ECO WEEK 2020 - 18th - 22nd May

Monday 18th May

11:00 am - HANDS-ON FUN - Get upcycling! (Primary Age Group)

 

Description: Learn all the fun things you can do with an old t-shirt. We're going to learn how to make yarn. Then we will use it to knit, knit or crochet.

You will need: An old t-shirt or dress in a t-shirt material, scissors, a stick or a chopstick for a macrame project or a crochet hook for crochet or, knitting needles to knit with it. Don't forget to send us photos of your successes!

 

Speaker: Trish Bunyan

Trish has been working with primary school children for 8 years running the Afterschool programmes and multi-activity holiday camps. Trish has designed an afterschool environment of play, creativity and exploration with a strong emphasis on sustainable arts & crafts and learning through play. Trish worked as a baker and cook in the past has a strong interest in gardening and, in particular, growing her own food.

13:00 pm - Fashion Upcycling

 

Description: Fashion Upcycling is a workshop run by our very own marine biologist (and low-waste fanatic) Eimear Manning. Eimear will be showing us how to transform old clothes that we no longer want into everyday items that can be put back into real use. Grab a needle, thread, scissors, and some old clothes and get ready to jump into the sustainable world of upcycling! In this workshop, we’ll be in vogue making a face mask, and some makeup remover/exfoliating face pads.

 

Speaker: Eimear Manning

Eimear Manning works with ECO-UNESCO as our Environmental Education & Youth Coordinator. While Eimear spends most of her time talking about her expertise in marine, waste, and climate change issues, she is also a huge advocate for low-waste lifestyles. Eimear keeps old clothes and upcycles them to make refreshing new products that can be used time-and-time again.

 

16:00 pm - Green Works: Curious about Careers - Nature & Wellbeing Consultant ECO.

 

Description: Have you ever taken a forest bath? Ecowellness Consulting is a "Profit for Purpose" business helping people reconnect with nature for their health and wellbeing. Come along to meet Shirley Gleeson and learn all about her work to reduce stress and anxiety and improve quality of life through Forest Therapy and Nature-Based Interventions for Positive Mental Health.

 

Speaker: Shirley Gleeson

Shirley is a Nature & Wellbeing Consultant and the Director of Ecowellness Consulting Ltd. She is also the Co-Founder of the Forest Therapy Institute. She holds Masters Degrees in both Health Promotion and Social Work and has over twenty years of experience working in the areas of health and social care in the public, voluntary and private sector. She designs nature-based interventions to improve and enhance people’s health and wellbeing and facilitates nature-based training for mental health professionals.

 

16:30 pm - Green Works: Curious about Careers - Environmentalism and politics.

 

Description: Hear from Saoirse McHugh, a young and passionate environmentalist, a democratic socialist and a grower from Achill island in Mayo. She was a Green Party candidate for the European Parliament last year and for the General Elections this year. Through her campaign, Saoirse inspired many with her honest, articulate manner in arguing for sustainable, fair and equitable development. Find out how she got there and what it takes.

 

Speaker: Saoirse McHugh

Saoirse McHugh is an environmentalist, a democratic socialist and a grower from Achill island in Mayo. She was a Green Party candidate for the European Parliament last year and for the General Elections this year. Through her campaign, Saoirse inspired many with her honest, articulate manner in arguing for sustainable, fair and equitable development. 

 

Tuesday 19th May

11:00 am - HANDS-ON FUN - Let's Bake! Live workshop. (Primary Age Group)

 

Description: In this fun workshop you will learn the art of making delicious porridge bread. Easy, fun and the great part is...you get to eat it later. It's deeelicious!

What you will need: 500g tub yogurt (or milk and some lemon juice or vinegar), oats, baking soda, salt. Optional add-ins, any seeds, nuts, raisins, dried fruit, choc chips, berries, A loaf tin, Baking paper, bowl & spoon.

