Thursday 21 September 2017

Genius ideas these kids have on climate change... and they rap

Rebecca Lumley

A project promoting water conservation has scooped the top prize at a national competition which tasks primary and secondary school children with forming creative solutions to climate change.

Students from St Patrick’s NS in Bruree, Co Limerick were awarded for their work on the project “Saighdiúirí Uisce” at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea final today. They were one of seven teams to reach the final at the Croke Park Conference Centre.

The St Patrick’s students focused on educating people on water waste and impressed the judges with creative, but simple ways of conserving water.

Over 350 campaigns were submitted to this year’s competition, with just 20 selected to go forward to the national final. Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Dennis Naughton praised the students’ “inspiring” projects.

He said: “At the heart of the SEAI One Good Idea programme is the development of the engaged, active and creative citizen. It’s extremely encouraging to see the work, dedication and passion these students have shown in raising awareness of the issue of climate change and getting their classmates, teachers, families and communities to make small changes to their behaviour.

“Small changes can make a huge difference so it is exciting to see so many inspiring ideas here today.”

The “Fooderinos” from Rahara NS, Co Roscommon picked up the second place prize, performing a rap encouraging people to eat locally produced food.

SEAI Chief Executive Jim Gannon said the competition’s participants were some of the “brightest and most creative minds in the country.”

He said: “What this programme shows is that we have some of the brightest and most creative minds in the country. The campaigns were of an exceptional standard this year and demonstrated the creativity and determination of our country’s young people in contributing to a better, more sustainable future.

“That is what One Good Idea is all about – empowering young people and encouraging small changes that collectively make a big difference.”

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