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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 12:20

ECO-UNESCO E-Magazine January 2019

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ECO-UNESCO, in conjunction with University College Dublin, is providing an opportunity for two young people to attend, as UN Major Group for

Children and Youth representatives, the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum in the United Nations from April 6th to April 8th 2019.


To gain a place, Youth for Sustainable Development participants had to give presentations on why they should be chosen - with two lucky young people being chosen in the end.


The two-day forum is an opportunity for young people from Ireland to have an input and a say into the United Nations review of the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda.


Learn more about the forum here, and check back for updates to see how our young people get on!


Friday, 25 January 2019 13:25

#YEA19: Submissions Now Open!

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Welcome to YEA 2019. We are very much looking forward to receiving your projects for our 20th Anniversary of the YEA.


Our Showcase this year will be held in Dublin Convention Centre and is shaping up to be a really special event.


We want to encourage and support you to submit your wonderful projects so that you can take part. 

Your projects will be judged based on your written submission form and EVIDENCE (photos, PowerPoint etc).


The judging criteria is available on our website here. 


Please note that: 

50% marks are awarded for your written submission

50% marks are awarded for the EVIDENCE that you submit to support your written work. (See details on this below. 


We appreciate that young people work hard to create artistic records of their work and to build display models etc.

There will be opportunities at the ECO-Dens (semi-finals) and at the Final Showcase to display artwork and models (especially given extra space afforded by the new venue this year! 



Each project will be emailed it's own REGISTRATION NUMBER. 

If you are a mentor who is entering more than one project, you will receive a registration number for each project. 

Important: Please use this number in any correspondence.




You will receive a link to your submission folder in the same email as your registration number. You should click this link to open the folder. 

The name of the folder contains your registration number and the name of your organisation. Please check that this is correct. 

If you are a mentor who is entering more than one project, you will receive a separate link for each project.




In order to submit your project, you will need to open the folder link.


Here you will find a folder dedicated to your project and labelled with your Registration Number. 

In this folder you will find: 


2. The ‘PROJECT SUBMISSION FORM’. (To be filled in by the young people)

3. An ‘INDIVIDUAL REFLECTION FORM’ (containing multiple Individual forms)

4. A folder labelled ‘EVIDENCE’




  1. Please read the instructions carefully in PROJECT SUBMISSION FORM and provide answers for ALL FIELDS. Unless specified, all fields should be completed by the young people. The file can be edited by multiple people (even at the same time) and will save as you go.
  2. Ensure that the PROJECT SUBMISSION FORM is completed by midnight 1st March. After this time, you will no longer have access to your folder.



You will find one file that contains multiple Individual Reflection Forms.

EVERY SINGLE young person registered for this project should fill out one form each. (If you have 6 participants, you should have 6 forms filled out etc)



The EVIDENCE FOLDER should contain ALL THE WORK you have completed for the 6 Steps of your project. This may include photos (eg: including pictures of your brainstorm sessions, planning meetings, flip charts, artwork etc.), videos, press clippings, PowerPoints, audio clips. Anything that you think shows evidence of your work or otherwise supports and enhances your project can be saved here.

Please name each file within the EVIDENCE FOLDER clearly showing which step it relates to.


All you need to do is make sure that everything you want to submit is saved in your folder before midnight 1st March.

Short-listings will take place within a week of that date and you will then be notified if you are being invited to attend the semi-final ECO-Dens.




As an environmental organisation, we are strongly encouraging all our participants to submit their projects online. However, if this is not possible, you may submit your application by post. Please ensure that you follow the Submission Guidelines and, using A4 size paper, answer the questions set out in the Application Form. 

Entries should be posted to: 



9 Burgh Quay

Dublin 2

D02 FD85


ECO-UNESCO is happy to assist with any issues you may have with submitting your project. Please look at our  FAQ’s for assistance: 

Alternatively, please email any queries to yea.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Susie Spratt, our YEA coordinator, or other members of our team will be happy to assist you. You can also telephone us on 01 662 5491

Best of luck! 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:36

Learning 2 Change January Update!

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The new year started off great, as we completed training sessions in 31 out of the 40 Irish schools we were funded to focus on, with

the remaining 9 already booked in across the next 3 months. 

