ECO-UNESCO’s Youth for Sustainable Development Peer Education Programme is continuing to engage and inspire young people to get active on environmental issues. Over 80 young people from across Dublin attend this weekly programme, getting involved in building their skills as peer educators and learning from each other on the environmental issues humanity is facing.
Young people used key environmental dates in the year to raise awareness on a number of important environmental issues. Over 50 young people were involved in celebrating World Water Day and Earth Day in March-April 2016. 24 young people attended an event in European House in Dublin to mark World Water Day 2016 on 22 March with a day event held in European House in Dublin. Earth Day was celebrated at ECO-UNESCO with a workshop designed and delivered by the Youth Leaders for Change (Y-PEPS) to raise awareness among their peers.
The Y-PEPs were also busy working on their environmental action projects which were entered into ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards competition. They won an amazing five awards at the Young Environmentalist Awards, a huge well done on the success of all their hard work! One of the projects that the Groups submitted involved lobbying TDs and Councilors to allow the use of the Leap Card to use the bike share scheme in Dublin – ‘Dublin Bikes’. They were delighted to hear that as of September 2016 that this has finally came to fruition, two years after they began their campaign, which will allow more young people and those with lack of access to credit, to avail of the bike share scheme and help to reduce emissions from transport in Dublin.
The Youth for Sustainable Development programme is Recruiting!
The YSD programme is on the lookout for new members! This exciting programme involves 12 weeks of creative workshops exploring the links between local and global issues. It is run in our offices on 9 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2, and is a great opportunity to meet other young people; gain new skills; explore the links between local and global issues, and build confidence through peer education facilitation training and an environmental/community action project.