Edinburgh, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 17, 2009 -- Hundreds of schoolchildren flocked to the shores of Loch Lomond yesterday to celebrate the culmination of a month long programme of activities promoting environmental awareness. West Dunbartonshire Councilâs Green Dream Awards, which have seen kids participate in a raft of projects - from cleaning up their local areas to a catwalk fashion show featuring couture made entirely out of recycled rubbish - officially drew to a close with the announcement of the 2009 winners.
A panel of expert judges including BBC Environment Correspondent Louise Batchelor, environmental activist Iain âTrotskyâ Findlay and Paul Cortopassi from Eco Schools Scotland selected Clydemuir Primary School as the outstanding candidates in an extremely competitive field. Handed the 2nd annual Green Dream Award (http://www.wdcweb.info/environment/green-dream-2009) after long deliberation, the winners were praised for an all-embracing campaign that performed well across all judging categories.
âThe sheer enthusiasm, energy and imagination demonstrated by all of the participants made this an extremely difficult decision. All of the children involved embraced their mission to raise awareness of environmental issues with tremendous verve, and theyâve really shown the adults a thing or two about how these things should be done,â said environmental journalist and former BBC correspondent Louise Batchelor.
âIn the end however, we were extremely impressed by Clydemuirâs contribution. They approached the task with a level of commitment and originality that made them worthy winners.â
Marking the end of a month long campaign of eco promotions and events to raise awareness throughout West Dunbartonshire and educate people to make the most of the recycling facilities on offer, the competing schools were judged in four categories:
Eco Active: considered activities involving work in the school grounds including sensory gardens, wildlife areas, biodiversity, forest school activities, recycling schemes and composting. Judges found it impossible to separate the contestants, naming the Choices Programme and Brucehill Primary as joint winners.
Eco Art: examined environmentally themed art, music and poetry inspired by the environment, murals, trash fashion, recycled arts and crafts. Kilpatrick schoolâs innovative bead designs saw its pupils collect the prize for their work.
Eco Learn: looked at curriculum based work on any aspect of the environment including birdlife or recycling surveys, global footprinting, Fairtrade goods, health promotion and focus days. Our Lady of Loretto emerged as category winners for their sterling research and in-depth understanding of environmental issues.
Eco Save: judged activities researching energy, how it is produced and how it can be saved. Praising all the contestants for a remarkable effort, the judging panel selected Carleith Primary as the eventual winners.
The awards ceremony concluded an exciting month of projects run by West Dunbartonshire Council (http://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk) to use children as a vital catalyst in the campaign to promote awareness of green issues and recycling. Devised to encourage kids and their parents to embrace environmentalism, highlights of the project included community days, a plastic bag amnesty, the launch of an authority-wide car sharing project and an official bike week.
âThe Green Dream has been all about involving the younger generation in the fight to do our best for the local environment, and in many ways theyâve put the adults to shame. The enthusiasm and imagination theyâve poured into the events has not only been simply outstanding, but has also shown anyone that witnessed it that there is real hope for the future,â said Councillor Craig McGlaughlin, chairman of the Green Dream project.
âWe hope that these children will take what they have learned here and use it as a driving force for change.â
Environmental activist Iain Findlay added: âEvents like this are crucial to getting the message through to kids that they can actually have an impact on the world around them. If we canât teach them that weâre in deep trouble, because so many adults arenât willing to face up the environmental challenge.â