 

Speaker: Trish Bunyan

Trish has been working with primary school children for 8 years running the Afterschool programmes and multi-activity holiday camps. Trish has designed an afterschool environment of play, creativity and exploration with a strong emphasis on sustainable arts & crafts and learning through play. Trish worked as a baker and cook in the past has a strong interest in gardening and, in particular, growing her own food.

 

 

13:00 pm  - VEGHUNS Cooking Demo. Co-hosted with Friends of the Earth.

 

Description: Veghuns, three vegan best friends, will host an all-levels cooking demo for some staple vegan meals. This could help you start a plant-based diet, lower your carbon footprint or just show you some delicious substitutes for animal products. Evelyn, Kate and Linda have completely different cooking abilities but all love eating vegan food and want to show you how easy and delicious it is.
@veghuns  www.instagram.com/veghuns

 

Speaker: Evelyn Kate Linda

3 vegan gals navigating their way through plant-based eating in Dublin, Ireland and abroad. These huns share vegan recommendations for restaurants, recipes and products while raising awareness for animal liberation, climate justice and human rights. They demonstrate how to make vegan comfort food, healthy recipes and quick snacks while answering any questions you have.

 

 

15:00 pm - Veggie Debate. Co-hosted with Friends of the Earth

 

Description: Veganism is a hot topic at the moment especially when it comes to environmentalism. Sabrina, is a specialist in climate policy who works on agriculture and farming, Triona coordinates an agri-activist group who work with vegetable & livestock farmers who are concerned about environmental issues. We also know some young people feel guilty about eating meat when they care about the environment and others just can’t imagine life without a chicken fillet roll! Join us for this fascinating discussion during which  Triona and Sabrina will unpick the veggie debate.

 

Speakers: Sabrina Dekker & Triona Reid

 

Sabrina Dekker: Sabrina's interest in climate change and cities began when she read Bill Peet's "The Wump World". A simple book that made her keenly aware of how we are responsible for the planet, but also the power of nature. Her parents' fed her curiousity by getting me a subscription for Ranger Rick magazines and she would spend her free time learning about lemurs in Madagascar and whales. As her parents were both immigrants, her childhood was filled with stories of their home countries and this played a significant role in her desire to learn about different cities and cultures; and ultimately, her education and career choice of public policy which has provided the opportunity to live, work and study around the world.  Sabrina holds a PhD from University College Dublin’s School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, a Master of Public Affairs from Sciences Po Paris, a Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and a BA from the University of British Columbia.

 

Triona Reid: Triona Reid is Outreach Manager for Friends of the Earth Ireland, working primarily on their Food Sovereignty project, 'Growing Together'. Triona spends her days working with young farmers and agri-activists from across Ireland and Europe. She has a long history of activism focusing on issues such as plastics, fossil fuels, food & farming, women's rights and housing. She has lived and worked on both a large cattle farm and in an off-grid, vegetarian, sustainable community. She is passionate about environmental issues and has a particular interest in food and farming.
 

 

 

16:00 pmGreen Works: I want to change the world – how do I do that?

 

Description: The future of work is changing even faster now during the COVID pandemic. What will the new normal look like in the world of work? Come along to this talk to learn how you can build your strengths and find your way to the future you want.

 

Speakers: John Mannion

John Mannion is Health & Public Service Innovation Lead based at the Dock, Accenture’s Global Innovation and Research Centre. His area of expertise in the Dock is Workforce of the Future, having worked with clients in learning, change management, reskilling and organisation development.  He worked previously in Accenture Consulting across Health, Public Service as well as Resources, Financial Services and CSR. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore, and a BA in History from Trinity College Dublin. John is from Roscommon and worked as a teacher in China and also in Unions before Accenture.

 

16:30 pmGreen Works: Curious about Careers - Green Architecture

 

Description: Can you imagine a safe, prosperous future where our children can live in healthy, walkable, socially connected communities, in high quality non-toxic environments free of fear of out of control climate change? Can you imagine a future where our buildings are part of restoring natural systems rather than destroying them? Johanna Varghese is a green architect who works to create sustainable buildings and cities in EU projects. Come along to learn about her pathway into this exciting and important field.

