ECO-Day at Dominican College Drumcondra!
As part of the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) judging process ECO-UNESCO staff visit schools and youth groups around Ireland to see the inspiring ECO-Action being taken by young people. On her site visit roadshow, ECO-UNESCO’s Sandy McGroarty visits the students of the Dominican College in Drumcondra…
As I made my way to Drumcondra to meet the Transition Year students who entered a total of 9 projects into the Young Environmentalist Awards 2010, I was already impressed by the sheer amount of work the group had done and the range of environmental issues they had taken action on. I was met by their teacher Blathin Roche who taught the Transition year ECO-Class (the first of its kind in the Dominican College) that met once a week to learn and take action on all things green. This culminated in an ECO-Day that got all the school involved and showcased the 9 Young Environmentalist Awards projects which dealt with waste, eco-technology, eco-art & design and energy. It was the latter project on energy we were there to visit and speak with the group about.
I was very impressed by the 5 students as they spoke confidently and passionately about the many actions they carried out including raising awareness about energy usage, facilitating workshops with pupils from all years on how to make paper briquettes, researching and facilitating the installation of foilsavers in their school and presenting a proposal to the school’s committee to change from single to double glazed windows! Their one project alone was full of great action and it was clear it was making a real difference not only in their school but also to their own behavior and at home. It’s just truly inspiring to see how one group can have such an effect.
When I spoke to the other groups involved in the ECO-Day and the Young Environmentalist Awards, you can imagine how inspired and happy I was to hear that they had all done immense work of which they were clearly brimming with pride. From putting battery and phone recycling points in neighboring schools to creating a large scale ‘environmentally themed’ snakes and ladders game out of old jumpers and decorating the many recycling bins as frogs (equipped with ‘feed the frogs’ signs) all over the school.
Eco-tip from Dominican college: don’t have small bins in classrooms but instead have larger well labeled recycling bins in corridors outside. These bins are located in each year’s area and are measured and monitored so the biggest wasters can be put up on their wall of shame!!
Don’t forget to come and see the fantastic project carried out by Dominican College while it’s on display at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Showcase and Awards in the Mansion House, Dublin. The Showcase will be open to the public from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on May 12!