Well done to a group of young people from Stoneybatter Youth Service (SYS) who made it to the finals of the ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) and won!. The SYS group was one of the finalists in the ECO-Art & Design category, where projects involve creating artworks to inform people about nature or environmental problems.
In January this year the SYS group participated in the ECO-Unesco ECO-Choices Programme, which consists of 12 workshop sessions that are focused on empowering young people to make positive choices in their lives. The programme then culminates with an Environmental Project which is organised and carried out by the young people. ‘Passion for Fair Fashion’ is a project about sustainable fashion.
The young people involved all love fashion, but knew little about the fashion industry. They decided to learn how to design clothes with the aim of repurposing old items in order to make new ones; they hoped their idea would stop materials from being wasted. Through this, they gained really useful dressmaking skills. The young people learned that when making new clothes the fashion industry at present uses a lot of water, chemicals and energy. They also discovered that many workers are being exploited and were shocked by some of the conditions they work in and their rate of pay.
The next step for the group is to show off their clothes at a ‘Passion for Fair Fashion’ exhibition in their local community.
We look forward to hearing more!
The YEA honour the work of young people who protect, conserve and enhance the environment through local environmental projects, making a difference to their lives and the lives of others both locally and globally. Over 40,000 young people have taken part in the YEA since it began in 1999. This year’s finals took place on May 22nd in the Mansion House.