 

Speakers: Johanna Varghese

Johanna Varghese is a green architect who works to create sustainable buildings and cities in EU projects.

 

 

16:30 pmClimate Change and your Subject Areas (for post-primary teachers and educators)

 

Description: In this workshop, we will explore how to go deeper with the issue of climate change in the classroom and how it relates and can be integrated into your subject areas and the curriculum.

 

Speakers: Lizzy Noone

Lizzy Noone works for WorldWise Global Schools-a Global Citizenship Education programme for secondary schools and has worked in this area for over 20 years previously working on Concern's Active Citizenship programme.
She is passionate about changing the world through education and exploring the root causes of global issues such as climate change.

 

 

Wednesday 20th May

11:00 am - HANDS-ON FUN - Make your own bath scrubs. (Primary Age Group)

 

Description: Have fun making these homemade bath scrubs from things you have in your kitchen. Watch the video then try it yourself. Indulge in a feel-good bath or give one as a gift!

You will need: Old coffee grounds (from your Mom or Dads coffee pot), brown sugar (demerara is good or granulated is fine otherwise), coconut oil or sunflower oil, rough salt (optional), vanilla (optional), essential oils (optional)
Don't forget to send us photos of your successes!

 

Speakers: Trish Bunyan

Trish has been working with primary school children for 8 year running the Afterschool programmes and multi activity holiday camps. Trish has designed an afterschool environment of play, creativity and exploration with a strong emphasis on sustainable arts & crafts and learning through play . Trish worked as a baker and cook in the past has a strong interest in gardening and , in particular , growing her own food .

 

 

11:30 am - Simple ways to deliver Development Education Online. (For Mentors and Teachers)

 

Description: In this interactive session you will explore key aspects when facilitating Development Education activities online; from participant engagement, to creating personal connection, and a variety of other methods to result in high engagement from the participants. The session is aimed at teachers, youth workers, mentors and youth leaders who wish to cover topics related to sustainable development and global citizenship to young people online.  We will cover practical and simple techniques to bring typical DE activities into a virtual environment (photo activities, moving debates, etc.)

 

Speakers: Sal Healy and Elaine Mahon

Sal Healy: Sal Healy works part-time as Finance Officer for IDEA. While Sal leads on financial aspects of IDEA, she also leads on membership for the organisation in terms of strategy and collective engagement. Sal previously worked in Amnesty International as the Human Rights Education Officer focusing on primary school teacher CPD programme ‘Rights Sparks’ as well as a post-primary anti-discrimination project across four European countries. Sal recently finished her MA from DCU in International Development, Environment and Conflict in 2019.
 

Elaine Mahon: Elaine Mahon works part-time as Capacity Development Programme manager for IDEA.  Elaine’s role is to lead the capacity development programme for IDEA's members.  She is also a freelance trainer and facilitator on topics related to international development, human rights and equality in non-formal education and youth work in Ireland and abroad.  Elaine has also worked at the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) and, prior to this, spent two years in Sudan as a human rights officer with the European Commission, as well as a year in Brussels.

 

 

13:00 pm - Advance Film Screening & talk: Textile Mountain: The Hidden Burden of our Fashion Waste

 

Description: We in Europe throw away 2 million tonnes of textiles each year. But do we know what happens to our clothing when we donate them to charity shops and textile recycling banks? Up to 70% of our donated clothing are baled, sold and exported overseas to sub-Saharan Africa for re-sale in local markets. This short documentary looks at the ‘afterlife’ of our clothes, tracing our donated garments from textile recycling banks in Europe to landfills and waterways in the Global South. It encourages us to rethink how we make, wear and reuse our clothes for a more sustainable future for all.

It’s time to #SlowDownFashion – we need to think before we buy!

After the screening, join filmmaker Fellipe Lopes and Caitriona Rogerson to discuss some of the issues raised in the documentary and explore how YOU can use the medium of film as a powerful tool for change.

