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Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Ceremony
From City Farms to Biodiversity Trails
Ireland’s Biggest Celebration of Youth ECO-Action Has it All!
Over 750 young people from across Ireland will be honoured at the 16th annual ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Ceremony on May 13th in the Mansion House. The event is Ireland’s largest celebration of youth ECO-action and is held to recognise and reward the hard work of young people island-wide for their work on protecting and conserving their local environment!
Ireland’s greenest teens will be honoured at a special awards ceremony hosted by RTÉ presenter Aidan Power, where the winners of the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2015 will be announced. Guest of honour, Professor Patrick McKeever, UNESCO's Earth Sciences and Geohazard Risk Reduction Chief of Section will present the overall winners with their prizes and deliver an address on the day.
Prior to the afternoon ceremony, ECO-UNESCO is inviting the public to visit the Mansion House from 10am to 12.45pm and meet the 75 lucky groups selected for the finals from over 4,000 young people throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland at regional ECO-DENS in March.
Each group will showcase elements of their environmental action projects ranging from creating biodiversity trails, delivering environmental workshops in schools to setting up a ‘city farm’ to harvest crops and cut down on food miles.
Added into the mix of the morning showcase will be a fun few hours of colourful exhibits, exciting green-themed activities including creative up-cycling workshops and interactive biodiversity, sustainability and water zones. Visitors will also be entertained by the ECO-Talent Show with inspiring youth performances including songs, raps and dance, with some performances even having an environmental twist!
“I am extremely impressed by all the young environmentalists participating in this year’s awards,” said Elaine Nevin, National Director of ECO-UNESCO. “All of the young people have shown tremendous creativity and innovation in their approach to protecting the environment and promoting environmental awareness among their peers, their schools, youth groups and the community as a whole. We have received high quality projects and we are delighted to run this programme to recognise and reward young peoples achievements”
The annual awards programme run by ECO-UNESCO, Ireland’s environmental education and youth organisation, recognises and rewards young people that carry out local environmental action projects. The programme has provided thousands of young people, aged 10 -18, an opportunity to take action and raise awareness in their own community on issues that matter the most to them.
The Young Environmentalist Awards is funded by Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, The Environmental Protection Agency, Dublin City Council and Alupro Ireland.
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Dear friends of ECO-UNESCO,
May is one of our busiest months of the year with our flagship event, the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Awards Ceremony taking place on May 13th in the Mansion House.
This is the 16th year of the YEA and, our biggest to date with over 80 groups participating. These groups came through the ECO-Dens semi finals in March and beat off some very stiff competition to make it this far.
I would like to commend everybody who participated in this year’s initiative for their hard work and dedication to the environment, and to also congratulate this year’s finalists and wish them the best of luck on May 13th!
I invite you all to come along to the Showcase which runs from 10am-12.30pm. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with the young people and hear all about their fantastic work!
We are all very impressed by the innovation, creativity, and enthusiasm of all the young environmentalists aged 10 – 18 who will showcase their action projects in the Mansion House on May 13th as part of this year's Showcase and Awards Ceremony.
I would also encourage you to participate in the online People’s Choice Award, which will remain open until May 8th, and cast your vote for your favourite project. This is the one Award that is out of the judges’ hands and we would love for you to get involved!
I look forward to seeing you over the coming month, and remember, you can learn more about becoming a member or volunteering with ECO-UNESCO on our website.
Until next time,
National Director ECO-UNESCO