Green-Schools Irish Water Awards 2019

Green-Schools Irish Water Awards 2019

On Wednesday, 1 May 2019 students from across Ireland were honoured for their efforts promoting water conservation and awareness at an award ceremony in The Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin. We are delighted that Loreto College, Cavan was named as Secondary Water School of the year for the Western Region at that ceremony. We were presented with a trophy, a Green Flag for Water and a cheque for €750. This award is the culmination of two years of hard work by the Green Schools Committee to raise awareness of the importance of water conservation in our school and community.

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Green Schools Committee and supporters raising awareness about water conservation

The work for this flag began in September 2017. Green School Committee members under the guidance of Ms O’Gorman and Mrs Buckley met to discuss and assess the way water is being wasted, and the effect that this is having on the environment both locally and globally. The Green Flag water theme develops awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in schools. A plan was put in place to promote the conservation of water in our own school and expand these efforts through our students to their own family homes and their communities. We worked with Cavan Co. Council and An Taisce to further this project and to achieve our third Green Flag for our school. In previous years we have achieved a Green Flag for litter awareness and a Green Flag for Energy Conservation.

The work of The Green Schools Committee was never more important than it is today. The most recent UN Report on bio-diversity tells us nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is also accelerating. This will have grave impacts on our world if we do not make changes to the way we live today. The Report also tells us that it is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global. The Green Schools Committee will continue to raise awareness of small changes that each one of us can make to bring about the big change that is needed locally and globally.

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Committee members receiving their award at The Green Schools Irish Water Awards with Yvonne Harris, Irish Water and Michael John O’Mahoney, Director, An Taisce.

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Past pupil Emily Boylan, who worked with the committee during her time at school came to lend her support at the award ceremony. She is pictured with her sister, Kate, a current member of the committee.