The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) officially launched this year’s SEAI One Good Idea competition and is encouraging teachers and students from right across the country to enter. Now celebrating its 10th year, the aim of the One Good Idea 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. Contestants must come up with an energy awareness campaign to change behaviour and improve energy efficiency in their homes, schools or communities.
Open to primary and post primary school students, participants have the chance to win prizes for themselves and their schools. Schools can enter the competition at www.seai.ie/onegoodidea. Closing date for entries is 17 November 2017. The best projects will be showcased at the national finals in Dublin Castle on the 15 May 2018.
To mark the launch, the 2017 winners have created posters based on their campaigns. Speaking at the launch of the competition, Denis Naughten T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, said:
“I believe a key element that will bring about change in our society lies with our young people. I am convinced their creative ideas and enthusiasm will have a significant impact on attitudes and behaviours. It’s extremely encouraging to see the work, dedication and passion that our children show in raising awareness of the issue of climate change and getting their classmates, teachers, families and communities to make positive changes to their behaviour.”
Commenting, Jim Gannon, CEO at SEAI, said: “In the 10 years that One Good Idea has been running, over 7,300 students have taken part and their campaigns reach about 500,000 people every year. Collectively their efforts have a significant impact on improving energy efficiency and making people aware of climate change. We all have a role to play in tackling climate change and we all have a say in what our energy future will look like. So I encourage more students to get involved with One Good Idea and for everyone to make a conscious effort to reduce their energy use.”
To find out how to enter the competition, visit www.seai.ie/onegoodidea. The closing date is 17 November 2017.
You can find out more about the 2017 winners and view the posters that they developed at https://www.seai.ie/teaching-sustainability/one-good-idea/2017-winners/.