Young Environmentalist Award

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The Young Environmentalist Awards

ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment. 

ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards gets young people involved in taking environmental action. Thousands of young environmentalists in schools, youth groups and Youthreach centres throughout the Island of Ireland are making positive contributions to their environment and community by carrying out environmental action projects. ECO-UNESCO celebrates their green achievements through our awards programme.
For over ten years ECO-UNESCO has encouraged Young People to carry out local environmental action projects, making a difference to the lives of all both locally and globally.

"Over the past decade, these awards have encouraged young people to engage in environmental projects and contribute to changes in attitude and lifestyle that are critical to the future of our planet" – Koichiro Matsura, Director-General of UNESCO 

The school participated in the competition for the first time in 2011. A group of Transition year students entered with their project ‘Carrecting our School’. This project focused on the idea of ‘grow your own’. They girls won the overall prize and won the Senior Biodiversity category.  The group wanted to bring rural ideals to an urban setting. They also wanted to show people how easy it is to grow your own food. The group organised various fundraising activities to purchase the materials to build a vegetable garden. They also researched the various horticultural methods needed to grow their own food.  One of the fundamental aims of the project was to bring a source of pride to our school community. The project gave the class and whole school a better understanding and appreciation of the ‘grow your own’ concept. The garden is now part of the school community and is managed by the teachers and students.


Participation in the Young Environmentalist Awards is a great opportunity and the current Transition year students are entering this year with their their project ‘Stanner’s Green Steps’. The project is aiming to organise an Art/Fashion exhibition to promote the concept of recycling. They hope to provide workshops to assist in the creation of pieces of art from recycled materials. The workshops will facilitate the involvement of local primary and secondary schools and youth groups.