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Booklet for ECO-UNESCO's Young Environmentalist Awards 2012 Showcase and Awards ceremony with information on all 60 shortlisted projects.

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    Environmental Protection Through Youth Action

    Environmental Protection Through Youth Action

    ECO-UNESCOIrelands Environmental Education and Youth Organisation

    ECO-UNESCO is affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

    www.ecounesco.ie

    Short l is ted Projects

  • I am pleased to send greetings to everyone involved in the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards.

    It is heartening to witness the levels of interest and passion exhibited by so many young people in the future of the environment that we all share. This is an area of tremendous importance and it is reassuring that the motivators and leaders of tomorrow have such a collaborative ethos and have displayed such energy and innovation. I would like to commend the work that you are doing and I would also like to acknowledge the work that is done quietly in the background to encourage and promote this powerful concept, looking towards our shared future and the conservation of our environment.

    I congratulate all of the award winners and I wish you continued success in your endeavours.

    Michael D. Higgins

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    President of Ireland

    ContentsAcknowledgements ....................................................................................................................................3Welcome .......................................................................................................................................................4About ECO-UNESCO ...................................................................................................................................5About ECO-UNESCOs Young Environmentalist Awards ........................................................................5Young Environmentalist Awards Participants .......................................................................................6-9Shortlisted Project Summaries

    Biodiversity ..........................................................................................................................10-12Climate Change ..................................................................................................................... 12ECO-Art & Design .............................................................................................................. 13-14ECO-Community Development ......................................................................................14-17ECO-Enterprise ........................................................................................................................17Energy .......................................................................................................................................18Super Junior ........................................................................................................................19-20 Transport ...................................................................................................................................21Waste ...................................................................................................................................21-25Water .........................................................................................................................................25

    ECO-UNESCOs Young Environmentalist Awards Funders & Sponsors ................................................ 26

    Message from Michael D. HigginsPresident of Ireland

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    ECO-UNESCO would like to thank all the participants, teachers and youth leaders who took part in this years ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards. We would like to thank our volunteers and those involved in promoting and supporting our work over the last year including:

    Gold Funders, Silver Funders & Bronze Sponsors Gold Funders: The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, The Department of Children and Youth Affairs Silver Funder: Environmental Protection Agency, The Department of Transport Bronze Sponsors: TOYOTA, Cork County Council / WasteMatchers

    ECO-UNESCO Board, Staff & InternsBoard: Mark Bennett (Chairperson), Liz Carroll (Treasurer), Anne Marie Kilshaw (Secretary), Peter ByrneStaff: Elaine Nevin (National Director), Ann Kinsella, Aoife Murray, Armin Krautgasser, Colin OByrne, Dunchadh Kinane, Laura Cahill, Lucy O Neill, Maeve Boylan, Megan Noah, Rachel GillilandInterns: Elisa Amatista, Ana Bezerra, Eoin Brennan, Inma Chincoa, Shawna Cleary, Gary Mentanko, Elisa Montani, Patrick Redmond, Inga Sprince

    VolunteersAimee Vaughan, Carla Marina, Darren Murtagh, Helen Tobin, Julie Rossi, Laura Matassa, Liosa McNamara, Martina Gladisova, Monika Wasniowska, Niamh McCourt, Nicola Brennan, Nora Cunningham, Verena Wagner, and all of our other volunteers & interns who have helped throughout the year

    Special thanks toJudging Panel: Elaine Nevin (ECO-UNESCO Director), Mary Cunningham (National Youth Council Ireland); Mark Bennett (ECO-UNESCO Chairperson), Alan Hayes & Elaine Mahon (National Youth Council Ireland); Catherine Costelloe (WasteMatchers); Claire McCormac (Environmental Protection Agency); James Goulding & Kevin Ryan (Cork City Council); Meta Crozier, Andy Griggs & Marcus Malley (Craigavon Borough Council); Marion Parker (Roscommon County Council), Sandra Smith (Dublin City Council), Peter Brady (Meath County Council); Sharon Cameron (Mayo County Council), Sinead Ni Mhainnin (Galway County Council), Judges & Award Presenters: Duncan Steward (ECO-Eye Productions), Dr. Mary Stack (Cork County Council), Sinead McCurtain (Toyota Ireland), Siobhn NicThighearnain (Department of the Environ-ment, Community and Local Government), Matt Crowe (Environmental Protection Agency), Award Presenters: Irish Aid, Michael Ewing (Irish Environmental Network), Ronnie Devlin (Department of Transport), ECO-Den Sponsors: Clare County Council, Galway County Council, Kerry County Council, Limerick County Council, Longford County Council, Mayo County Council, Meath County Council, Roscommon County Council, Venue Sponsors: Dublin City Council (The Round Room), The Mansion House (Oak Room), Claregalway Hotel, Cork City Council & The Lifetime Lab, Craigavon Borough & The Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Prize Sponsors: Delphi Adventure Cen-tre, Delta Force Frontier Paintballing, Dublin Food Co-Op, Dublin Zoo, Fallon & Byrne, Kippure Estate Adventure, Lush, One Great Adventure, Patagonia, Rainforest Adventure Golf, Universal Pictures Ireland, Entertainment: Stephen Byrne (RTE Presenter), Mundo Capoeira IrelandSupporters: Michael D. Higgins (President of Ireland), Andrew Montague (Lord Mayor of Dublin), Colm Ennis, Grehan Printers Ltd., Ian Corbett (Toyota Ireland), Rothar, Mervyn Horgan, Phil Cahill Building Services, Tommy Clancy Photography, Youthreach

    The Young Environmentalist Awards are organised by ECO-UNESCO, Irelands Environmental Education and Youth Organisation. For further information please contact:

    ECO-UNESCO, The Greenhouse, 17 St Andrew Street, Dublin 2

    Tel: +353 (0)1 662 5491Fax: +353 (0)1 662 5493Email: info@ecounesco.ieWeb: www.ecounesco.ie

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  • Welcome to Irelands Biggest Celebration of Youth ECO-Action!

    Welcome to the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Ceremony 2012, Ire-lands biggest celebration of young people taking environmental action, and congratulations to all of you for working so hard this year. We are extremely impressed by all the young environmentalists participating in this years awards programme. All of you have shown tremendous enthusiasm, creativity and innovation in your ap-proach to protecting the environment and promoting environmental awareness among your peers, schools and youth groups, and wider community. This is the thirteenth year of the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards and since 1999 we have worked with tens of thousands of young people from all across Ireland and Northern Ireland who have participated by developing local environmental action projects to help conserve and protect the environment and encouraging others to do the same. This year, for the second year running, we ran our regional ECO-Dens. These are Dragons Den style events where young people have to pitch their projects to a panel of judges and this exciting for-mat has encouraged more young people than ever to get involved. This year, there were more than 200 registrations from almost 4,000 passionate and talented young people from every county in the island of Ireland. We have shortlisted down to 60 projects which are on display at the 2012 Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase. This showcase is a testament to the hard work, time and effort put into the projects by all the groups involved. We hope you have a fantastic showcase and awards ceremony. We trust you will continue the great work and do let us know if we can help you to develop your projects further. Please also en-courage others to take action and spread the spirit of the Young Environmentalist Awards. Thank you for making the programme such a success and we hope you have a wonderful day!

    Mark BennettChairpersonECO-UNESCO

    Elaine NevinNational DirectorECO-UNESCO

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