Kerry Diocesan Youth Service
The youth group in KDYS have created a bio-diversity space to educate other young people around climate change. The group meet once a week and have taken part in lots of activities including
- Growing an organic farm
- Taking part in Cahersiveen tidy towns
- Organising and hosting a climate change workshop
- Negotiating the use of the Holy Well space for the Cahersiveen tidy towns medicinal trail.
- The young people decided that they would like to get involved in a project connected to climate change so they focused on biodiversity and upcycling/reusing.
The KDYS Group were finalists in ECO UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards 2020 in the Biodiversity Category.
“In October 2019 we came together to work on an Environmental project. We organised a team building activity in Ballyhass Outdoor Activity Centre on the 1st November so that we could use the natural environment to build our teams health and well-being. We then organised a Climate Change Information Workshop in KDYS Tralee on 30th November 2019 and invited other youth members from other KDYS Centres to attend. 28 young people attended the workshop and 22 young people participated in the afternoon visit to Gortbrack Organic farm for a Biodiversity Workshop. We intend to work with our community to create a Biodiversity Project in the old site of the Holy Well in Cahersiveen. So far, we have created a questionnaire to ask the local people about plants, we have connected and secured funding for paint for planters, we have been given Insect hotels, Bat Boxes and Bird Houses from the local Men’s Shed to place in the Biodiversity garden. We were gifted chilli peppers from Gortbrack farm and told that once chillies were used to plant the seeds. We seized the opportunity, upon realisation that it was possible to ferment these miniature chilli pepper seeds, our motto was at the time of planting, “Mighty oak trees from little acorns grow.”
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