We have also completed 6 out of 8 of the student council training workshops and are currently in communication with the two final schools in

Galway to pick dates.Moreover, we have been funded by Galway County Council to give an additional 6-Steps to Success workshop in the city,

while a 6-week Sustainable Development Transition Year programme has just kicked off in Naas.

Finally, ECO-UNESCO representatives will be attending the World Wise Global Schools Teacher Training Event in Dublin, on 31 January 2019.

Any other teachers interested in being involved with the Learning 2 Change programme next school term (Sep – Dec 2019) can ask for information and register their interest.


Want more information on our Learning 2 Change Programme? Contact:
Eimear Manning, Environmental Youth Officer
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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:30

ECO-Choices January Update!

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Drimnagh Castle are just about finished the QQI Level 3 in ECO-Community Development! They've really been enjoying their time with

ECO-UNESCO, and have started taking action for their projects.


Stanhope Street Secondary School have also just finished their Foundation ECO-Choices programme. They have particularly enjoyed learning more about environmental issues,

and have gained skills that enable them to take action on issues they are passionate about. They are about to put these skills into practice by undertaking their

action project for the Young Environmentalist Awards!


Want more information on our ECO-Choices Programme? Contact:
Doireann Dunbar, ECO-Choices Coordinator
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Young people from our Youth for Sustainable Development Programme had the opportunity to speak

at Climate Case Ireland's 'Children's Rally for Climate Action' on Saturday, January 19th.


See the full video below!


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ECO-UNESCO is excited to announce that we will be co-hosting YEE International Seminar “Know Your Grassroots” between 1-6 April,

2019 in Ireland, as part of the Let Grassroots Grow long-term project.  

If you are a motivated young person interested to develop yourself in non-formal education, grassroots movements and youth work,

you can apply to be part of the preparatory team of "Know Your Grassroots" seminar. 

The deadline to apply is 28 January, 2019.

You can find detailed information and how to apply here. 

Monday, 21 January 2019 11:49

#YSD Drogheda People Share their #YEA19 Journey

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Young people participating in ECO-UNESCO's Youth for Sustainable Development programme in Drogheda are working on the project there are going to present at the Young Environmentalist Awards 2019 and have shared with us their enthusiasm about being part of Ireland’s biggest green awards scheme. 


With their project ‘More or less, less homelessness’ they hope to raise awareness about homelessness and are planning to start a petition to attract the attention of their local council to try to tackle this issue they care about. 



Monday, 21 January 2019 11:35

#YSD Bray People Share their #YEA19 Journey

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Young participants from ECO-UNESCO's Youth for Sustainable Development programme in Bray will be taking part in the Young Environmentalist Awards 2019 and decided to share the start of their YEA journey with us. 


The project they are working on is called ‘Packs 4 Impact’ and it deals with the issue of homelessness, a problem these young people are very passionate about. 


Friday, 18 January 2019 11:52

#YEA19: FAQs

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The Young Environmentalist Awards is Ireland’s biggest green awards scheme. The programme has been running since 1999, with the aim of encouraging young people to take action to protect the environment and raise awareness about the most pressing environmental issues that affect our planet both locally and globally. 


This year, 2019, the Young Environmentalist Awards programme celebrates its 20th anniversary and, to celebrate this important achievement, we are welcoming late registrations, in order to give the chance to as many young people as possible, to join ECO-UNESCO and other young people from all across Ireland in making a real environmental change. Register online here.


If you have never heard about YEA before or you still have some doubts, here you will be able to find some answer to the most common questions about the awards programme. 


What are the YEAs? 


The YEA is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment. 


Over 43,000 young people have taken part in the YEA since it began, bringing about lasting change to the environment, and reaching countless others with awareness-raising campaigns in schools and communities throughout Ireland.


The YEA programme is a unique and fun opportunity for young people not only to build environmental awareness and promote local actions and lifestyle changes to improve the environment, but also to build a network within their community and develop new skills and knowledge.


Who can enter? 


ECO-UNESCO's YEA programme is open to any group made of between 2 and 25 young people from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland aged 10 to 18.


