From today until May 14th, hundreds of young people from all over Ireland will be looking for your vote to help them lay claim to the prestigious ECO-UNESCO ‘People’s Choice’ award.

Last week, schools and youth groups from all over Ireland received the news that their environmental action project had been shortlisted for ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards programme.

75 groups from around Ireland are now preparing to showcase their project and are hoping to pick up one of the many category awards at the YEA Showcase and Awards Ceremony which held on May 20th in the Mansion House, Dublin.

The People’s Choice Award is one category however that is out of the judges’ hands, with the public having all the power! The shortlisted projects

range from creating biodiversity trails, delivering environmental workshops in schools, setting up a ‘city farm’ to harvest crops and cut down on food miles and even a bicycle made from re-used aluminium cans. The public can now vote for their favourite project on www.ecounesco.ie.

Speaking about the People’s Choice Awards, National Director of ECO-UNESCO Elaine Nevin commented; “The work put into all of these finalists’ projects has been enormous. While the judges will have their say on the category winners, this is an excellent opportunity for the public to get involved with the Young Environmentalist Awards and lend support to their favourite eco-action project of 2014! The public are certainly spoiled for choice in choosing a favourite this year and I wish all of the finalists the very best of luck!”