A climate change essay writing competition, judged by Ryan Tubridy, is being run by World Vision Ireland and all Cork children between eight to 18 are being asked to take part.
The competition winner will get the chance to meet Ryan Tubridy in the RTÉ studios and will also win a €500 voucher for Smyths toy store.
CEO of World Vision Ireland, Niall McLoughlin, said “The climate crisis can be a challenging topic for parents to discuss – especially with younger children, as we don’t want to cause anxiety but rather set a positive example for what can be done on a day-to-day basis.” “Things like replacing your old lightbulbs, buying local products, walking or cycling instead of driving, shopping without buying plastic packaging, turning off appliances, reducing the thermostat, recycling and reusing can all be done while explaining why you’re doing it to your children.
“It is today’s children who will face the challenges of global warming head-on, more than any other generation before them. Discussing these small and achievable behavioural changes with our own kids can go a long way towards instilling a sense of personal interest and responsibility for the planet.” The entries will be whittled down to a final 10, and Mr Tubridy will choose the winning essay.
Teachers are encouraged to download a poster for their notice boards which they can find on the World Vision website https://www.worldvision.ie/essay-competition.
The essays, entitled ‘How We Can Save Our Planet’ should be 800 words or less. Children should write their name, age and school address on the top corner of the essay, and hand it to their teacher.
The essay entries should be sent, with the €2 application fee (€2 per essay entry) to: Essay competition, World Vision Ireland, The Mews, Garland House, Rathmines Park, Dublin 6.
The competition is open until March 31.