Mary Immaculate Secondary School

Young Environmentalists

18-June-20
Young Environmentalists

Two second year students have tasted success with their project in this year’s ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalists competition. They are Alice Davoren and Emily Cullinan. Both students come from the Kilfenora area of North Clare. They had entered a project in the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in January. In that project, they discovered that the use of greywater that contains wash-up liquid or soaps and shampoo to water plants had a negative effect on the earthworm population in the soil. Because of their findings, they wanted to highlight this environmental issue to the wider public.

A young environmentalist project needs to have an action element to it and they are trying to educate the public about this environmental project. One way they are doing this is through their website: www.mindtheearthworms.com.

To make it to the final they had to go through two rounds of judging. The entries submitted are judged and some projects make it through to the Eco Dens. These are held throughout the country and the students make a presentation to a panel of judges. From these Eco Dens the projects are selected to the final showcase which is held in Dublin. From the almost 500 entries this year, only 150 were chosen to take part in the finals.

This year due to the Covid 19 restrictions, the students had to submit a video as well as their written project. The finals were streamed online on 21 May hosted by 2FM DJ, Tara Stewart. It was with great joy that the two students involved heard that they were given the junior water award. In introducing the award the presenter said that they were “a really passionate group who have made great efforts to save the earthworms from greywater”

The winners receive a certificate and a trophy specially made by Creative Shed in Kildare. They are made of a mixture of bog oak and other locally sourced wood. It is hoped that these can be presented to the winners in person in the autumn.

The principal of the school, Ms. Hynes, congratulated the students and their teacher Ms. Sims.

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