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E-BULLETIN November 2013
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Education & Training

Upcoming Events

  • YEA Registration Deadline
  • Training Courses
  • National Youth ECO-Forum 2013
  • ECO-Christmas Day 


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Internship Opportunities: We currently have a vacancies for:
 Fundraising and Communications Intern 

Education Department Intern

Information & Reception Intern
Direct Youth Work Intern

Clickthe links above to view our most recent job and internship opportunities


Want to set up an environmental club? Contact us to find out how you can start an ECO-UNESCO Club in your school or youth group. We'll help you out with resources and support to help make your club a success.


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1115060_38410565ECO-Christmas Day at the Greenhouse December 8th

It’ll be looking a lot like Christmas on December 8th here at the Greenhouse with our ECO-Christmas Fun Day. We’re running kids’ Christmas craft workshops throughout the day (12-4pm) so you can drop them off to be entertained for a few hours while you do some shopping or get some lunch. You can also just pop in to browse our second hand shop, pick up some eco-friendly Christmas cards, gift tags or bags, get a family photo taken with Santa or have the kids (and adult’s) faces painted! There’s plenty going on for all ages and all funds raised will go towards supporting ECO-UNESCO’s environmental youth programmes. We hope you can come out to support us on the day and join in the fun. We are now accepting donations for our second hand shop so if you have any good quality or unused clothes,books, sundries, unwanted gifts, games or other items that are fit for re-sale, please drop them into us here at the Greenhouse before December 5th. Click here for more information.

Young Environmentalist Awards Registration Deadline-November 28th 

The registrations have been flying in since September for the 2014 YEA with schools, youth and community groups from around the country registering their eco-action projects. The deadline for registrations is November 28th so anybody who has not registered their group should do so now. ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment be it in their school, community or even further afield! For more information please click here.

National Youth ECO-Forum 2013: Young Citizens for Water 

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Water is essential for life. No living being on planet earth can survive without it. On November 28-29 over 60 young people from all over Ireland will descend on the Greenhouse for a two day meeting to discuss a variety of issues around water including water and food, water scarcity, water and biodiversity and the challenges facing water management. Over the two day meeting, participants will meet with policy makers and water experts, engage in workshops, debate water issues with their peers and be empowered to take an active role in helping to protect and conserve the world’s water resources through active citizenship and practical tasks such as producing their own water film. For more information, click here. community or even further afield! For more information please click here. 

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
    Click each course title for more information
    Date:  21 November 

    Time: 10.00-16.00
    ECO Sustainability Award Training 
    (A practical approach on how groups can participate in the ECO-Sustainabilty Award and become a more sustainable organisation)

    ECO-UNESCO members, students, young people under 25, unwaged
    €50: Voluntary and community sector (fee subsidised by Irish Aid) 

    Date:  27 November 

    Time: 10.00-16.00
    Leadership and Stragetic Sustainable Development
    (A course on how to take leadership in planning for sustainable development)

    ECO-UNESCO members, students, young people under 25, unwaged
    Voluntary and community sector (fee subsidised by Irish Aid) 
    Special offer: 2 people from the same organisation pay €100

    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)


Science Week 2013: Win a Stylus Pen!  

SW logo date and web 2013 Low ResECO-UNESCO is delighted to once more participate in Science Week running from 10-17 November. Our Education and Training Officer Catherine will be busy right though the week leading workshops on “Climate Change and Sustainability for Young People” in different libraries around Dublin city. She’ll be looking at the issues surrounding climate change, why we should care for the environment and how young people can take positive eco-action at home and in school. To celebrate Science Week 2013, Science Foundation Ireland and the guys at Science Week have provided us with some stylus pens that we’re giving away for free! To get your hands on one, just tweet or Facebook us, telling us what your favourite scientific fact is!
Workshops during this week are for school groups only and must be booked through your local library. This workshop can also be offered outside of Science Week and bookings can be made by contacting


Director's Corner

Dear friends of ECO-UNESCO,

There is no mistaking that winter is now upon us with the clock gone back, more of a chill in the air, and of course all the Christmas cheer that is starting to get underway. We’ll be getting in a bit of a festive mood ourselves here over the next few weeks in preparation for our ECO-Christmas Day on December 8th where we’ll have plenty of fun green activities for the kids such as crafts workshops, Santa’s grotto and face painting, not to mention some shopping delights for the older adults in our second hand shop, where you might just come across that perfect Christmas gift. We hope you can lend your support on the day, or in the run up to the event by donating any clothes, books and other items that are in a good condition for resale. 
We’ve plenty happening at the Greenhouse before December however. We’re still on the road with our YEA Roadshow delivering the last of our regional trainings. With the deadline for registration now just around the corner, all groups are asked to register before Friday November 29th. We also have our annual National Youth Meeting coming up at the end of the month. We’re really looking forward to having 60+ young people from all over the country attending this event. Water is the theme of this year’s forum and we’ll have two days of some very interesting talks, discussions and workshops as young people, environmental experts and policy makers all examine a variety of issues around water from a local and global perspective. 
Later this month we’ll be running the last of our short, one day trainings for 2013. ECO-UNESCO’s ECO-Sustainability Award training will take place on November 21st and is a must for those eager to make their organisation more sustainable. The following week, on Wednesday 27th our Leadership and Strategic Sustainable Development training takes place and is an excellent course for anybody who wants to learn more about taking leadership in planning for sustainable development. 
I hope to see you shortly in the Greenhouse, especially on December 8th. Until next month, be sure to keep up to date with all our news and events on Twitter, Facebook and our website
Until next time,

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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