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St Catherine’s College Wins the Eco-Unesco Young Environmentalist Award

Pictured are the inspiring group of Key Stage Three Pupils who scooped the Young Environmentalist Award in the Eco-Unesco Project.

A group of Key Stage Three pupils from St Catherine’s College not only took top spot in the Climate Change Junior Award category for schools across Ireland, but it was also declared Junior Overall Winners of the ECO-UNESCO Youth Environmentalist Award (YEA). They scooped these phenomenal awards for their innovative project called ‘Cooling the Callan’ during a prestigious online Awards Ceremony last month.

Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment. The St. Catherine’s College Eco Club members and their teacher Mr Joe Timlin are delighted that their project, which aimed to highlight the impact of climate change on our local rivers, was announced as outright winners in this prestigious competition.

The delighted pupils and teacher, Mr J Timlin, celebrate with joy during the online Awards ceremony for the Eco-Unesco Young Environmentalist Awards Ceremony.

As part of their project, they planted 40 tree saplings, generously donated by The Woodland Trust. The team carried out research on a local and global scale and came up with the idea to plant trees close to the River Callan in order to provide shade around the river, helping to decrease the water temperature. With increased shade and cooler water, the ecology and living organisms within the water will be able to survive the impacts of climate change.

As well as a social media campaign, posters and school assembly to raise awareness of the issue, on Tuesday the 11th of January, they met with local MLA Justin McNulty at the tree planting event.The girls were then interviewed by a panel of judges after delivering an online presentation explaining their project’s processes and objectives.

Mr Justin McNulty, guest speaker at the Key Stage Three Prize-Giving, presented the team with a special tribute. Pictured L - R Rebecca Rafferty, Blaithin Mohan, Niamh Cullen and Cliodhna McKeever, representing the Eco-Unesco team are pictured with Justin.

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