Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí Students Win Young Environmentalist Award

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THREE students from Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí in Tralee were winners in the Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) hosted by ECO-UNESCO in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday.

The Transition Year students Zoë Ní Chearúill, Máiréad De Staic and Sorcha Ní Dhonnchú won in the final of the Senior Climate Change Category for their project ‘Feabhsaigh Fast Fashion\.

After completing some research, it was collectively decided by the students that fast fashion and sustainability was an issue that needed to be highlighted.

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They conducted a school-wide survey in order to acquire data as to the knowledge and opinions of young people when it comes to fast fashion.

They also highlighted the role we can all play to reduce both the environmental impacts caused by the clothes we buy and the hardships faced by those who make the garments.

Projects from Castleisland Community College, St. Brendan’s College in Killarney, and Mercy Mounthawk Tralee also made the finals in various categories, but unfortunately did not win out.

The Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) is an all-island programme that recognises and rewards young people aged 10-18 who have taken environmental action and come up with innovative solutions to environmental issues. Over 200 projects applied to the YEA programme this year.

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