Limerick youth called on for Young Environmentalist Awards 2014

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Villiers Students at the regional 'ECO-Dens' in Cork
Villiers Students at the regional ‘ECO-Dens’ in Cork

Young people in Limerick and across Ireland have been called to take part in this years’ ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA).

The initiative encourages group’s aged 10 to 18 from schools and youth organisations to find solutions to local and global environmental issues.

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A group from Villiers Secondary School, Limerick represented the county at the National Final in May 2013 with their project ‘The Garden’, after taking part in the competitive regional ‘ECO-Dens’.

The project saw them enhance their schools grounds by creatively using secondhand materials such as old compost bins, guttering and bamboo blinds.

The group received a ‘Highly Recommended’ accolade for their innovative efforts.

Commenting on the new launch, Elaine Nevin, National Director of ECO-UNESCO said, “This programme just grows year after year and it’s a huge testament to the depth of young people’s environmental awareness. I am now greatly looking forward to welcoming even more Limerick schools and youth groups to the initiative this year”.

A YEA roadshow will tour the towns and villages of Munster from October 14 to 18, where free training will be provided for registered groups.

Teachers and youth leaders can register groups of 2-25 young people by visiting www.ecounesco.ie or by contacting ECO-UNESCO at +353 1 6625491 or [email protected]