ECO-UNESCO is calling on young environmentalists to make a positive impact on the environment and register for the Young Environmentalist Awards 2021. Hosted by ECO-UNESCO, the Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) is an all-Ireland awards programme that recognises and rewards young people for their efforts to improve the environment and raise climate change awareness. Young people aged 10 to 18 will have the opportunity to win awards across ten categories for their environmental projects. The YEA programme is a fun and exciting way to empower young people to become better citizens, to build awareness of environmental issues in their community and promote local actions and lifestyle changes to the environment.
Elaine Nevin, Director of ECO-UNESCO said “We are delighted to launch the 22nd year of the Young Environmentalist Awards. This programme offers a space for the creation of positive solutions to our environmental problems and encourages our future generation of leaders to take positive environmental action. We are so excited to welcome new projects this year and see how some of the continuing projects have developed.”
Some of last year’s winners include young activists from Mount Carmel School in Dublin with their project, ‘Bee Be Gone If We Don’t Act Now’, ‘Me-Bags’ from Crumlin Youthreach who created sustainable wellness products and the overall winner of the YEAs, The Young Reducers from Davis College in Mallow, who banned single-use plastics in their school and created an awareness video with ‘The Young Offenders’ Star Demi Oviawe calling for environmental action to be taken. The ECO-DENS which are the YEA semi-finals will take place in April where students will have the opportunity to showcase their projects to a panel of judges. The Young Environmentalist Awards will take place in May.
For more information or to register, please go to www.YEA.ie