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Primary School pupils ‘speak out’ About Our Waste

25 February 2016

Derry City and Strabane District Council hosted a public speaking competition for local primary school children recently called Environmental Youth Speak.  The primary or junior section’s topic was “The Adventures of a Waste Warrior”.  The competition, organised by Northern Ireland’s Councils in co-operation with ReGen (main sponsor) and ERP, gave local children an opportunity to speak out about the massive impact our current lifestyle is having on the environment and the wider world.

Overall the standard of public speaking was very high. There were 9 children from 5 local primary schools in the Derry City and Strabane District area who entered the competition, which is in its 18th year.  It was clear from the speeches that the children all care very much about the increasing level of waste in the district and beyond.  They were concerned about the work that they will inherit as adults.  The children all showed that they had researched the topic thoroughly and were able to provide detailed facts and figures about the waste problem that is causing increasing concern.  They emphasised that we all need to make an effort to reduce and reuse our waste as well as recycling it as this will not only benefit our own country, but our children’s future.

The winner of the competition which was called Environmental Youth Speak was: - Liam Harte from St. Columba’s Primary School, Clady, with runners up Branna Grieve and Daithi McCallion from St. Thérèse’s Primary School, Lenamore.  Liam Harte will go forward to represent Derry and Strabane in the Junior Section of the Final of the competition, which will be held on the 8th March 2016 in Newtownabbey.

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