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Posted on Mon 03 Oct 2016

Schools call ‘ACTION!’ on Translink Travel Challenge

Eco-Schools are delighted to be working with Translink on the Travel Challenge for the eighth year. We would love to see all schools taking part and thinking about green ways to get to school. Reduce congestion around your school gates, get parents thinking eco, and enjoy the health benefits of ditching the car, getting fresh air and exercise for short journeys.

The Translink Travel Challenge is now open to all schools. The Challenge runs all year until 22nd May, for any 2 weeks that you choose. Encourage sustainable travel to school and record your results in the resources provided. Send your results to us for the chance to win super prizes!

This year pupils are also invited to enter a creative #Smartmovers project - with either a short written entry with photos or new this year a 30 second video clip using the phrase We’re smart movers because…’

A celebration award ceremony will be held at Central Station, Belfast in June. All schools who send results and/or a #Smartmovers project will be entered into a prize draw for an Ulsterbus school trip to Dublin. This is not only a competition but a great project with lots of learning and monitoring resources provided. Visit www.translink.co.uk/ecoschools for more information on the prizes and excellent resources or email ruth.vanry@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org. 


Posted on Thu 10 Dec 2015

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE)

Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) is a network of passionate young people educating for sustainable development by producing, engaging, creative, environmental journalism. Coordinated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), YRE is in more than 30 countries worldwide and growing!

Young people aged 11-21 may enter the competition in 3 categories:
1. Written Articles
2. Photographic
3. Video

Closing date for articles to the national jury is April 2017.

Please read the instructions below.

YRE have produced a fantastic Handbook for Schools follow these links:

Part 1 - What is YRE? (4MB)

Part 2 - Student Handbook I (14MB)

Part 2 - Student Handbook II (8MB)

Part 3 - Teacher's Handbook (1MB)

Part 4 - International Competition Regulations (300 KB)

Part 5 - Website and Social Media (150 KB)

Contact ruth.vanry@keepnorthernirelandbeautiful.org to register.

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Posted on Wed 28 Oct 2015

Cash for Clobber Competition

How would you like to win up to £1,500 for your school by simply recycling all types of clothing and shoes (pairs only please), household textiles and handbags (we cannot accept duvets or pillows)?

Get collecting now! – the rules couldn’t be simpler:

The school that collects the most clobber per pupil wins a magnificent cash prize. And that’s in addition to what we pay for what we weigh – 40 pence per kilo. To qualify for the competition you must participate in a Bag Collection, (even if you have an existing textile bank).

The Competition runs from September 1 2016 until June 30, 2017

Prizes are available in 3 different bands depending on the size of your school:

Band 1 = up to 100 pupils - £500
Band 2 = 101-250 pupils - £1,000
Band 3 = more than 250 pupils - £1,500

The scheme is aimed at raising awareness of textile recycling among children and to show how essential it is for everyone in the ‘developed world’ to reduce, reuse and recycle. Most of the waste textiles produced in the UK and Ireland end up in landfill sites. Every year, 1 million tonnes of clothes that could be reused are buried in these landfill sites. This is bad for the environment as we are running out of space to dispose of this rubbish and the landfills that already exist are giving off harmful gases which contribute to global warming.

Synthetic (man-made) products do not break down and decompose in landfill. Woollen garments (natural) do decompose but give off harmful gases and 80% of all clothes thrown away in the UK and Ireland can be reused.

To qualify for these spectacular cash prizes, participating schools must take part in a ‘bag drop’ collection. However, if you have a Cash for Clobber textile bank in your school grounds, all textiles collected from your bank will contribute towards your competition total.

The Cash For Clobber Team