Students Called to Submit One Good idea to Tackle Climate Change
SEAI launches annual schools competition
28th September – The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is calling on primary and post primary students to put their minds to the test and come up with creative ideas to tackle climate change and enter this year’sOne Good Idea competition. The competition, sponsored by AIB, encourages students to run energy awareness campaigns to change behaviour and improve energy efficiency in their homes, schools and communities.
Since it first launched in 2008, over 5,000 students have created energy saving campaigns which targeted almost 100,000 children, teenagers and adults throughout the country. Students are encouraged to research and plan their energy saving campaign; run the campaign in their home, school or community; then create a pitch video of their campaign; and if successful they will be chosen to take part in the national final which takes place in 2016.
Currently, a national public awareness campaign is being run using last year’s winners’ posters which are on display in AIB branches and billboards around the country. The continued support from AIB will see each of the shortlisted teams receiving a cash prize to help their schools continue their commitment to reducing their energy use and combating climate change.
Commenting on the roll out of the competition in promoting sustainable energy, Alex White T.D., Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said: “We are the first generation to understand that climate change is among the most important issues for our planet, and we may also be the last generation to be able to address it. We all have a responsibility to reduce the energy we consume and the harmful carbon emissions we generate. The ‘One Good Idea’ competition is a great opportunity for young people in our schools to show us that we can all make a difference in practical ways. The impressive projects generated by the competition have been inspirational.”
Commenting, Tom Halpin, Head of Information at SEAI said: “Every year we are inspired at the creativity shown by competitors in One Good Idea. We hope to build on that again this year, particularly as the competition is now open to all primary schools. I’d like to encourage students to get involved so they can start shaping a greener energy future for us all.”
Speaking about the partnership, Jennifer Brady, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at AIB said: “The SEAI One Good Idea Project really gives young people a chance to inspire others to make small lifestyle changes that can make a big difference to energy efficiency, and tackling climate change. We are committed to playing our part in supporting the environment and are delighted to partner with the SEAI on this exciting programme. “
Recommending the competition for its positive impact on students, Mary Carr, a teacher with Abbey Community College, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, one of last year’s winners said: “One Good Idea is a great opportunity for students to learn about important issues like climate change and then take action to tackle these issues. By running practical awareness campaigns, our students have really grown in confidence, developed excellent presentation skills, and now are very excited about seeing their creative work displayed as part of a national outdoor advertising campaign. I’d recommend all schools get involved with the competition.”
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