Young Environmentalist Awards 2022

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The ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards 2022 (YEA)  is the biggest ECO-Action programme in Ireland. The Awards recognise and rewards young people (ages 10-18) who take practical action to improve their local community, raise environmental awareness and improve the environment.

Enter Young Environmentalist Awards 2022 now

Since 1999, ECO-UNESCO has run the YEA programme to honour the work of young people to 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 49,000 young people have taken part in the YEA since it began, bringing about lasting change to the environment, and reaching countless others with awareness-raising campaigns in schools and communities throughout Ireland.

The YEA programme is a fun and exciting way to empower young people to become better citizens, to build awareness of environmental issues in the community and promote local actions and lifestyle changes to the environment.

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How do the awards work?

  1. Interested groups register online.
  2. Registered groups take part in free ‘6 Steps to Success’ regional training.
  3. Groups submit their ECO-Action projects.
  4. Internal judging panels assess all registered projects and create a shortlist.
  5. Shortlisted groups are invited to pitch their projects to a panel of expert regional judges at ECO-DENS.
  6. Finalists showcase their project at YEA Gala Showcase and Awards Ceremony.

Who can enter?​

ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards programme is open to any group of young people in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from 10-18 years of age.

Super Junior Group: 10-12 years (non-category specific)

Junior Group: 12-14 years

Senior Group: 15-18 years

Young people are encouraged to enter their own group. A group can range 2-25 individuals.

When can I enter?

Registrations are now open!

What can I enter?

Projects and actions can be submitted under the following categories:

Awards categories



Climate Change

Eco-health & well-being


Eco-Art & Design



ECO-Community Development

Local to Global & SDG Award


Marine Life

Click here to view last year’s finalist booklet, which contains all of the projects that made it through to the final showcase.

For action ideas, see YEA Programme Manual (p.49).

How do I put a project together?

To carry out your eco-action project, you will need to follow these steps:

Step 1. Put a Team Together

Step 2. Select an Environmental Issue

Step 3. Research

Step 4. Create an Action Plan

Step 5. Take Action!

Step 6. Raise Awareness

Step 7. Reflect

Please see the website, where lots of useful tools are available to help you prepare for the Young Environmentalist Awards 2022. is a national database of universities, colleges, institutes and providers of third level, CAO and PLC courses in Ireland. We operate a national search database of courses and colleges.

Steven Galvin

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