In January 2016, Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg members were invited by the Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership to create a video on the Dublin Bay Biosphere. The Biosphere is a protected area that demonstrates a balanced relationship between people and nature. It is part of an international network of biospheres specially designated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). Dublin Bay was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere in 2015, reflecting its significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance. Over 330,000 people live within the Biosphere area which extends to over 300 km2. Dublin Bay Biosphere is the only UNESCO Biosphere in a capital city in Europe. Dublin Bay Biosphere Video & Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg When the members of Dublin City’s Comhairle na nÓg were invited to participate in this project, they voted with an emphatic, unanimous yes. Nineteen members (aged from 12 years of age to 17 years old) volunteered to get involved. They chose to make a short innovative video, aimed at young people, to celebrate Dublin Bay and to tell the story of the Biosphere in their own words. And to highlight the importance of promoting and protecting Dublin Bay and the surrounding area Comhairle na nÓg worked closely with members of Dublin City Council’s Social Inclusion team and members of the City Council’s Biodiversity Unit . They attended talks and guided walks in the area so that they could experience nature in Dublin Bay. They wrote the script for the video which was filmed onboard a Dublin Bay Cruise and on location in Dun Laoghaire and Howth. The video also includes drone footage from North Bull Island. The key message for this video is: Dublin Bay Biosphere inspires a positive future by connecting people and nature today. This video is to help young people understand Dublin Bay Biosphere, enjoy it and care for it.
Watch the video below:
In the words of Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg:
“People who live in Dublin enjoy a unique feature. Everyone and anyone can enjoy it. The Biosphere makes people proud of Dublin. Don’t let this beautiful area of life and nature go to waste and visit the Dublin Bay Biopshere”.
Launching the video in July of this year, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said “I want to congratulate Comhairle na nÓg’s young members for their hard work and dedication in producing this wonderful video telling the story of Dublin Bay. This video will be a significant aid to schools and colleges in educating children about this UNESCO biosphere area and in promoting the benefits for all citizens when a greater balance between nature and people is achieved.” Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg is a wonderful organisation which really teaches young people the importance of staying active in their communities and the wider world. Creating a video on the Dublin Bay Biosphere has been for all the members an enriching learning experience.