From February 19th-21st, young people from Norway, Greece, Spain and Ireland came together to think about how
we can tackle waste issues as part of ECO-UNESCO’s ‘No Time to Waste’ Youth Summit in Dublin, a three day event
supported by Leargas and Erasmus+.
The three day event gave young participants a chance to perfect their environmental action projects (which were started at the first event in November 2018)
with the help of expert feedback. It also gave them a platform to voice their environmental concerns in front of a panel of policy makers, all of which will
be fed back to the European Youth Parliament.
Day 1: Tuesday February 19th
Graphic Harvester Maia Thomas recording the dialogue between young people & experts on Day 2. Instagram: treesandpaintbrushes
Aaron Bailey, CloughJordan
Clodagh Kelly, Swapsies
Paul Manning, Veolia
Trisha Ramlugan, Veolia
Aidan Ring, Friends of the Earth
Emily Robyn Archer
The first day of #NoTimeToWaste saw the young people presenting their action projects to a range of guest speakers and getting useful feedback on them ahead of meeting policy makers the next day.
The morning discussion were followed by a fun trip to the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, where they learned more about how a circular economy could function.
Day 2: Wednesday February 20th
Tim Voss, NYCI
Professor Patrick Paul Walsh, UCD
Eamon Ryan, Green Party
Lynn Boylan MEP
Ciaran Cuffe, Green Party
Grace O Sullivan, Green Party
Colin O Byrne, Rediscovery Centre
Caitriona Rogerson, Irish Environmental Network
The morning of day two at #NoTimeToWaste was a big one for the participants, as they presented their projects to a panel of experts and later received feedback on what they could do to take the next real-world steps with them.
The most important part of the morning though, was when the young people got the chance to voice their concerns to the experts, amongst whom were politicans and MEPs.
The experts then fedback to the younng people with practical advice.
After lunch, all young people took part in a debating event that was kindly facilitated by Concern.
Day 3: Thursday February 21st
The final day of the #NoTimeToWaste Youth Summit saw the participants take a field trip to the Cool Planet Experience at Powerscourt.
The young people took the tour, which saw them calculate their carbon footprint and find out ways to reduce it. They also took part in workshops hosted by the Cool Planet Team!
Thank you to everyone who contributed towards making this such a special event.
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ECO-UNESCO’s Youth for Sustainable Development Programme, Ireland
Hordaland Fylkeskommune, Norway
Club for UNESCO of Piraeus Islands, Greece