Lisneal leads anti-litter campaign

Lisneal College's Live in Your Litter! Initiative has been chosen to spearhead Derry City Council's Mayoral Anti-litter message.

The college's winning entry has secured them the top prize of 1000 to spend on environmental initiatives within the school.

The initiative, entitled: 'Live In Your Litter!' will see Year 10 pupils preparing a video diary, where they will eat food items from their break and lunch in the classroom every day over a school week period. The litter will be left in the classroom and allowed to build up over the five days. As the week progresses the class will make a video diary charting the thoughts and feelings of the pupils at various stages throughout the week. The classes general hypotheses is that pupils will, as time goes on, come to realise that litter is something we simply don't have to, and don't want to live with. The school will now work with a production company to develop and produce their winning idea.

Praising the winning entry, the Mayor Councillor Gerard Diver described it as "innovative" and said he looked forward to seeing the project being implemented/

"The Lisneal College entry is an exciting and innovative way at looking at the issue of litter. A lot of work went into getting the project together and I am really looking forward to seeing how it turns out," he said.

The second prize was jointly won by St Josephs Boys School and Thornhill College, who each receive 400 to spend on environmental initiatives within their schools. The Mayor personally felt that these ideas were also of such high standard that he plans for their initiatives to be implemented next year to complement the winning entry.

St Joseph's winning campaign was entitled "What A Waste Day" and comprises of a day for our young people to clean up their city in order to raise awareness of litter in the schools and wider communities. The topic of Thornhill College's Campaign is to use modern technologies to highlight the connection between electronic waste and conventional street waste. Their message is to highlight the fact that if students adopt the same approach to conventional rubbish they do to emails, junk mail, old texts, and the problem with litter will improve. They have created a message with texts and images, which can be communicated via email, and multi media messages.

The runners up in the competition are St Cecilia's College and St Patrick's and St. Brigid's College in Claudy, who both receive 100 to spend on environmental initiatives within their schools.

The Mayor extending his congratulations to all the winners, said the standard of the entries was very high.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the secondary schools who participated in this event. The level of work and imagination used to prepare the entries was to a very high standard. All of the entries showed a great understanding of waste and environmental issues and all the schools should be very proud of their achievements. I am looking forward to working with the various schools to initiate these projects and hope that they will be successful in promoting an anti-litter message across the Council area."

The Mayor added that the Anti Litter Campaign schools competition was just one element of the Council's community awareness strategy to encourage young people to care for their environment.