June 2015 E-Bulletin
E-BULLETIN June 2015

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ECO-UNESCO invited as a Key Partner in the implementation of UNESCO's Global Action Programme 

The first meeting of UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) Key Partner Network was held in Paris, France during May 26thand May 27th at the UNESCO Head Quarters.  ECO-UNESCO Clubs Ireland, Ireland's environmental education and youth organisation, were invited to participate as a Key Partner due to its work in education for sustainable development (ESD) in Ireland.  The meeting had over 70 stakeholders from all regions of the world, including representatives of government, intergovernmental and civil society organisations, the private sector and academia. 

UNESCO has established the five Partner Networks, one for each of the five Priority Action Areas of the GAP: policy support, whole-institution approaches, educators, youth and local communities. GAP Partner Networks are one of the main implementation mechanisms of the GAP. The Networks will create synergies for the activities of their members and catalyse actions by other stakeholders. The meeting in Paris served to formally establish the five Partner Networks of the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP), discuss and elaborate an initial workplan for each Partner Network, including key implementation milestones; and define within each Partner Network responsibilities, coordination and working methods. ECO-UNESCO is  joining the Key Partner Network in Priority Action Area 4 (Empowering and mobilizing youth).

ECO-UNESCO Clubs runs a wide range of education and youth programmes focused on education for sustainable development including Youth for Sustainable Development Programme; Global Youth Leaders for Change, the Young Environmentalist Awards, Learning2Change our World and promotes ESD through a variety of initiatives to engage and support young people, youth leaders, educators and youth workers interested in Sustainability issues.

ECO-UNESCO at Bloom in the Phoenix Park

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Over 95,000 people attended Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend. The unpredictable weather didn't dampen the spirits as crowd poured into the 70 acre site to enjoy the festival, which marks the unofficial start of the summer season!

ECO-UNESCO was delighted to attend Bloom this year to raise awareness about different environmental issues such as Waste, Energy, Climate Change and Biodiversity. It was great to meet with so many of you at the event and we look forward to your greater involvement with ECO-UNESCO into the future!

If you met us at Bloom this year, drop us a line contacting us on TwitterFacebook or at communications@ecounesco.ie!

Young Environmentalist Awards 2015 Showcase and Awards Ceremony

E5lPMfLOn May 13th over 700 young people, teachers and leaders from all over the island of Ireland descended on the Mansion House for Ireland’s largest youth ECO-Action event. With 80 projects on display it was the biggest showcase to date and the excitement, dedication and hard work of all the finalists was visible to everybody present, not least to our special guests, Professor Patrick McKeever, Chief of Section at the Global Earth Observation Section and Secretary of the International Geoscience Programme at UNESCO; Mr. Sean Sherlock TD Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs and Cllr Claire Byrne. 

eSbjFR4The standard of projects this year was fantastic and judges had a really tough job picking the awardees. The award for Overall Senior Winner went to young people from Scoil Chonglais for their project 'B&B for Birds and Bugs’ which also scooped the Senior Biodiversity Award. The Overall Junior Winner went to young people from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál for their biodiversity project entitled ‘Blarney Bats Babes’ while there were two winners of the Super Junior Category with young people from The Little Monsters and St. Ibars National School sharing the title between them. 

IMG_0180 2A big thanks to all of our supporters, sponsors, prize funders, judges and to all of the young people, teachers, leaders and parents for their support of the programme!

Now is the time for you to start thinking about what action project you may undertake for the Young Environmentalist Awards 2016!

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

ECO-Teen Summer Camp 22th-26th June

IMG_2812Our ECO Teen Summer Camp for 12-16 year olds will take place at C2 The Complex in Benburn Street, Dublin 7, from the 22nd to the 26th of June. This action packed week for green teens has activities focused on learning about the natural heritage of various habitats close to Dublin’s city centre. Day-trips to the Grand Canal, the River Liffey and Urban Parklands will be included in the camp, along with interactive workshops and creative activities on biodiversity. We also offer early drop off and late collection available at no extra cost! 

Now is your chance to have fun whilst protecting the environment!

Book online today or e-mail our Youth Environmental Officer Jenna at youth@ecounesco.ie to secure your place!

ECO-Explorers Summer Camp for Kids

IMG_2919Our places for our Kids' Summer Camp are filling up very quickly! The camps will run throughout July and August at Phoenix Park and this year kids' will explore, interact and learn 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).

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; Global Youth Leaders for Change

YLsHxVECongratulations to our Young Environmentalist Award winners from our YSD group!
Four groups from our Youth for Sustainable Development; Global Youth Leaders for Change Peer Education programme (Y-PEPS) were awarded for their local action projects at this year’s Young Environmentalist Awards Ceremony in the Mansion House on May 13th. The variety of projects and work undertaken by the Y-PEPS was reflected in the various awards achieved, including the Local to Global Award for celebrating World Water Day, the senior Biodiversity award for their work on the importance of bees and pollinators, senior Climate Change Award where they explored the connections between human activity, deforestation and climate change to finally Senior Transport where they looked at alternative transport options for young people.

To read more about these local action projects and see what other really interesting work was undertaken by young people around the country check out the shortlisted projects at our website!

H8VCrPdREHAB Stillorgan are rewarded for their work on Sustainability!
This year REHAB Stillorgan received their bronze Award in ECO-UNESCO’s ECO Sustainability Awards programme. The ECO Sustainability Award is about developing and promoting the skills, attitudes and behaviour that both adults and young people need to create more sustainable organisations. Sustainability is not just about ‘being Green’ it is also about social equity, inclusion and justice – in all dimensions of our lives.

