Making Dublin Greener primary school competition

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

The submissions window to enter the Dublin Gazette’s inaugural Making Dublin Greener primary school competition has officially closed, April 21, and we would like to thank everyone who has entered for their creative solutions to tackle climate change. 

With the introduction of our sustainability feature, the Dublin Gazette has made a concerted effort over the past year to engage with the topic of intersectional environmentalism, in the interest of ensuring that our country’s capital city and the county that surrounds it is preserved for years to come.

Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s school strike for climate, the aim of this initiative was to pass the microphone to the next generation, who will be dealing with the fallout of our inaction, should we fail to radically change how we live and consume.

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Aged just fifteen when her heightened sense of social responsibility first thrust her into the media spotlight, the path that Greta has forged has shown the difference a single young person’s voice can make.

It is our hope that many young voices can be even more powerful in highlighting the urgent need to lower our carbon emissions if we are to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

Although this year’s competition will soon draw to a close, we hope that these classroom projects have sparked a lifelong interest in protecting our environment and may be just the beginning of a greener way of thinking.

As a representative from the Department of Education told the Dublin Gazette when commenting on its sponsorship of the competition:“Education is key to achieving not only ESD (education for sustainable development) itself but also the other targets set out by the UN under the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including Climate Action, by 2030. Our young people are central to this and we must listen to them and support them as agents of change.”

The Making Dublin Greener awards will be assessing projects based on their presentation, environmental impact and social impact, grading each criteria out of ten, with the best potential overall mark being 30.

Judges from the Dublin Gazette team, the Department of Education and the Dublin Climate Action Regional Office will examine the impressive selection of projects that have been submitted to us, with the unenviable task of deciding who will move on to the final stage, under the junior and senior categories.

These inspiring finalists will then be invited to join us in the Making Dublin Greener awards ceremony, which will take place in Airfield Estate, Dundrum, on May 12, where the overall winners of both categories will be announced.

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