There’s still time for young Irish people to roll up their sleeves and enter Ireland’s favourite green awards scheme, as the deadline to register for the Young Environmentalist Awards 2019 has now been extended to December 21st.


In May of this year, young people from across Ireland had the chance to share their projects at the Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase in the Mansion House and meet other young people like them, who are committed to make a positive change. Now ECO-UNESCO are challenging more young people from Ireland to get their green thinking caps on and rise to this year’s challenge!


The challenge to young people (aged 10-18) in schools, youth and community organisations, is to come up with real solutions to environmental issues such as climate change, waste, and energy. 


From taking part, young people become more active in their community, gain personal skills, and even help to tackle some of the most pressing environmental and social global challenges.


“The Young Environmentalist Awards covers a range of environmental issues that present huge challenges that face the whole island such as climate change, biodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals.” commented Elaine Nevin, National Director of ECO-UNESCO; “I would like to encourage young people in schools and youth organisations across Ireland to get involved in the awards and look forward to the seeing the ideas, commitment and innovation of Ireland’s young people.” 


Interested young people can register their group online on ECO-UNESCO’s website. Once registered, entrants have until the end of February 2019 to complete their project, before entering the heat of the semi-final ECO-Dens in March 2019, where they pitch their project to expert judges for a coveted place in the prestigious final in May.


The Young Environmentalist Awards are funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency with support from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.