Groups will be divided into three categories:


  • Super Junior Group: 10 to 12 years (non-category specific)
  • Junior Group: 12 to 14 years
  • Senior Groups: 15 to 18 years


When can I enter? 


Find below the YEA 2019 Timeline:


Sept 2018: Online Registration Opens

Sept-Oct 2018: Free YEA 6 Steps to Success Training

Nov 2018 - Mar 2019: Project Submission

1st Mar 2019: Project Submission Deadline / Registration Closes

Late Mar-April 2019: ECO-Den Semi-Finals

23rd May 2019: Showcase & Awards Ceremony at Convention Centre Dublin


Sign up to our mailing list to receive up-to-date information on upcoming deadlines.


How do the awards work? 


  1. Interested groups register online.
  2. Registered groups take part in free ‘6 Steps to Success’ regional training.
  3. Groups submit their ECO-Action projects.
  4. Internal judging panels assess all registered projects and create a shortlist.
  5. Shortlisted groups are invited to pitch their projects to a panel of expert regional judges at ECO-DENS.
  6.  Finalists showcase their project at YEA Gala Showcase and Awards Ceremony.


What can I enter?


See the projects that made it the finals in 2018 here.


Projects can be submitted under the following categories: 

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • ECO-Art & Design
  • ECO-Community Development
  • ECO-Innovation
  • ECO-Community Development
  • ECO-Innovation
  • ECO-Health & Wellbeing
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Super Junior


 A YEA project requires:



We are looking to see that young people have taken action that preserves the environment in some way. Your project may already involve action but if it does not, you may like to consider adding this element to your project. For action ideas, see our YEA Project Manual (p. 49)  


We want to see that you have understood the environmental issue that your project addresses and that you have raised awareness about this issue in your school, local community or further afield. For more information on this, see our Programme Manual for more details.

Click here to view last year’s finalist booklet, which contains all of the projects that made it through to the final showcase.


How do I put my project together? 


To carry out your eco-action project, you will need to follow these steps:

Step 1. Put a Team Together

Step 2. Select an Environmental Issue

Step 3. Research

Step 4. Create an Action Plan

Step 5. Take Action!

Step 6. Raise Awareness

Step 7. Reflect


For more information on each of the above steps, click here.


What does ‘Take Action!’ mean? 


Taking action is an essential part of the Young Environmentalist Awards Programme, not only to demonstrate what you have learnt, but also to be empowered and inspire others to take action in the future. There are several kinds of actions, big or small, that can be taken, and you can choose to focus on one of them or mix them together, depending on your team timeline, budget and interests.


If you are unsure of what ‘taking action’ means, these are some ideas: 

  • Join an existing environmental campaign or create a new one;
  • Conduct a survey;
  • Create and sign a petition, join marches and rally or lobby;
  • Create a blog or a website;
  • Develop a workshop or a presentation;
  • Hold an exhibition or a school/community fair;
  • Organise a fundraising/awareness-raising event;
  • Organise a challenge;
  • Make a video diary;
  • Write letters to politicians or articles;
  • Organise a flash-mob;
  • Interviews; etc...


Can I use an existing project? 


Yes, you can use an existing project or even a project you previously present at the YEA and show you have developed it.  

Projects that have been entered to the YEA previously can be entered for a special ‘Further Growth Award’.


If you are planning to present an existing project, make sure you include in it the ‘Take Action’ and ‘Raise Awareness’ elements. 


How are projects graded?



See the marking structure here.



How do I submit my project? 


Learn more about how to submit your project here.


What resources are available? 


ECO-UNESCO offers free '6 Steps to Success' training to teachers, youth leaders and young people on all they need to know about the Young Environmentalist Awards programme and how it can benefit young people. The training is designed to help young people become well-equipped to carry out their very own environmental action project and is especially worthwhile for teachers and students new to the programme. 


The training will provide support and advice in developing project ideas, exploring what is involved in project management and helping to understand the various phases of the YEA programme using interactive activities. The training will be delivered directly to your school/youth organisation/community centre.


Note: The YEA training is only available for the registered groups. Please register your interest first. Places are limited and they operate on a first come first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment!


Other resources: 

YEA Mannual

YEA 2018 Finalist Booklet


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