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Local Students In Final Of Eco Unesco

Eco UnescoPictured from left to right are students Sarah Burns and Sara Burs from Skerries Community College, Matthew Kelly ,Mario Getzov Ardgillan and Kevin Harkin from Ardgillan Cummings College and Naoise Ensor Skerries.

Students from Skerries Community College, Ardgillan Community College Balbriggan and Balbriggan ETNS have made it to the final of the Eco Unesco Young Environmentalists. The awards takes place on 23rd May in the Mansion House where fifty finalists will showcase their projects. The ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards is Ireland’s biggest all-island celebration of youth ECO-Action.

Skerries Community College and Ardgillan College are working together on a project called I’m Lichin It’, and it aims to show people that Lichens (small little plant like creatures), can be good indicators of pollution.

Speaking to the County Leader, Sara from Skerries Community College told us a bit about the project, “Lichens come indifferent shapes, sizes and colours. A green lichen indicates that a town is not heavily polluted while a red lichen is a sign of an unhealthy town. An example of a healthy town is Skerries.”

Meanwhile in Balbriggan ENTS, there was great excitement in the school when the project was shortlisted for the Final, where they will join over 80 other groups from around Ireland. The project, ‘Think Global, Act Local, Bee Seed Selfie’, focused on biodiversity and in particular planting wildflowers for bees and other pollinators like butterflies. The students researched about biodiversity and global issues, made posters inspiring people to care about the environment, organised a community wide planting initiative and made a video about their work. The group are calling on the support of the public to vote for their project for the ‘People’s Choice Award 2017, on www.ecounesco.ie and the winner will be announced at the Final.