Mayo’s young people asked to protect Ireland’s environment

ECO-UNESCO, Ireland’s environmental education and youth organisation, is making a final call to young people across Ireland to take environmental issues into their own hands. Due to popular demand, the registration deadline for the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2013 been extended until Friday December 21. The programme recognises and rewards young people who create environmental action projects that directly affect and influence their local communities.

ECO-UNESCO is calling for young people from every community in Mayo to take part. “Last year more than 5,000 young people took part in the Young Environmentalist Awards. The creative, innovative, and forward-thinking projects that they produced have had a direct impact on over 200 local communities. The environment is our greatest natural resource: these young people are amazing caretakers, and deserve to be recognised for their efforts,” said Elaine Nevin, national director of ECO-UNESCO.

Participants in ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards programme have until February 22 2013 to complete their project in one of 10 categories including climate change, biodiversity, energy, waste, transport, and eco-health and wellbeing. Once they have submitted their project, they have to battle it out in the ECO-Den regional heats to show that their project has what it takes to make a real impact.

Once registered, ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards groups can avail of ECO-UNESCO’s advice and support as their projects progress. Teachers and youth leaders can register groups of two to 20 young people on www.ecounesco.ie or by contacting ECO-UNESCO at 01 662 5491 [email protected]

 

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