CBS call to ditch pa­per cups as part of TY eco project

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A Tran­si­tion Year (TY) team of stu­dents from CBS Charleville is in­volved in a Young So­cial In­no­va­tors Project called ‘Ditch Your Car­bon Cup Print’ as part of the TY Young So­cial In­no­va­tors ( YSI) pro­gramme 2017.

The YSI pro­gramme for se­nior cy­cle stu­dents is a youth led, team based, ac­tion fo­cused pro­gramme that en­ables young peo­ple to look at so­cial is­sues they care about and take pos­i­tive ac­tion to make a dif­fer­ence. Work­ing in teams, so­cial in­no­va­tors are chal­lenged to iden­tify a so­cial is­sue af­fect­ing them, their com­mu­ni­ties or wider so­ci­ety and to come up with and im­ple­ment cre­ative solutions. Each year thousands of young peo­ple through Ire­land tackle is­sues such as health, equal­ity, poverty, safety and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Charleville CBS stu­dents project ‘Ditch Your Car­bon Cup Print’ (DYCCP) week is an en­vi­ron­men­tal project, the main aim of which is to re­duce car­bon emis­sions (CO2) lo­cally and na­tion­ally by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to bring their own re­us­able cup and ditch the dis­pos­able pa­per cup when get­ting a take­out bev­er­age in food out­lets and garages through­out the coun­try.

To kick-start the idea the stu­dents will or­gan­ise a ‘Ditch Your Car­bon Cup Print’ in Charleville later on this year. It is hoped that in the des­ig­nated week peo­ple will get a dis­count for bring­ing their own re­us­able cup when buy­ing a take-out bev­er­age in shops or garages in the town.

To en­sure the suc­cess of the des­ig­nated DYCCP the stu­dents sought the help, sup­port and ad­vice of Charleville Cham­ber, which was forth­com­ing from Cham­ber Pres­i­dent P. J. McCarthy and ad­min­is­tra­tor Sean Fitzgib­bon, who of­fered in­valu­able ad­vice and en­cour­age­ment to the stu­dents. The Cham­ber will men­tor the stu­dents in this en­deav­our and lend its sup­port to the project.

The stu­dents de­scribed their meet­ing with the Cham­ber as, ed­u­ca­tional, in­sight­ful and a good learn­ing curve, and their con­fi­dence in the project had been boosted.

The stu­dents in­tend to con­duct a sur­vey in the town be­fore and dur­ing the des­ig­nated DYCCP week to col­lect rel­e­vant data for their project. This will ad­dress peo­ple’s at­ti­tude to the en­vi­ron­ment, CO2 emis­sions, the use of dis­pos­able pa­per cups ver­sus the use of a re­us­able cup and the en­vi­ron­men­tal cost to the planet.

In the course of their re­search to date the stu­dents have formed links with like-minded peo­ple in­volved in sim­i­lar projects in coun­tries such as the USA, Nor­way and Swe­den. One of the per­ceived prob­lems of us­ing one’s own re­us­able cup for a take-out bev­er­age is the in­con­ve­nience of the stan­dard re­us­able cups avail­able. The team is cur­rently re­search­ing the avail­abil­ity/de­sign of a col­lapsi­ble, com­pact, to­tally sealed re­cy­clable cup.

This has led them to peo­ple in the US who have de­signed a re­us­able, col­lapsi­ble, which is ex­tremely con­ve­nient when on the move. The stu­dents hope that such a cup or sim­i­lar will be avail­able in Charleville dur­ing the des­ig­nated DYCCP week.

The stu­dent’s work is on­go­ing and they would ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port of the lo­cal peo­ple in en­sur­ing that their project is suc­cess­ful. Peo­ple may as­sist by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sur­vey and by tak­ing a re­us­able cup to their usual food out­let dur­ing the des­ig­nated DYCCP week in Charleville. The date of this week will be an­nounced shortly.

De­tails, news and up­dates on the project are avail­able on the school web­site, Charleville or on their twit­ter ac­count, @DitchYourCCPThe stu­dents would wel­come com­ments, ideas and sug­ges­tions. Please con­tact DitchYourCar­[email protected]

Mem­bers of the Charleville CBS Young So­cial In­no­va­tors team whose project is ‘Ditch Your Car­bon Cup Print.’ In­cluded are Paul Dri­nan, Ea­mon O’Sul­li­van and Luke Moore.

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