Ireland’s youth environmental organisation, Eco-Unesco, celebrates 30 years
December 16th 2016
ECO-UNESCO, Ireland’s Environmental Education and Youth Organisation, celebrated its 30th year of conserving the environment and empowering young people.
Supporters and members of the public marked the significant milestone at a celebratory festive event in the Wood Quay Venue on Wednesday 14th December.
Guests were treated to an evening that took a look over the achievements of ECO-UNESCO over the past 30 years, and all the young people who have turned their passion and skills to protecting the Irish environment. Hosts Clara Murray and Ande Gray, RTEjr presenters of Pop Goes The Weekend, guided the audience through a fun and inspiring evening of interviews with special guests that included young people who are involved with ECO-UNESCO, and Elaine Nevin, National Director of ECO-UNESCO.
“We are delighted to celebrate this special milestone and to reflect on the impressive development and growth of the organisation. ECO-UNESCO would not have reached where it is today without the magnificent work and achievements of young people, and all the staff and volunteers over the years. It was fantastic to recognise this work in the Wood Quay Venue, and we look forward to the next 30 years” comments Elaine Nevin, ECO-UNESCO’s National Director.
Since it was established in 1986 by a group of young people, ECO-UNESCO has developed and grown into a vibrant, dynamic organisation which has created a wide range of innovative programmes that aim to promote the personal development of young people. The programmes build their skills, confidence and self-esteem enabling them to become active citizens whilst developing a knowledge and an understanding of the natural environment.
Each year, over 10,000 young people from across the island of Ireland get involved in learning about the environment and taking action to protect it. Their innovative programmes include the prestigious Young Environmental Awards, Youth for Sustainable Development (a peer education youth leadership training programme), ECO-Clubs, and ECO-Choices (a drugs prevention and well-being programme). Youth leaders and teachers are also supported on introducing environmental education in their activities with young people. ECO-UNESCO is affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA).
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