With almost 10,000 views in less than four days, the pupils of Cappabue National School are going viral with their climate change hit song ‘One small change’.
The catchy number was written by the students of the award-winning West Cork school following an educational awakening about the effect of our waste on the environment.
The principal of the only DEIS school in the Bantry area, Norma Healy explained how the video came about.
“In May 2019, as part of our participation in a Bantry Bay Port Company environmental competition, the pupils of the school undertook a fact-finding mission and clean-up of our local beaches. Many of us were taken aback at the amount and variety of the marine litter we collected.” Following on from this the pupils made a 3D art installation ‘Moby’s Sick’ which was a whale made from a discarded mussel barrel, filled and decorated with marine litter, which subsequently won the competition.
This was the beginning of an environmental movement at Cappabue NS.
“This awareness-raising project led us all to question our lifestyle choices and to examine how we could become more environmentally sensitive in our daily living. Prompted by the children’s own suggestions, we started introducing small, environmentally friendly changes into the daily school routine,” Ms Healy said.
The school discontinued the use of single-use plastic bottles and children brought stainless steel drinks containers into school.
As well as this, the school installed a filtered water cooler system, supplied from our own well. As part of the school milk scheme, we switched from using individual plastic bottles to large containers and supplied reusable biodegradable cups for the pupils to use.
“As an award-winning film making school, we felt that this year’s school film project would be the ideal platform through which to raise the whole issue of climate change,” Ms Healy said.
“The children wanted to spread the message to other school children as to how they too could make a difference in their own small way.” In November a music producer Garry McCarthy from GMC Beats came to Cappabue NS and worked with the students on writing music and lyrics for a climate change song.
“Working in groups, the children came up with the entire content of the song themselves. Garry set up a recording desk in the classroom and, under his expert direction, “One Small Change” was born,” Ms Healy explained.
The school then recorded a music video to go with their song and shot scenes in Gougane Barra, Glengarriff Nature Reserve and Snave Beach, Filming was also done in school and in a parent’s jeep Speaking about the end product, Ms Healy said everyone is very proud of what the children had achieved.
“We are so proud of the end product. It is being shared extensively. The message the children wanted to spread is really being delivered, which is what the project sought to achieve in the first instance.
"We can all 'Make a difference in our own small way.'"