A team of climate aware students from Scoil Mhuire Buncrana have won recognition in the national Young Environmentalist Awards.
The 27-strong group picked up an award in the Senior Eco-Community Development Category for their positive eco efforts in their community over two years.
After starting their project back in 2018, the group has written articles to create awareness on climate change, striked in support of Greta Thunberg, introduced bike racks to encourage more eco-friendly transport methods and have promoted the use of reusable products. Teacher Denise Dowds, a climate ambassador and climate hero 2018, has been with the group as they made their ecofriendly dreams come true.
The CLI-MATES goal is to have a cli-mate group in every school across Ireland. They are also working towards publishing a book on climate change.
Now in their 21st year, the Young Environmentalist Awards hosted by ECO-UNESCO recognises the efforts made by young people aged 10 to 18 years old across Ireland who have worked towards improving the environment. ECO-UNESCO, Ireland’s Environmental Education and Youth Organisation has seen over 50,000 young people involved in the Young Environmentalist Awards since 1999.