“You are my heroes!”
Guest of Honour Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, president of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice gave an inspirational closing address at the ECO-UNESCO YOUNG ENVIRONMENTALIST AWARDS on May 24th in the Mansion House, Dublin, with the audience bursting into spontaneous cheering and applause as she told the gathering of over 600 young environmentalists “You are my heroes!”.

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.

The Young Environmentalist Awards Programme has been running since 1999 and has attracted the participation of over 20,000 young people and reached countless others with awareness raising campaigns in over 1,500 youth groups, schools and communities in all 32 counties of Ireland and Northern Ireland. 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

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