The Green-Schools Programme would like to wish Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny students Medha Trehan and Ruby Woods safe travels as they leave for the Youth Environmental Education Congress (YEEC), which is a side event of The 11th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC), taking place in Prague from March 13-17.

Ruby and Medha (pictured above and on right) are members of their school’s Green-Schools Committee, and both took part in Green-Schools Water Ambassador programme in 2020/2021, a training programme for secondary school students who want to take action on water conservation. Medha was a winner of the Water Ambassador Programme for the East and Midlands Region, for her work raising awareness in the school and community throughout the year. The Water Ambassadors have carried out river clean-ups and water quality testing, and have raised awareness through screening environmental documentaries in school, engaging students on social media through water-related TikTok videos, and taking part in RTE’s Ecolution podcast.

Both girls applied independently for a place at the Youth Environmental Education Congress, and were accepted to take part in this exciting international youth event. Irish Water, Green-Schools’ partner for the Water theme, have been happy to support the students by awarding both with funding grants to enable them to take part in the Congress.

At the event, Medha and Ruby will take part in workshops and discussions with other young environmental activists from around the world. They plan to set up an exhibition stand where they will display images of the climate activism work they have carried out, and share ideas on ways to take action for the environment.

We wish them the very best of luck and look forward to hearing more about their experience on their return.