Ours To Protect with John Morley (EP 23)
Ours to Protect is a unique and exciting audio project – a collaboration of local and regional broadcasters from across the country who have come together to tackle climate change, champion climate action, and inform and educate audiences all over Ireland about how they can make a difference.
Today on ‘Ours To Protect’ John Morley talks to Elaine Nevin, National Director at ECO-UNESCO about encouraging environmentalism in young people.
Did you know…
- A survey conducted at BT Young Scientist 2023 found that more than half of Irish students say climate change worries or concerns them.
- 91% believe science and technology can help combat the crisis.
- Young women are more likely to rate the crisis as “very serious.”
Why is it important to encourage environmentalism in young people…
- Sustainability: It fosters a sense of responsibility for the planet leading to a more sustainable future.
- Awareness: It raises awareness about pressing environmental issues, inspiring youth to act and advocate for positive change.
- Interconnectedness: Teaching environmentalism highlights the interconnectedness of ecosystems and the impact of human actions.
What can I do to help support the promotion of environmentalism in young people?
- Education: Support environmental education in local schools and communities.
- Lead by Example: Practice habits to set a good example.
- Advocate for Policy Change: Support policies and legislation addressing environmental concerns and involving young people in advocacy efforts.
Here’s a few websites if you want to know more!
https://ecounesco.ie/ – ECO UNESCO
https://greenschoolsireland.org/ – Green Schools Ireland
https://www.youngfoe.ie/ – Young Friends of the Earth
For more info go over to galwaybayfm.ie, click on Our to Protect image on home page. You could try out the ‘Ecological Footprint’ calculator and you can take a quick survey.
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