TY Groups From Tralee Schools In National ECO-UNESCO Final

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Presentation girls in the ‘Don’t Panic It’s Organic’ project. Photo by Dermot Crean

TWO projects from Presentation Secondary School Tralee and one from Mercy Mounthawk have made the national ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards Final and now need the public’s support to claim the People’s Choice Award

The awards ceremony takes place in the Mansion House, Dublin, on May 23 and there are four education centres from Kerry in all represented in the 84 finalists.

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They are Mercy Mounthawk, Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Castleisland Community College and Presentation Secondary School Tralee.

Their innovative projects range from fighting against deforestation promoting the use of FSC products, raising awareness about animal testing, to building a polytunnel greenhouse to grow fruits and vegetables in the school.

‘Blinded by Beauty’ is the project by TY students at Mercy Mounthawk, centred around animal testing and its effects on the environment. Their aim was to raise awareness about animal testing and show people the alternatives.

‘Don’t Panic, it’s organic’ is from the girls at Presentation Secondary School Tralee. The group focussed on the biodiversity of the school and its surroundings. They decided to fundraise for a polytunnel greenhouse in the school to grow loads of different types of fruit and vegetables.

Meanwhile another group in the school, H2OMG’ is raising awareness about the negative effects of flouride on our health. They hosted competitions in primary schools in the area and in the school and handed out leaflets around our local community to inform them of their cause.

The Presentation girls in the ‘H2OMG’ project. Photo by Dermot Crean

While all entries are hoping that their work will sufficiently impress the judges to take home a prestigious award, they will also seek the public’s support through the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award is one category that is out of the judges’ hands, with the public having all the power.

From May 2-15, the public can vote online for their favourite project, so go to www.ecounesco.ie and vote for one of the projects.


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