Over 650 young people from across Ireland and Northern Ireland will be honoured at the 18th annual ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Awards Ceremony on May 23rd at the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin. 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 hard work protecting and conserving their local environment.
The public is invited to visit the Showcase from 10am to 1pm for a colourful exhibition where the young environmentalists will display their ECO-Action projects.
Over the past number of months thousands of young people have been working tirelessly carrying out action projects, implementing innovative, creative and inspiring solutions to local and global environmental issues.
Come along and have a chance to meet the 84 lucky Finalist groups shortlisted from almost 290 entries.
From 2.30pm to 5pm Ireland's greenest teens will be announced and take home one of the prestigious prizes from 10 different categories that include biodiversity, water, energy, eco-enterprise, eco art and design, and climate change. We're looking forward to welcoming high profile guests, including Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr, Mr Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, and Mr Philippe Pypaert, Programme Specialist at UNESCO.
The groups are now preparing for the Final hoping to impress the judges one more time, and in the meantime are looking for the public's vote to help them claim the People's Choice Award. This special category is dedicated for Nation's favourite environmental project, choosen entirely by public vote. Voting is open from 2nd to 15th of May and you can vote by clicking here.
The Young Environmentalist Awards is funded annually by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.