25 May 2012

Lucan Students Presented with ECO UNESCO Award by local Minister, Frances Fitzgerald

"I was delighted to open the ceremony for the ECO UNESCO Young Environmentalist awards in the Mansion House and pleased to see my own area represented among the winners," said Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs.

Students from St. Joseph’s Community College in Lucan were among those recognised at the awards ceremony. They were the joint winners of the Junior ECO-Art and Design Award for their project Eco-Warriors: Our Action/The Reaction

"Students from Lucan’s St Joseph’s College were presented with an award in recognition of their efforts to make Ireland a greener country. The Young Environmentalist awards are a great way of creating awareness of the need to be more environmentally friendly and as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs I look forward to supporting this initiative," concluded Frances Fitzgerald.

Minister Fitzgerald delivered an uplifting speech at the awards ceremony congratulating over 600 young environmentalists present for their work among their peers, their schools and youth groups, and their wider communities.

At the event the Minister said, “Active citizenship is all about being willing to take personal action. It’s about providing leadership in your community and setting example to others.  Your involvement in this competition is active citizenship.  Our communities and our country need active citizens.  I hope that you will continue to be involved in your communities in the years ahead and that you will continue to take an active role in the protection of our environment.”

“If the enthusiasm and commitment on display at the ceremony by students like those representing St. Joseph’s College is anything to go by it is clear that our young people will be instrumental in ensuring that Ireland has a bright future.  I was very impressed by the efforts of all those in attendance and congratulate them for their active interest in our environment,” continued Fitzgerald.

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.