LET IT BEE

by Sylvia Pownall
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Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase Innovative Projects

Students of Loreto College, Swords think they are the bee’s knees – but they have every reason to celebrate.

The eco-friendly teenagers are buzzing with excitement after winning the overall junior award at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist finals at the Mansion House in Dublin last week.
The girls’ ‘Let it Bee’ project saw them plant a wild flower garden in the school to provide a habitat for, you guessed it, bees and other insects.

The awards national finals took place at the Round Room in Dublin's Mansion House. 

The awards national finals took place at the Round Room in Dublin’s Mansion House.

They also raised awareness about the decline in bee population due to chemical sprays and the threat of pollutants to the natural world.
The group also organised a concert which included a short drama and a rap on the bee population, as well as handing out seeds to parents and persuading Fingal County Council to plant flowers on the River Valley roundabout.
A school spokesman said:

“They are over the moon with the win. They did their bee rap on stage and judges loved it. They really deserved the recognition because they put a lot of hard work into it.”

This year’s competition featured 84 finalists from all over Ireland and saw young people aged 10 to 18 address the present and future challenges of climate change with a range of innovative projects.

The Young Environmentalist Awards, now in their 18th year, feature environmental projects from schools and young people between the ages of 10 and 18 across the island of Ireland.  

The Young Environmentalist Awards, now in their 18th year, feature environmental projects from schools and young people between the ages of 10 and 18 across the island of Ireland.

The annual ECO-UNESCO awards have provided over 40,000 young people with an opportunity to take action and raise awareness in their own community on issues that matter most to them since it began in 1999.

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