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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 11/11/2020 - 21:27

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  1. Green volunteering
  2. Green production and consumption

Green volunteering


No centrally-provided programmes or actions aiming to help young people engage in green volunteering activities exist. However, several programmes are on offer to young people from third-sector organisations, including the following:

  • Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE), promoted locally by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, is an international network of young people involved in environmental journalism and education for sustainable development. The goal for participants, aged 11 to 21, is to investigate environmental issues and problems and report on them through written, photographic or video journalism while investigating solutions. Young Reporters for the Environment investigate, propose solutions, and report on environmental issues in their area. 
  • The #iwill4nature campaign launched in 2019 as part of the UK’s Year of Green Action. It is an initiative to bring young people (10-20 year olds) into the heart of environmental action through environmental volunteering such as litter-picking, maintaining green spaces or campaigning for the zero-plastic agenda.
  • Ulster Wildlife offers young people aged 11-24 the chance to gain practical skills and to work towards an accredited qualification through environmental projects in their Grassroots Challenge programme.
  • the Conservation Volunteers in Northern Ireland provide unemployed young people aged 18 or over with practical experience and skills building in conservation, horticulture or land management through their Training for Employment programme.

Green production and consumption

Eco-Schools, a programme which is part-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, runs the Travel Challenge with Translink. The challenge, which is open to all primary schools across Northern Ireland, outlines the benefits for the environment of using sustainable transport and provides schools with a range of engaging activities to complete.