Thursday 24 May 2018

Doctor and surf champion launch EPA's Story of Your Stuff competition

Dr Easkey Britton
Dr Easkey Britton
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

After the success of last year's competition, the EPA are running yet another 'Story of Your Stuff' competition for students.

This year they have asked Dr Easkey Britton, a five-time Irish national surf champion and the holder of a Ph.D. in Marine Environment and Society, to launch the event.

The competition asks students to choose an everyday object –perhaps a pen, a mobile phone, a banana, a jumper or a water bottle - and use a visual medium to illustrate its lifecycle.

The competition is open to secondary school students up to and including 18 years of age.

The prize is: €500 for the winning entry and €500 plus an inspiring talk from Dr Easkey Britton for the school. All information about the competition can be found on www.thestoryofyourstuff.ie

Dr Easkey Britton said: “Surfing the waves is my passion and the ocean is my second home. I can’t imagine my life without the sea. I feel a responsibility to protect it and it breaks my heart to see how our actions and behaviours damage and pollute our seas, shores and waterways. Every plastic bottle, every coffee cup and plastic bag that enters the ocean causes damage to the life that lives and breathes within the ocean. Ultimately we all lose out by this harm to our environment and equally we can all do our part to protect our environment in some small way and collectively make a difference. The Story of Your Stuff inspires us to think about how we might do that and that’s why I’m thrilled to be part of this great campaign”.

Speaking about the competition, the EPA’s Helen Bruen said: “We want students to unleash their creativity to tell us the story of their stuff. Perhaps a pencil started its story as a tree in another continent or maybe a water bottle was created from oil originating as far away as the Middle East. Students can tell us about where it came from, how they use it, and more importantly, where it’s going to end up!

“By becoming more aware of the story of stuff, we can all begin to understand why sustainable consumption behaviours, including recycling and using recyclable materials, are so important in protecting our beautiful environment.”

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