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South Dublin County Council’s Eco Week 2012

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South Dublin County Council’s eight annual Eco-Week will be officially launched on Tuesday 24th April by Mayor Cllr Catriona Jones at County Hall, Tallaght. The launch involves an anti-litter recycled flag parade by the finalists of the South Dublin County Council funded Garbo Productions Code Name Green Warp anti-litter Drama workshop programme.

Over 1200 primary school students from around South Dublin County took part in this anti-litter drama workshop. Student’s role played being a member of an anti-litter clean kid’s task force. They created their own anti-litter slogan and anti-litter flag made from recycled materials. The students even elected their own junior mayor to head the anti-litter task force and wrote an anti-litter speech.

Mayor of South Dublin County Catriona Jones said “Eco –Week events have something for everyone and provide people with simple actions that can reduce costs in the home or in a business, help you save money by growing your vegetables or by composting. These activities really do show people that it can pay to be environmentally friendly, that you can really save money by managing your waste at home and in businesses efficiently.”

Environmental Awareness Officer Sorcha O’Brien said “Eco Week is all about spreading an important message that its Our Environment, let’s protect it, we want to inspire the people of South Dublin County to think about how they affect the environment and what they could do differently to protect it.”

 “Eco-Week has an exciting variety of free events to appeal to everyone living and working in South Dublin County. Through these events we hope to raise awareness of environmental issues and solutions in a fun and practical way.”

 All the activities are open to everyone from Community Groups to Schools, Householders to Individuals and Businesses. The events range from workshops like The Smoothie Bike Energy Workshop, Green Business Talk: Increase Efficiency, Reduce Costs, a Graffiti Wipeout Workshop for Community Groups; to a Wildlife Walk in Waterstown Park

 Bookings for all events will only be taken from Monday 16th April onwards. Please note that bookings will be taken on-line and by phone this year so should you wish to book online please prepare by signing up to eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com in advance of Monday 16th April 9am.

 Eco-Week links in with many of the other Environmental initiatives that the Council are involved in like social credits, community clean ups and Tidy Towns for more information on Eco-Week and any of the other initiatives mentioned contact Sorcha O’Brien on sorchaobrien@sdublincoco.ie or at 01 4149000