Young SVP marked One World Week by holding a Sustainable Fashion event in Balbriggan Co. Dublin. Secondary school students from North Dublin gathered in Sunshine House on the 19th November 2019 to learn about Sustainable Fashion, the work of the Vincent’s charity shops and how they can get involved through Young SVP.
The students learned some striking facts about the environmental and human impact of the fashion industry. Did you know that it takes 200 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans? That is the equivalent of 285 showers. They also heard about how the Vincent’s shops promote sustainability and how they as young people can get involved in this too. They were interested to learn that 95% of discarded clothing can be recycled or upcycled.
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) awarded Young SVP a grant to assist them with their activities as part of NYCI One World Week 2019.
Leo Gilmartin, of the NYCI Development Education Programme said:
“The Climate Revolution has reached the shores of Ireland. Young people across the planet have become instrumental and a leading voice in taking action against the climate emergency. Young people want change and want a say on about how we treat our environment to protect the future of the planet and ultimately the human race itself.
Young SVP’s activity was chosen from among a large volume of high quality applications from all over Ireland. We look forward to seeing the group take action during One World Week this year. Their work at a local level will play a vital role in supporting Ireland to create a better world for current and future generations and in setting Ireland on a path to Climate action and in Ireland achieving the SDGs”.
One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland every year. In 2019 One World Week ran from December 1st to 8th, with a focus on climate action and invites youth groups and young people to think about the issue of Climate Action and young people – on a personal, local, national, and global level.
After the students have learned about Sustainable Fashion with Young SVP they returned to school to plan their own One World Week Event.
Thank you to Loreto Balbriggan, Loreto Swords, Ardgillan Community College, St Mary’s Glasnevin, Holy Faith Clontarf and Skerries Community College for attending and to Sunshine House for hosting the event. Special thanks to the Vincent’s Retail Team for collaborating on this event.