Students from Our Lady’s Templemore are one of 10 finalists in the nationwide search for ONE GOOD IDEA to tackle climate change and promote energy efficiency. The students will showcase their work at a Dragons’ Den style adjudication process at the national final awards ceremony which takes place on Tuesday, the 30th of April, in The Mansion House, Dublin 2.
Organised by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and supported by the Better Energy programme and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, the aim of the project is to increase students’ understanding of energy efficiency and climate change by encouraging them to take individual and collective responsibility for tackling these important issues, as well as highlighting how one good idea can make a big difference to our pockets, ourselves and our planet. The winning teams will be awarded with fantastic prizes for both the students and the schools at the national final.
Transition year students Shane, Kieran, Brian, Michael, and Rachel from Our Lady’s Templemore impressed the judges with their The Way of the Future campaign. The aim of The Way of the Future campaign is to change farming for the future by encouraging the use of green energy.
Commenting on this year’s finalists Aoife Cannon, Education Programme Executive with SEAI said: “Our Lady’s Templemore made a very strong impression on the judges with their innovative project and deep understanding of climate change and energy efficiency. The high standard of this year’s entries far exceeded our expectations and the judges had a tough time choosing the finalists – we are looking forward to the final already”.
The One Good Idea project allows groups of students to work in teams to research, design and implement a campaign to promote energy efficiency and improve climate change awareness to one of three target audiences: their peers, adults and the wider community or primary school children. Students can use events, drama, art, music, film, photography or writing to bring their idea to life and ensure the message reaches their audience in the most effective way. They can design their campaign around a number of topics relating to Energy Efficiency and Climate Change.