Donegal schools compete in regional finals of the SEAI One Good Idea competition

Pupils showcase the power to promote energy efficiency and address climate change

Donegal schools compete in regional finals of the SEAI One Good Idea competition

Pupils from Loreto Secondary School and St Eunans College in Letterkenny will compete in the SEAI One Good Idea Regional Finals, which will take place on February 24-26 in Omniplex Cinema Cork and Omniplex Cinema Longford.

Finalists have created a one-minute film and campaign to inspire people to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions.

They will see their film on the big screen and present their campaign to a panel of judges. This year, four regional finals will be held in Omniplex cinemas around the country.

Regional winners from each event will then compete at the national final in Dublin in on Thursday, April 23.

The SEAI One Good Idea Competition encourages students, their families and communities to take individual and collective responsibility for tackling climate change.

Students learn important skills in communication, film-making and creating change at a community level. This year, over 180 campaigns were developed by young people all over Ireland.

In the last decade, over one and a half million people in Ireland have been reached by the projects put together by 7,500 inspiring schoolchildren.

Congratulating all participants, Emer Barry, Education Programme Executive, said young people had some of the best and most creative ideas for bringing about positive change in society.

"SEAI’s One Good Idea competition taps into that creativity and gives students the opportunity to become active energy citizens.

"We are delighted to introduce four regional finals for this year’s One Good Idea school competition, which give more student’s the opportunity to showcase their ideas for taking climate action.

"Film is an incredibly powerful way to communicate and increasingly important for raising awareness in social and digital media. It’s fantastic to see the passion and enthusiasm these students have shown in raising awareness of the critical issues facing this generation.”

Some of the Good Ideas this year include:

‘Re-Bag’, from Loreto Secondary School, are promoting the use of reusable bags rather than single use plastic bags.

‘St Eunans Green Geezers’, from St Eunans College, are promoting the use of brown bins to recycle waste within the school

For more information on the SEAI One Good Idea Competition visit, www.seai.ie.

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