 

Speakers: Catriona Rogerson & Fellipe Lopes

Catriona Rogerson: Caitriona is the coordinator of the Make Ireland Sustainable for All project with the Irish Environmental Network, which focuses on raising action and awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is also the researcher and producer of the short film Textile Mountain: The Hidden Burden of our Fashion Waste, which was produced as part of the Europe-wide #WardrobeChange campaign calling for a radical transformation of the fast fashion industry.
 

Fellipe Lopes: Fellipe is filmmaker and photographer from Brazil who has spent the last decade working in over 15 countries and more than 50 cities across Latin America, North America, Africa and Europe. From the dense urban landscapes of New York City and London to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Fellipe has used the medium of film to document social injustice, raise awareness of environmental issues and help share the stories of those most on the margins. Fellipe was the filmmaker and editor of  Textile Mountain: The Hidden Burden of our Fashion Waste. You can find more about Fellipe’s work here: https://fellipelopes.com/

 

 

15:00 pm - Join the Fashion Revolution! Becoming a Fashion Activist

 

Description: We are producing, consuming and throwing away more clothes than ever before. Within the last fifteen years, the production of clothes has doubled, yet each item is kept half as long. Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned.
We need to radically transform the fashion industry for the sake of people and planet – and for that to happen, we need YOU!
Join Carrie Ann Moran, coordinator of Fashion Revolution Ireland, to find out how you can rise up, take action and become a fashion revolutionary.

 

Speakers: Catriona Rogerson & Carrie Ann Moran

Catriona Rogerson: Caitriona is the coordinator of the Make Ireland Sustainable for All project with the Irish Environmental Network, which focuses on raising action and awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is also the researcher and producer of the short film Textile Mountain: The Hidden Burden of our Fashion Waste, which was produced as part of the Europe-wide #WardrobeChange campaign calling for a radical transformation of the fast fashion industry.
 

Carrie Ann Moran: Sustainability Manager NCBICounty, Coordinator Fashion Revolution Ireland.

Carrie Ann is an award-winning Irish social entrepreneur, recognised nationally as a leading voice on circular fashion.  For almost 15 years, Carrie Ann has pushed sustainable fashion in Ireland, gaining recognition for her industry perspective and her pragmatic approach to embedding sustainability and circularity themes into the mainstream.  She holds an honours degree in Law, Dip in Fashion, Post Grad Environmental Management and an MSc in Environmental Sustainability.  
As Sustainability Manager for leading Irish charity NCBI, Carrie Ann is responsible for
end of life and cradle-to cradle strategies for 1,850 tonnes of donated clothing across 117 stores nationwide and internal sustainability practices within NCBI, implementing programmes to reduce carbon footprint, energy consumption and waste.  She is also the country coordinator for Fashion Revolution Ireland annual campaign and recently appointed to the National Advisory Committee of the Irish Government for the implementation on Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy.
In her previous role as Head of Fashion at the Rediscovery Centre, Ireland’s National Centre for the Circular Economy, she established the Rediscover Fashion programme.  This was the first programme of its kind in Ireland, combining high-end fashion design with environmental mindfulness whilst upskilling local communities to re-enter the workforce.
Carrie Ann’s expertise span numerous fields from lecturing, fashion design, environmental management, sustainability and labour rights.  She is committed to bringing awareness of the environmental impacts and ethics within the fashion industry and works towards circularity and transparency. 

 

 

 

16:00 pm - Green Works: Education and career opportunities - How to be rich in all areas

 

Description: Did you know you can now do a degree in the Sustainable Development Goals at UCD? Or that you can work in any sector with an environmental degree? There are so many possibilities for study and work success with sustainability. Young people come to be inspired; Mentors, counselors, parents and teachers come to take notes!

 

Speakers: Professor Patrick Paul Walsh

Patrick Paul Walsh is a Full Professor of International Development Studies and the Director of the UCD Centre for Sustainable Development Studies. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics. He is part of projects with the Government of Ireland, Marie Curie (Brussels), IZA (Bonn), RSA (London) and REPOA (Tanzania) Fellow.

