Stu­dents ap­peal for votes

Bray People - - NEWS -

FOUR stu­dents from Loreto Bray are ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to lend them their sup­port – and their vote – as they vie to win a ECO-UN­ESCO Young En­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Award.

Emily McQuil­lan, Ciara Slat­tery, Jenny Salmon and Han­nah Leonard will present their eco-ac­tion project at the na­tional fi­nal on Tues­day, May 22, in the Man­sion House in Dublin.

There is a Peo­ple’s Choice Award up for de­ci­sion and the teenagers are ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to visit ecounesco.ie be­fore Fri­day, May 18, to vote for them.

‘Our project is about try­ing to com­bat cli­mate change by re­duc­ing our school’s car­bon foot­print,’ said a spokesper­son. ‘We were truly taken aback by the fact that our school didn’t have any re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties and we wanted to make a change in our com­mu­nity that would change the school for­ever. We had three main goals: to ob­tain re­cy­cling bins for our school, to spread aware­ness about this is­sue to all mem­bers of our school com­mu­nity and to re­duce our car­bon foot­print.’

They took a num­ber of ac­tions - from sort­ing through and analysing rub­bish in bins from a school day, to hand­ing out sur­veys and hold­ing a poster com­pe­ti­tion for first years.

As a re­sult of their hard work, the girls have been granted fund­ing by the board of man­age­ment to pro­vide Loreto with the fa­cil­i­ties to be­come a school that pro­motes sus­tain­able liv­ing through re­cy­cling.

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