Youth for Sustainable Development is a pioneering 12 week programme for young people (aged 15-18) who want to learn more about sustainable development, the environment, and how to take practical action for positive change.
Around 100 young people meet after school on a weekly basis to take part in interactive workshops, hear from guest speakers, and learn how to educate their peers and take action for a more just and sustainable world!
Find out below some of the activities young people have been getting up to recently.
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Youth for Sustainable Development is launching in Carlow and the Meath/Louth area!
The Youth for Sustainable Development (YSD) has been running successfully in Dublin since 2007 and for the first time we are delighted to run this programme regionally.
During the December-January 2018 we are rolling out the YSD programme to regions outside of Dublin, with Meath/Louth and Carlow to be our first regional hubs. We are currently recruiting for participants (15-18 years old) and volunteers to support the programme delivery (18+ years) in both regions.
Young people represent ECO-UNESCO & Dublin Bay Biosphere at an International UNESCO Youth Conference in Italy.
Photo (L-R): Philip Manifold, Ruzzelyn Caniel, Leon Gill, Serena Choong (from YSD programme) with ECO-UNESCO's Doireann Dunbar and Dave Brooks
Four young people who graduated from the YSD programme, and two members of staff from ECO-UNESCO attended UNESCO’s first Man and Biosphere (MAB) Youth Forum in Italy. They represented the Dublin Bay Biosphere at the forum, which was held in the Po Delta Biosphere Reserve from the 18th to the 22nd of September.
The conference was attended by 300 young people from 96 Biospheres all around the world, and their hard work resulted in recommendations from a youth perspective as to what they feel should be done to enhance individual Biospheres, as well as the regional and global MAB programmes.
Over five days they took part in workshops, brainstorming sessions and excursions within the beautiful surrounds of the delta. The young people from ECO-UNESCO made great contributions to the proceedings, and are looking forward to feeding the outcomes of the conference back to Dublin City Council, who oversees the Dublin Bay Biosphere.
Summer 2017 activities
During July and August, Youth for Sustainable Development (YSD) participants have explored a broad range of environmental and social justice issue in much more depth than usual. They have investigated and researched topics ranging from the impact of mining in developing countries to the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis.
The aim of this in depth research was to gain better understanding of these issues and to come up with innovative solutions to these global problems. The information learned throughout this period will aid them in their up and coming Year of Action, where they will choose an environmental issue and work on a long term action project with a local to global aspect.
June has seen the return of our Green Teen Camps, a summer camp for young people aged between 12 and 16. For 5 days, participants take part in a broad range of activities and field trips.
This year the Green Teens explored a number of different locations, including Barnasligan Woods, Bull Island, Howth Head, Phoenix Park, and they also took part in a Green trail of Dublin City’s green spaces! Some of ECO-UNESCO’s own peer educators from the YSD programme assisted with the delivery of some of the material – huge thanks for the help everyone! May
With the brighter evenings and the vast improvement in the weather, our usual Wednesday workshops have been taking place outside the office when possible. Our young people have been enjoying taking their learning and project work out to Dublin’s green spaces to St. Stephens Green, Merion Square and Trinity College. They are now working on developing a new range of action projects to carry out on their school holidays - a very dedicated lot!
A number of young people were also busy preparing for the Final of the Young Environmentalist Awards 2017 and were delighted to meet Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, and the Dublin Lord Mayor at the event and tell them about how they’ve been taking action to protect and raise awareness of environmental issues.
One of their projects, ‘A Write to Refuge’, was awarded the Senior Local to Global Award in recognition of their impactful work. The project aimed to raise awareness about climate refugees – people who have been forced to flee their homes due to changes in the natural environment related to the impacts of climate change. They gave presentations at local schools; set up a pen pal programme; and also made a film to engage young people about what it is like to be displaced by climate change! Well done to all the young people for inspiring actions.
The #GotTheBottle campaigner’s organised an Earth Day event on April 22nd. The event took place at the Red Stables Market, in St. Anne’s Park, Dublin 5. The young campaigners developed a number of games using only recycled material. The games included a plastic bottle hunt, a bottle flipping competition and bottle bowling. The event was attended by over 50 members of the public and game winners won re-usable water bottles to take home.
Our young people also organised and took part in a An Taisce spring clean event on Bull Island’s Dollymount Beach. They were hard at work all day and collected over 15 bags of litter which was then happily taken away by Dublin City Council.
After a busy few months of Young Environmentalist Award preparation, young people were delighted to attend the Leinster ECO-Den. A total of 5 group projects were submitted and focused on a range of interesting topics such as improving biodiversity in Dublin parks, reducing the use of plastic water bottles and our Conference of Youth delegates on their year of action.
On March 22nd, young people from the YSD programme ran a workshop to celebrate World Water Day in Europe House. This was a youth run event organised by our older youth leaders. They delivered 3 workshops to other young people focusing on 3 water related Sustainable Development Goals, Life below water, Access to clean water and sanitation, and Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Young people were delighted to submit their YEA action projects this month. Keen to keep the details for the Leinster ECO-Den, they have shared with us a walk from Bray to Greystones they organised to raise awareness of the great distance some people have to travel to access clean water in developing countries (pictured).