Wednesday, 5th March 2008
One Irish secondary school student will join an international expedition to the Arctic later this year to monitor climate change.
The trip is being offered as the prize in a nationwide schools video competition launched last week by Environment Minister John Gormley.
Schools are being asked to film a video of two to three minutes examining ways of reducing their carbon footprint within their localities.
One school will be selected to form a 'ground crew' of six pupils to develop projects on climate change for their schools and communities. Finally, one Irish student will be chosen to travel with leading international scientists and artists as part of the Cape Farewell Arctic Voyage programme next autumn.
They will get to witness at first hand the ravaging effects of global warming in Iceland, Greenland and Baffin Island, and will report back to their schools and to the wider public by blog and webcast.
The competition entitled 'Global to Local' is being organised by the British Council and the European Commission Representation in Ireland. School video entries must be submitted to competitionNI(at)britishcouncil.org by the first of April.
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