‘Green’ teens aim for national final

Green-minded young people from Kilkenny’s Ossory Youth Club competed with schools and youth groups from across Leinster at the regional Dragon’s Den-style ‘ECO-Den’ held at ECO-UNESCO’s headquarters in Dublin.

Green-minded young people from Kilkenny’s Ossory Youth Club competed with schools and youth groups from across Leinster at the regional Dragon’s Den-style ‘ECO-Den’ held at ECO-UNESCO’s headquarters in Dublin.

They pitched their projects to the panel of judges to convince them that their group should attend the final ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2012 showcase and ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin on May 8.

The County Kilkenny group inspired the judges with details from their ‘Bridge Boys Renovation Project.’ Recognising that their outdoor spaces were in need of renovation, with picnic tables vandalised and flower pots overturned, the group worked hard to sand, paint and varnish the picnic tables as well as replanting the community garden to make a positive impact on their local community.

“We are really impressed with the standard of this year’s projects which are more innovative and creative projects than ever before; we’re really looking forward to what promises to be Ireland’s biggest celebration of young people taking environmental action,” said ECO-UNESCO national director Elaine Nevin.

Members of the public can support their favourite project in an all-island online public poll, ‘The People’s Choice Award 2012.’ Voting is open until April 30 and the winners will be announced at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Gala Showcase and Award Ceremony. See www.ecounesco.ie.