Naughten urges young people to take action for the environment

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, with Emma Fowler, Niamh NiMoraine, and Aoife Whelan, winners of the Junior Overall Award and Junior Biodiversity Award last year

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, with Emma Fowler, Niamh NiMoraine, and Aoife Whelan, winners of the Junior Overall Award and Junior Biodiversity Award last year

Eco-Unesco is calling on Ireland’s greenest teens to step up and take action in their communities during the coming year and enter the Young Environmentalist Awards 2018.

Now in its 19th year, the Young Environmentalist Awards is open to young people aged 10 to 18-years-old across Ireland who are passionate and want to take action to improve their local environment.

This exciting and innovative awards scheme sees groups from schools and youth and community organisations come up with imaginative solutions to a host of environmental issues.

Registration is now open to groups on Eco-Unesco’s website – www.ecounesco.ie – where young people submit a project idea of their choice in one of 10 different environmental categories.

Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, who launched the latest installment of the awards, said: “The Young Environmentalist Awards covers a range of environmental issues that present huge challenges that face our country such as climate change, energy, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

“The inspiring Young Environmentalist Awards projects I have seen are of immense benefit to their communities and the wider society. I would like to encourage schools and youth organisations around the country to get involved in the awards and look forward to the seeing the ideas, commitment and innovation of Ireland’s youth.”

All shortlisted groups will showcase their environmental projects in front of an expert judging panel at the semi-final early next year in the hope of winning a place in the final showcase and awards ceremony next May.

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