Green-minded young people from Lanesboro Community College recently competed with schools and youth groups from across Leinster at the innovative regional Dragon’s Den style ‘ECO-Den’. They pitched their projects to the panel of expert judges to convince them that their group should attend the final ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2012 showcase and ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin on May 8 next. The Leinster ECO-Den was kindly supported by Longford County Council and Meath County Council.
The County Longford group inspired the judges, Elaine Nevin, National Director, ECO-UNESCO; Claire McCormack, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Alan Hayes and Elaine Mahon, both from National Youth Council Ireland (NYCI); and Sandra Smith, Dublin City Council; with details from their ECO-Action project.
Lanesboro have done their project on caring for the environment and trying to make it a better place for not only the animals and plants but also for its people. They have researched the pollution of the Shannon and looked the effects it has caused for the river and the people. They also looked into the care system of the elderly and what would happen if we applied the same care for our environment. Lastly Lanesboro researched Irish bogs; they looked at its disadvantages and advantages.
The ECO-UNESCO Young environmentalist Awards is Ireland’s biggest all-island celebration of youth ECO-Action. Since 1999, the ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards has recognised and rewarded the environmental actions of thousands of young people 12 and 18 who are working to protect, conserve and enhance our environment through local environmental action projects, making a difference to their lives and the lives of others locally and globally.
The programme offers and exciting way to empower young people to become better citizens, to build awareness of environmental issues in their locality and promote simple actions and lifestyle changes to improve the environment for all.
Locals are invited to support their favourite project in an all-island online public poll, ‘The People’s Choice Award 2012.’ Voting is open until April 30 and the winners of this prestigious award will be announced at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Gala Showcase and Award Ceremony. Simply log onto www.ecounesco.ie to show your support!