The Aquachargers TY group have made it to the final round of the Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Awards 2017. The group are - Eimear Smith, Rachel Devlin, Brigid Doherty, Danielle Houghton, Caiti Farren and Katie Dury..."Our group decided to build a small, easy-made hyrdo-electric generator that would be capable of charging a phone. For the generators we used water that was already available to us (like rain water or water from streams) and produced energy using a water wheel. Our creation was demonstarted to pupils in our school and other schools in the area to show how easy it is to create renewable energy for under €25!"
The group are calling on the support of the public to vote for their project for the 'People’s Choice Award 2017', an award decided by online public poll. Voting is open from 2nd until 15th of May on www.ecounesco.ie and the winner will be announced at the Final. The ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards is Ireland’s biggest all-island celebration of youth ECO-Action. Since 1999, the ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards has recognised and rewarded the environmental actions of thousands of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who are working to protect, conserve and enhance our environment through local environmental action projects, making a difference to their lives and the lives of others locally and globally.