with all of the children what they can do to help protect the environment, while having a lot of fun at the same time!

I attended the World Environmental Education Congress that was held in Gothemburg, Sweden and presented on ECO-UNESCO’s experience of ' Youth Engagement and Empowerment through Action Projects and Peer Education - Case studies of ECO-UNESCO's Young Environmentalist Awards and Youth for Sustainable Development. The WEEC is an international meeting point for everyone working with Education for Environment and Sustainable Development. This congress will encourage us, participants, to learn and share new ways of thinking and to explore new trends in research and practice in environmental education. 

It has also been a busy time for the teen members of ECO-UNESCO. Our teen camp took place at the end of June with some very green teens having a really fun time with our workshops and outdoor nature excursions and we look forward to welcoming even more young people to the camp next year!

ECO-UNESCO Clubs are in full swing this summer. Young people from across Ireland are busy carrying out environmental activities as part of the ECO-UNESCO Clubs in Action programme. 

We look forward to seeing the results of their work this autumn!

Donations to help support our important youth and environmental work can be made via our online platform with the option of either a once off donation or monthly direct debit. Your support would be greatly appreciated and would go a long way towards sustaining our viatal youth empowerment and environmental protection programmes.


As you can see, we have a jam packed summer ahead. We hope you can support us and get involved where possible.

Until next month, be sure to keep up to date with all our news and events on TwitterFacebook and our website

Elaine Nevin,

National Director ECO-UNESCO

 

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ECO-UNESCO is Ireland's environmental education and youth organisation affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA). ECO-UNESCO is part-funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs' Youth Service Grant Scheme with the support from the National Lottery fund. For more information email ECO-UNESCO.

ECO-UNESCO is a registered charity (No. CHY 7225)

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