Ballina student wins at ‘Our Ocean, Our Plan’ Competition

James Brisson from St Oliver Plunkett National School, Ballina, pictured at the Green-Schools Marine Spatial Planning Awards with his award-winning 3D model.

James Brisson from St Oliver Plunkett National School, Ballina, pictured at the Green-Schools Marine Spatial Planning Awards with his award-winning 3D model.

Students from 15 schools were honoured at an award ceremony recently celebrating the winners of this year’s Green-Schools Marine Spatial Planning Competition: Our Ocean, Our Plan - including James Brisson from St Oliver Plunkett National School in Ballina who won second place in the Senior Primary category for his 3D model.

In partnership with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Green-Schools asked students to create posters or 3D models showing how they would like Ireland’s seas to be used in the future.

The competition ties in with The National Marine Planning Framework, which seeks to balance the different demands for using the sea including the need to protect the marine environment.

The framework is about planning when and where human activities take place at sea and ensuring these activities are as efficient and sustainable as possible.

The competition was open to schools taking part in the Green-Schools Marine Environment theme, which encourages schools to discover how their work on the Green-Schools programme has positively influenced people and their local environment while focusing on our oceans and seas.

As part of their work on the Marine Environment theme, schools are asked to investigate the sources of marine litter, take part in a #2minutebeachclean and carry out a Marine Litter Awareness survey. The results of this survey in 2022 have shown that schools made great strides in learning about marine issues, increasing their knowledge of reasons why marine litter is bad for the environment from 44% to 85% and strengthening their awareness of the ways in which climate change affects the marine environment from 35% to 74%.

 

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