If you are interested in celebrating and rewarding the work that your youth and community organisation is undertaking in beginning to lead the way towards a more socially and environmentally just future for all then check out our website or contact Feidhlim here in the office on 01- 6625491.

2xfVgQfYSD programme preparing for COP21
This summer sees the young people from the Youth for Sustainable Development; Global youth leaders for Change Peer Education Programme (Y-PEPS) undertaking a series of activities  to raise awareness about Climate change and COP21 which will be happening this December in Paris. The Y-PEPS are undertaking a series of workshops at our Summer location in C2 The Complex located beside the Phoenix Park. They will explore more about how our actions here in the Global North are contributing to climate change, what actions can be taken and also raise awareness about COP21, other activities will include a mock COP21 where the young people themselves will be given the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues and they will join in with Stop Climate Chaos’ campaign on July 4th!

If you want to become a youth leader for change willing to undertake awareness raising activities for a more sustainable world check out our website or contact Feidhlim at ysd@ecounesco.ie

The next group will be starting in September for 2016 Programme so make sure you book your place as numbers are limited e-mailing our Youth for Sustainable Development; Global Youth Leaders for Change Programme Coordinator Feidhlim at !

Green Pathways ll - Environmental Studies and Skills

IMG_3473 4A new course of our Green Pathway programme will start on 8th of June 2015!
The participants are gaining new skills and are currently taking the Ecology in the Environment FETAC level 6 module where they will gain skills in environmental studies, ecology, conservation biology and they will gain knowledge in current environmental, ecological, conservation and policy issues along with gaining other valuable skills that will allow them to be at the forefront of one of tomorrow’s leading sectors.

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!

To sign up please, contact the Green Pathways ll Project Officer, Niamh Hand, on greenpathways@ecounesco.ie or call 01 662 5491.
ECO-Choices Programme

It has been a busy month for our ECO-Choices Programme! The young people from Drimnagh Castle successfully concluded their FETAC course in community participation (level 3) and 25 young people from Drimnagh Castle also completed the 12 session of the programme which consisted of workshops based on themes to empower them to improve and protect themselves , others and the environment! Young people from Stoneybatter have done amazing work during their Eco-Choices programme and are on the verge of coming up with an action project to take on in their community!

The ECO-Choices programme is delighted to be working with St. Andrews Resource Centre 'Talk about Youth'. The group are really engaged in the programme and are up for the challenge in taking on a community action once they have completed the programme!

To get involved please, contact our ECO-Choices programme coordinator Anthony at ecochoices@ecounesco.ie
ECO-UNESCO's Environmental Youth Section

Our Environmental Youth Officer spent two busy days in Co. Cavan in May – delivering ECO-Watchers workshops in four schools in the region – Gaelscoil Breifine, St Clare’s National School, Dernakesh National School and St Aidan’s Comprehensive. The final visit was to Scoil Mhuire in Swanlinbar for workshops on Energy!

Energy seems to be the topic of the moment! Other topics covered over the three days were Water and Climate Change. Well done Co. Cavan!

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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Congratulations to all our ECO-UNESCO Clubs who scooped a prize on this year's ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2015"

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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ECO-Explorers Summer camp for kids

€90: Early Bird
€100: One child place
Family discounts available

ECO-Teen Summer camp

€90: Early Bird
€100: One place
Family discounts available

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 Young Environmentalist Awards held in the Mansion House on May 13th was a resounding hit and it was great to be able to recognise and reward all of the young people involved in ECO-action projects around the island of Ireland.

Congratulations to all of the awardees and indeed to everybody involved with this year’s programme. The hard work and dedication of so many young people was truly inspiring and we are already looking forward to YEA 2016! 

I was delighted to welcome Patrick McKeever, Chief of Section at the Global Earth Observation Section and Secretary of the International Geoscience Programme at UNESCO to Dublin for this year’s event. Mr. McKeever presented some of the awards on the day and also met with many of the young people involved and viewed their projects. Minister of State at Department of Foreign Affairs Sean Sherlock TD also lent his support to this year’s YEA providing the keynote address and presenting some awards during the ceremony. It was marvellous to have both Mr. McKeever and Minister Sherlock at the event, along with other invited guests such as cllr. Claire Byrne. We were also delighted to welcome back 
Aidan Power as Master of Ceremonies. 

ECO-UNESCO was delighted to be
 invited by UNESCO to Paris to participate as a Key Partner in the implementation of the Global Action Programme due to our substantial work in education for sustainable development (ESD) in Ireland.  The meeting had over 70 stakeholders from all regions of the world, including representatives of government, intergovernmental and civil society organisations, the private sector and academia.

ECO-UNESCO was also delighted to attend Bloom in the Park during May with almost 100,000 visitors this year. It was a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about important environmental issues such as waste, water wastage and climate change!

Looking ahead to the rest of the summer, we have plenty of events and activities coming up. Our ECO-Teen Camp for young people aged 12-16 takes place from June 22-26 and we still have some availability on this camp but places are filling up fast and people are advised to book now. Our ECO-Explorer camps for children aged 5-12 will get underway next month and run into August! 

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 onTwitterFacebookand our website

Elaine Nevin,

National Director ECO-UNESCO



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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