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


Guest Speakers: 

Aoibhean McCann

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

Sabrina Dekker

Eamon Ryan, Green Party

Lynn Boylan MEP

Ciaran Cuffe, Green Party

Grace O Sullivan, Green Party

Duncan Stewart

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

Resilience.Earth, Spain

Club for UNESCO of Piraeus Islands, Greece