“We’ve a lot to learn from the young people who are taking action on climate change”. This is according to, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. He was speaking about the National Final of the SEAI One Good Idea Competition 2019.

Now in its 11th year, the competition sees students from schools across Ireland create innovative campaigns. These campaigns focus on differences to how we use energy in our daily lives.

Congratulating the finalists, Minister Richard Bruton continued;

“It’s extremely encouraging to see the passion these students have shown. They are raising awareness of the issue of sustainable energy and climate change. They are leading by example. In doing so teaching their classmates, teachers, families and communities how to make positive changes to their everyday energy use. These simple changes can make a huge difference to how we, as a society, affect our environment and climate.”

Research conducted by the SEAI showed 75% Irish people believe they should do more to protect the environment. Almost 90% of those surveyed by SEAI consider energy efficiency to be important.

There is an urgent need to reduce our energy consumption. 75% of Irish people want to do more to protect the environment. The projects showcased here today provide us with the tools to do just that. From how we travel to what we eat and how heat and light our buildings. We have to consider how and where we are using energy in our everyday lives and make positive changes.  Over 90 students from schools across the country are taking part in the SEAI One Good Idea final today. They will showcase their ideas on how we can live more sustainable, energy efficient lives. The SEAI One Good Idea competition highlights the determination of our country’s young people. They want to contribute to a better, more sustainable future. It empowers our young people and encourages leadership. It gives them a chance to have their voice heard in the national conversation on climate change.  
Jim Gannon, Chief Executive of the SEAI

Over 8,000 students have taken part in the SEAI One Good Idea competition over the last eleven years. Their projects have reached more than 2.5 million children, teenagers and adults. This year, over 200 projects were created with 20 finalists selected to compete at today’s National Final. Today the finalists will present their campaigns to an expert judging panel. Many teams incorporate dance, song and drama into their work.

 

Some of the top tips from the student’s campaigns include:

  • Eliminate single use plastics as much as possible, including plastic bottles, cutlery, bags, toothbrushes and packaging;
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of your food, reduce your food miles and grow your own;
  • Reduce food waste;
  • Get out of the car and walk, cycle or use public transport when you can;
  • Reduce your consumption of fast fashion;
  • Conserve water and energy through taking shorter showers. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and only wash your clothes when they are dirty;
  • Switch to LED lighting;
  • Turn off appliances when they are not in use; and
  • Use renewable sources of energy.