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Between November 5th-6th, Youth for Sustainable Development Programme participants visited in the European Parliament in Brussels, as part of their award for winning the ECO-Step award for their project 'Tyred',  a public bench that sits two people made from plastic lumber for the frame and recycled bicycle tyres for the seat.
TheEcoStep initiative is co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus + Programme. Its purpose is to raise awareness for and find solutions to the social and environmental problems that are currently facing Europe’s young people.
The young people were invited by Lynn Boylan MEP for a tour of the parliament building, the parliamentarian exhibition space, and also met with Environmental NGOs based in Brussels such as the Climate Action Network Europe.
It wasn't all work though, as the group enjoyed a bit of downtime to tour the sites of the city and even visit a chocolate factory!

After the success of our Halloween themed Creative Recycling Workshops, at the start of November, ECO-UNESCO was back with another round of workshops. 


Between November 5th and November 16th, students aged 5 to 11 from schools in Dalkey, Lucan and Tallaght enthusiastically took part to our Christmas inspired workshops, where they made Christmas decorations from old materials. The lesson was to encourage young people to express their creativity by finding new and alternative ways to give new life to discarded materials that would otherwise end up in landfill.


Our creative recycling workshops have been funded under the LA21 Environmental Partnership Fund 2018 from Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council.


Last Saturday, November 10th,  ECO-UNESCO visited Tralee to take part in the second National Dialogue on Climate Action. 


The National Dialogue on Climate Action, set up by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment,  is a series of regional events that will run over the next two years.


The aim of these events is to increase community engagement and to  build public support for the action plans that we will need to put in place when faced climate change challenges over the coming years and decades.


The day consisted of talks, panel discussions and round tables where important questions such as 'how can we travel more sustainably?' were posed.


ECO-UNESCO were set up in the free to attend drop-in area, where anybody could visit and learn about how they could get involved with local and national environmnetal projects.


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ECO-UNESCO Director Elaine Nevin, pictured with #YEA19 partipants from Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School Tralee


Almost exactly two years after the Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, and in advance of the upcoming COP24 United Nations conference to be held in Katowice,

Poland, from 13 to 14 December 2018, the French Embassy in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) and Trócaire came together to

hold a public event on the subject of climate change.


Taking place in Trinity College Dublin on Monday 5 November, Creative Responses to Climate Change: A Marketplace for Ideas provided a space for dialogue, information-sharing and creativity,

and brought together key figures involved in the climate negotiations, civil society representatives and activists, and interested citizens. 


The opening speech was delivered by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland. Prior to her speech, Mrs Robinson took the opportunity to visit the 'Marketplace for Ideas', an area that was host to a

range of creative climate change solutions such as ECO-UNESCO's Young Environmentalist Awards.


The Overall Senior Winners of the Young Environmentalist Awards 'Plastic Outta the Park'  from Newpark Comprehensive had their own stand at the marketplace, and had the opportunity to share their plastic free school campus project with Mrs Robinson.


There's just over two weeks left to register for the Young Environmentalist Awards and you can register online here.


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Friday, 09 November 2018 15:13

NEW OPPORTUNITY: YSD Programme Coordinator

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ECO-UNESCO are currently seeking a full-time 'Youth for Sustainable Development' Programme Coordinator.


Learn more about the opportunity here.

YEA Search

ECO-UNESCO are looking for groups to apply to the Young Environmentalist Awards 2019 taking place in May 2019. To enter the awards, groups come up with an environmentally-focused, action project that tackles a local environmental issue.


The deadline to register is November 30th 2018 and you can register online at


In May of this year, young people from Newpark Comprehensive, Blackrock won the Overall Senior Award at the Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase in the Mansion House, Dublin. Could you be part of the next local group to take a prize?


Who can enter the Young Environmentalist Awards?

There are three age categories for entering the awards:

  1. Super Junior: 10-12 years
  2. Junior: 12-14 years
  3. Senior: 15-18 years


You can take part as a group within your school with the support of a teacher, or work with people in your community with a youth leader or community worker.


Benefits of taking part

There are a number of benefits to taking part in the Young Environmentalist Awards, including:

  • Increasing your awareness and understanding of the environment
  • Developing your skills in research, planning, teamwork, and leadership
  • Learning about active citizenship
  • Gaining confidence and an understanding of personal responsibility
  • Gaining respect for the environment and for other people

Awards Timeline

There are three stages in the judging process.


Internal judging

Groups will submit their project portfolio outlining the details of their project for judging. Internal judging panels will review the project portfolios and create a shortlist of projects to move on to the next stage.


Semi-final ECO-Dens

The shortlisted groups will then move on to the semi-final judging rounds where they will pitch their projects to a panel of experts. The semi-finals take place in regional ‘ECO-Dens’, with dens in Connaught, Leinster, Munster, and Ulster.


Finalist showcase

Those who are successful in the semi-final will move on to the finals, where they can showcase their projects at the national YEA Final Showcase and Awards Ceremony. This is where the overall winners and the category winners will be announced.


Award categories

There are two overall winners of the awards:

  • Overall Senior Winner
  • Overall Junior Winner


Those entering the 12-14 or the 15-18 years categories will be able to narrow their project into one of the 10 categories:

  1. Biodiversity
  2. Climate change
  3. Energy
  4. Water
  5. Transport
  6. Eco-Art and Design
  7. Waste
  8. Eco-Community Development
  9. Eco-Enterprise
  10. Eco-Health and Wellbeing


For more information on the awards and to enter visit



Waste Reduction

We're running a workshop for all current YSD participants to celebrate the European Week for Waste Reduction.

Time & Date: November 16th @ 6.00pm 
Location:  Third Space, Smithfield
Topic: How a Circular Economy Works

There will be light refreshments available on the night.

Learn more about the European Week for Waste Reduction here.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 13:54

ECO-UNESCO's Annual Report 2017

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Get an overview of all of the great work that ECO-UNESCO carried out in 2017! 


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Introduce a deposit refund system in Ireland to help tackle our worsening plastic waste crisis.


How it would work: 

A small charge (eg. 10c) would be added to the price of drinks in cans, glass & plastic bottles. When the container is returned to the shop the 10c is returned to the consumer.


Learn more and sign the petition here.

Earlier this month The UN released their Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report which called for

"rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes" "in all aspects of society”


The IPCC report has predicted regular extreme weather events, food shortages and devastating coral die-off by 2040

if we don’t take the actions needed to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.


The effects of letting the global temperature rise just .5 degrees more (to 2 degrees)

could make a huge difference to life on Earth.


What actions will you take to help stem the tide of climate change?


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