Award: Fulbright-EPA (Student)
Miriam Keegan is a primary teacher and sustainable designer/educator. Miriam is a graduate of Primary Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Miriam will complete her Masters in Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware, focusing on social responsibility, supply chain management and sustainability. While studying fashion design, Miriam was horrified by the waste and damage the fast fashion industry was inflicting on the environment. The fast fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to climate change and our overconsumption of fast fashion adds to the problem daily.
In 2020, Miriam launched the online course for primary school teachers Education for Sustainable Development Using Fabric and Fibre, which taught them all about sustainability and the challenges of fast fashion and gave them opportunities and resources to bring it into the classroom. By teaching children how to sew, they are being set up for a more sustainable life as they will know how to mend, upcycle and care for their clothes. This course is approved by the Department of Education.
In 2021, after a year of buying no clothes, Miriam created the No Clothes Commitment Challenge. This is a climate change movement for people to take in order to meaningfully reduce their carbon emissions and save some money.
Miriam looks forward to continuing her studies in the USA as she plans to provide more awareness, research and further upskill people on the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 through the medium in which we are all influenced by and wear on a daily basis -clothing.