Young people urge shoppers to ‘Consume with Care’ in run-up to Christmas
The National Youth Council of Ireland is bringing young people from across Ireland together in Dublin tomorrow (Saturday, Nov 19th) to celebrate One World Week 2011, a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action.
The young people will showcase work on the theme ‘Consume with Care’ through artistic creations, drama, photography, and even an original rap performed by members of the group Hi Rez from Bray.
To open the event, taking place in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, Hellen Chaponda from Zambia will talk about the reality of young people’s lives in Zambia. Hellen is one of four Zambian youth workers visiting Ireland who will attend the event, funded by Trócaire and Irish Aid, to share their experiences and view the work from young people.
One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action on local and global justice issues to take action to bring about change. This event will explore how we are connected to the world around us. How do our links – through people, food, money, technology and ideas – affect us, the world we live in and people in the Global South? Are young people active citizens or just consumers who buy first and think later?
“Despite the current recession, young people continue to show a deep commitment to action in solidarity with other young people around the world. They are increasingly aware of global issues such as recession, trade and relations between countries, and how they impact on young people’s lives and opportunities. Today is a showcase of the creative ways in which young people are tackling this important issue,” stated Johnny Sheehan, Development Education Coordinator in the National Youth Council of Ireland.
Groups taking part in the event include:
· Ronanstown Youth Service
· Celtic Youth Bray
· Ballyfermot Youth Services
· ECO-UNESCO, Dublin
· Loreto Beaufort, Rathfarnham
· KCCP, Kilbarrack
· Limerick Comhairle na nÓg
· VSI Teenage Group
For further information contact Daniel Meister, Communications Officer at NYCI on 087 781 4903, 01-478 4122 or e-mail email@example.com
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of 55 voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
One World Week
One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action on local and global justice issues which takes place each year in November and coincides with the Council of Europe Global Education Week and Universal Children’s Day.
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