Director’s Message - November 2013
Dear friends of ECO-UNESCO,
There is no mistaking that winter is now upon us with the clock gone back, more of a chill in the air, and of course all the Christmas cheer that is starting to get underway. We’ll be getting in a bit of a festive mood ourselves here over the next few weeks in preparation for our ECO-Christmas Day on December 8th where we’ll have plenty of fun green activities for the kids such as crafts workshops, Santa’s grotto and face painting, not to mention some shopping delights for the older adults in our second hand shop, where you might just come across that perfect Christmas gift. We hope you can lend your support on the day, or in the run up to the event by donating any clothes, books and other items that are in a good condition for resale.
We’ve plenty happening at the Greenhouse before December however. We’re still on the road with our YEA Roadshow delivering the last of our regional trainings. With the deadline for registration now just around the corner, all groups are asked to register before Friday November 29th. We also have our annual National Youth Meeting coming up at the end of the month. We’re really looking forward to having 60+ young people from all over the country attending this event. Water is the theme of this year’s forum and we’ll have two days of some very interesting talks, discussions and workshops as young people, environmental experts and policy makers all examine a variety of issues around water from a local and global perspective.
Later this month we’ll be running the last of our short, one day trainings for 2013. ECO-UNESCO’s ECO-Sustainability Award training will take place on November 21st and is a must for those eager to make their organisation more sustainable. The following week, on Wednesday 27th our Leadership and Strategic Sustainable Development training takes place and is an excellent course for anybody who wants to learn more about taking leadership in planning for sustainable development.
We’re delighted to be involved once more in Science Week and we have a busy schedule of events lined up for it. Our workshop on Climate Change and Sustainably for Young People will be an excellent opportunity for young people to learn about issues surrounding climate change, why we should care for the environment and how they can take positive eco-action at home and in school. There are a lot of great events going on around the country and I hope that as many people as possible get involved with Science Week and learn and discover something new from it.
Until next time,
National Director ECO-UNESCO