Brigaders speak out at ECO-Week

Girls’ Brigade members participated in Saturday’s I am the Change Showcase event. They spoke out about the fast fashion industry and the issue of food waste.

The showcase was the highlight of ECO-UNESCO’s ECO-Week. The week marked the end of the Youth Climate Justice Challenge. This Youth Climate Justice Challenge started in September and involved young people from SpuntOut.ie, Young Irish Filmmakers, No Name Club, Irish Girl Guides, and The Girls’ Brigade Ireland.

Since September, young people around Ireland have been learning about Climate Justice issues. After an introductory workshop, they researched topics independently. They then completed action projects to have an impact on their communities.

Members of the 40th Company based in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim learned about the issue of food waste. They highlighted the importance of buying food that may not look “perfect” but is still perfect to eat. They also worked with a local charity to collect food items for disadvantaged families in their community.

Another group in Manorhamilton investigated the issue of fast fashion. They learned about the factories where clothing is made in other countries. They proposed setting up a GB uniform swap shop to re-use second hand uniforms.

Similarly, in Dublin, the 11th Company Sandymount-Irishtown tackled the issue of fast fashion. Their approach was to upcycle items of clothing to give them a new lease of life. They also provided encouragement and ideas for others to follow suit.

You can watch the presentations given by Girls’ Brigade members below. Well done to all the girls who took part! Thanks also to their leaders for supporting them and to ECO-UNESCO for including us in this project!

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