PUPILS from Fairview Primary School were among almost 300 young people who gathered at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast recently for the Impact 2012 Youth Sustainability and Environment Awards.
The ceremony recognised and rewarded young people from schools and community groups across Northern Ireland, involved in 12 categories of sustainability and environmental projects.
Staff and pupils from the Ballyclare school were praised for the success of their ‘Flying the Flag at Fairview - Fairview Goes Green’ Eco Schools initiative, and their innovative ECOlympics project.
DOE Permanent Secretary Leo O’Reilly, who took the opportunity to meet with some of the young people displaying their projects, praised their enthusiasm, innovation and knowledge.
“My Department is keen to reward these young people who have made such a valuable contribution to our society, economy and environment.
“They have worked hard in many ways to help protect and conserve our environment and have made some wonderful achievements. Their actions show how all of us have a role to play and can make a real impact,” he commented.
Mr O’Reilly added: “We hope that many others will be encouraged to get involved in projects in their own communities, schools and workplaces that will benefit our environment and help us all to live more sustainably.
“Congratulations to all the entrants and winners. The impact that their actions will have will benefit the world around us for us and future generations.”