 

16:30 pm - Green Works: Curious about Careers - Environmental Activism

 

Description: Do you care about making a difference? Darcy Lonergan was Ireland's youngest mayor (of Carrickmacross, Monaghan) and is now the Energy and Sustainability Manager at the Union of Students Ireland as well as a Green Party Councillor in Dublin City. She is passionate about issues like fairtrade, sustainable community development and eco fashion and always finds creative ways to make positive impact.

 

Speakers: Darcy Lonergan

 

 

16:30 pm - Mentoring Development Education Action projects - Turn knowledge into action

 

Description: An expert in developing ideas into action and supporting students to make meaningful positive change in their communities Sue will share her wealth of experience and ideas with you. Ask questions and pick up tips on rolling out and developing your 6 steps to success.

 

Speakers: Susan Adams

Sue Adams works for the Education for Sustainability Institute. She works in schools across Ireland delivering sustainability modules to transition year students and environmental workshops that focus on taking action . Sue spear headed a plastic free schools initiative that has been rolled out in 22 schools across the country. She has entered the YEA annually since 2017 and she has won our ECO Mentor award and the schools that have entered under her leadership have all won in their categories. Sue has supported 5 groups to win awards in their respective categories which have ranged from Eco Enterprise, Super Junior, Climate Change and Waste.

Thursday 21st May

11:30 am - Sharks are Friends - not Food!

 

Description: Learn about the exciting world of sharks and looks at why apex predators are so vital for the health and wellbeing of our planet. Marine biologist Eimear Manning has hands-on experience working with sharks on the Miami coast. She will be explaining her work, her education to get to this point, and giving career advice on how YOU can enter the scientific field too. Get your shark questions ready!

 

Speakers: Eimear Manning

Eimear Manning graduated from UCD with a masters degree in Environmental Sustainability (where she specialised on marine and freshwater environments). Eimear has since been elected to 3 marine ambassadorships: one with Sharks4kids, another with the American Elasmobranch (shark) Society, and the most recent being an All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador. She spends her summers in Miami catching, tagging, and releasing large coastal sharks and stingrays. The data collected from these species are used in undergraduate and graduate projects across the U.S.A. She hopes to use her knowledge and experience in highlighting the importance of sharks in Irish waters.

 

 

14:00 pm - Young Environmentalist Awards 2020 Winners Announcement🎉 ECO-UNESCO YouTube Channel

 

Host: Tara Stewart

RTÉ R&B and hiphop DJ speaks of on-air nerves, social media and ethics of branding.

 

Speakers: Mary Robinson

First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chair of The Elders; a passionate, forceful advocate for gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building and human dignity.

 

 

16:00 pm - Learning our way to sustainability: Where can transformative pedagogy take us?

 

Description: In this workshop, we will look at the theory and practice of transformative pedagogy. We will ask what it offers education for sustainable development and how we can work with its methods in the classroom. We will also try one activity out ourselves.

 

Speakers: Caitlin Wilson

Caitlin Wilson has an M.S. in environmental studies and her teaching certification from the University of Iceland. She was project manager of Green Schools in Iceland before moving to Ireland and joining the ECO-UNESCO team.

Friday 22nd May

11:00 am - HANDS-ON FUN -Plant up your old egg cartons! (Primary Age Group)

 

Description: Plant up some old egg cartons. Watch the video and then try it yourself.
What you will need: Egg cartons (including lids), seeds (courgette/sunflower/beetroot seeds would be great but anything you have at home or you can find easily), soil.
Don't forget to send us photos of your successes!

 

Speakers: Trish Bunyan

Trish has been working with primary school children for 8 year running the Afterschool programmes and multi activity holiday camps. Trish has designed an afterschool environment of play, creativity and exploration with a strong emphasis on sustainable arts & crafts and learning through play . Trish worked as a baker and cook in the past has a strong interest in gardening and , in particular , growing her own food .

