Eco UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards: Evening Herald 10/05/2010

Our 4th Year Eco UNESCO Team – Ailbhe Kelly, Sadhbh Hegarty, Roisin Pierce, Helen Sweeney and Mary Maedhbh Park, have won two awards: Best Art and Design, Best Club of the Year, at the Young Environmentalist Awards on the 12th of May in the Mansion House.  Congratulations on your fantastic achievements girls.

The project they created and organised was a Greenhouse Gig Fashion Show. They made clothes out of recycled materials which represented issues affecting our environment.

Special thanks to all our models from Transition Year who helped us out so much. Thanks so much to Ms. O’Neill for all your support and Alannah Stritch who documented our actions as our own personal photographer on the day.

From The Eco UNESCO Peer Education Team

Ailbhe Kelly gives us an insight into the groups experiences of Eco Unesco:

We first heard about Eco UNESCO in September from Ms. O’Neill who received a letter inviting transition year students to join a course about Sustainable Development. Not exactly sure what to expect, myself and a few other girls from the year applied for a place in this twelve week program.  Myself and four other girls; Sadhbh Hegarty, Mary Maedhbh Park, Helen Sweeney and Laura Guihen successfully completed the twelve week course. We went along on the Wednesday to the Greenhouse on Andrew St for our first group session, and we loved it!

Throughout the 12 week course we learnt a lot and participated in many action projects such as an environmental trip to Phoenix park, an Urban Safari and a wave protest.On the 5th December Eco unesco participated in a public wave demonstration in the city centre near the Dáil to protest for a our say in the upcoming Copenhagen Conference. We also recently interviewed John Gormley in Leinster House with questions related to the Copenhagen Conference.

After attending the twelve week course we are now qualified peer educators and will begin facilitating group sessions for the new class on our own next month!

The Greenhouse Gig

We decided to hold an eco fashion show and concert in the Greenhouse which would promote issues of sustainable development to our peers. We hand-made all outfits out of recycled materials from old school socks to bottle caps!   We also had a few bands playing at the gig along with the themed fashion show. The night was a huge success and we have been asked to perform our show again For the Young Environmentalist Awards in the Mansion House.

By Ailbhe Kelly

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