New Ross Standard - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID LOOBY

STU­DENT NADYA DOYLE could teach Don­ald Trump a les­son or two on cli­mate change hav­ing com­pleted a term as an Ir­ish cli­mate am­bas­sador.

Nadya, 16, is a New Ross CBS stu­dent from New­bawn. She was cho­sen in spring as the first per­son in the com­mu­nity to be­come part of An Taisce’s Cli­mate Am­bas­sador Pro­gramme.

Nadya al­ways had an in­ter­est in the en­vi­ron­ment and en­cour­aged her par­ents to re­cy­cle. She got the op­por­tu­nity to join the Green Schools Com­mit­tee in her school where she cur­rently is in 5th Year and be­came chair of the com­mit­tee.

Fol­low­ing a se­lec­tion process in Novem­ber of last year, the teenager was cho­sen to be a cli­mate am­bas­sador. She re­ceived train­ing by An Taisce in Dublin, join­ing 107 other Cli­mate Am­bas­sadors from around the coun­try, young and old, in pre­sent­ing new in­for­ma­tion on cli­mate change to the pub­lic and work­ing within their com­mu­ni­ties on cli­mate ac­tions, to raise aware­ness and re­duce the ef­fects of cli­mate change while mak­ing their com­mu­ni­ties more sus­tain­able.

Nadya re­ceived train­ing from An Taisce’s Cli­mate Ac­tion Team, along with experts in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, to de­velop the nec­es­sary skills to bring an un­der­stand­ing of cli­mate change to their com­mu­nity.

Nadya has been high­light­ing all the things that peo­ple can do ev­ery day to help the en­vi­ron­ment such as cor­rect recycling prac­tices, re­duc­ing plas­tic usage and sup­ports the con­scious cup cam­paign en­cour­ag­ing cafes to give dis­counts to peo­ple who bring in their own re­us­able cof­fee cups.

She did this by run­ning an ac­tive so­cial me­dia pres­ence on­line and en­gag­ing in nu­mer­ous ini­tia­tives in or­gan­i­sa­tions and schools in the re­gion.

Nadya has or­gan­ised many ini­tia­tives as part of her role such as a beach clean-up in at Ban­now Strand as part of Clean Coasts Week. She was asked by the OPW to give a talk on the cause and ef­fect of cli­mate change in Ire­land at Tin­tern Abbey dur­ing Her­itage week.

Nadya or­gan­ised a com­pe­ti­tion among the staff of Car­low County Coun­cil on the amount of bat­ter­ies that could be col­lected for recycling to raise funds for Laura Lynn chil­dren’s hospice ( Weeepledge). As part of this cam­paign to pro­mote the Cli­mate Am­bas­sador Pro­gramme among other stu­dents, she wrote to 166 schools in Wex­ford and Car­low.

Nadya has vol­un­teered with New Ross Tidy Towns on a clean up and is the process of help­ing them mak­ing a mu­ral out of bot­tle tops for the town. The ma­jor­ity of her work has been com­pleted out­side of school in her own time.

Nadya said she was de­lighted to be given the op­por­tu­nity to meet the other cli­mate am­bas­sadors.

Nadya said: ‘If ev­ery­one made one small change now it would make a big dif­fer­ence to the fu­ture of our plant and gen­er­a­tions to come.’

She de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in the en­vi­ron­ment from an early age af­ter watch­ing David Attenborough’s ‘Planet Earth’ and the ‘ Truth about Cli­mate Change’ with her grand­fa­ther.

This in­spired her to be more mind­ful of waste re­duc­tion at home and to be­come part of the Green Schools Com­mit­tee in her school.

Nadya re­cy­cles at home and reg­u­larly uses the recycling cen­tre in New Ross. She wishes to pro­mote recycling as she feels peo­ple may not be aware of the many items that can be re­cy­cled. Nadya has an in­ter­est in the re­duc­tion of plas­tic waste and be­lieves it is a mas­sive threat to our oceans.

Nadya’s favourite en­vi­ron­men­tal docu-film is ‘Be­fore the Flood’. Her favourite say­ing comes from Dr. Seuss ‘ The Lo­rax’ – ‘Un­less some­one like you cares a whole aw­ful lot noth­ing is go­ing to get bet­ter. It’s not.’

Nadya be­lieves that if ev­ery­one took re­spon­si­bil­ity and made at least one change to help the en­vi­ron­ment, whether it was to use a re­us­able cup/ bot­tle or re­duce their plas­tic waste it would make a dif­fer­ence to our planet and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Hav­ing com­pleted her time as a cli­mate am­bas­sador Nadya said: ‘ The past few months have been fan­tas­tic. I have learned so much and met so many won­der­ful peo­ple. I will con­tinue to fight for the cause. I would re­ally en­cour­age you to think about be­com­ing a cli­mate am­bas­sador. It’s our fu­ture at stake.’

Nadya Doyle from Car­ri­gaddin, New­bawn, a 5th year pupil in New Ross CBS, with her Cli­mate Am­bas­sador award.

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