12:00 pm - How to improve your well-being in these trying times! Co-hosted with Friends of the Earth

 

Description: Let's talk about your well-being.  Is well-being in your body? Or just in your mind? What about other people; how can you develop great relationships with others? And why is nature a gateway to the life you want?

 

Speakers: Kathryn McCabe

Kathryn Mc Cabe is a social ecologist, professional facilitator and leadership development specialist.
She studied Science and Applied Physics at Maynooth University, but continued seeking academic pathways that would explore a big picture approach to changing the world.
A radical masters in Australia, Social Ecology, enabled her to engage with complex systems, design context-specific change strategies and, crucially, feel inspired about what is possible when people feel respected and trusted to take their next step towards transformation.
She was a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, has worked internationally guiding NGOs and large multinationals towards sustainability and well-being. She has a special interest in youth Rites of Passage; directing a 6 week residential summer program on Vancouver Island, Canada and a 9 month program in The Phoenix Park with Wild Awake. She is a published author in Social Ecology; Applying Ecological Thinking to Our Lives and Our work.
She is the Director of The Change Agency, an organisation designing regenerative programmes for groups that are engaged in wellbeing and change: community, politicians, schools, and business.  

1:00 pm - HANDS-ON ZINE MAKING!  Get your message out there and have fun while you're at it. Learn how to make zines. Co-hosted with Friends of the Earth 

 

Description: What are zines? Why make them? How do I make one?

A zine is a self-published booklet, often created by one person or a small group to raise awareness of an issue. Zines are usually drawn by hand or put together by cutting and gluing images and text together.

 

This will be a structured workshop exploring zines and breaking down barriers to making them. By the end of the workshop, you will have made your own zine, and hopefully, be inspired to make more! This workshop is open to all levels of experience - you don't have to be a great drawer, experienced zine maker, or even think of yourself as creative! For this zine workshop, we will be exploring the links between the current food system and environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss. We will create zines that highlight the issues & draw attention to possible solutions. 

 

What you'll need? To participate, you'll need a pen/pencil, paper (preferably A4) and scissors. If you've got glue and any old magazines or flyers lying around, these would be helpful too! If you just want to watch along, that's a valid form of participation - there is going to be no pressure to do activities, speak, or share, if that's not something you enjoy! If you have any questions, or you would find it easier to participate with access to some or all of the workshop materials in advance, please get in touch.

 

Speakers: Lilith Cooper

Lilith Cooper (they/them) is a zine maker, author, cyclist, and mental health activist. They are a founding member of the Edinburgh Zine Library, a collectively run reference library of zines hosted by the Central Library in Edinburgh, and co-run a community arts organisation in Kirkcaldy, where they live.

www.lilithjoycecooper.com / @lilithjoycecooper (Instagram) / @coops_LJ (Twitter)

3:00 pm - For 5th & 6th years -  Stress relief in these trying times! 

 

Description: Uncertainty! Isolation! Stress! We all need support and tools right now.

In this workshop, you will discover 5 tools for stress release (which differs from stress management tools like meditation) so that stress does not lead to anxiety.

We will look at what happens in the brain and body under stress. You will have a chance to chat with others (if you want) and to generate your own actions.

 

Speakers: Kathryn McCabe

Kathryn Mc Cabe is a social ecologist, professional facilitator and leadership development specialist.
She studied Science and Applied Physics at Maynooth University but continued seeking academic pathways that would explore a big picture approach to changing the world.
A radical masters in Australia, Social Ecology, enabled her to engage with complex systems, design context-specific change strategies and, crucially, feel inspired about what is possible when people feel respected and trusted to take their next step towards transformation.
She was a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, has worked internationally guiding NGOs and large multinationals towards sustainability and well-being. She has a special interest in youth Rites of Passage; directing a 6-week residential summer program on Vancouver Island, Canada and a 9-month program in The Phoenix Park with Wild Awake. She is a published author in Social Ecology; Applying Ecological Thinking to Our Lives and Our work.
She is the Director of The Change Agency, an organisation designing regenerative programmes for groups that are engaged in wellbeing and change: community, politicians, schools, and business.

 

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