Our Environment Award Celebrates Innovative Young People

School kids from across Scotland gathered at the Scottish Parliament today (Thursday, 27 October 2016) to receive well deserved prizes for their entries to the 2016 Our Environment competition.

Organised by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Young Scot, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Education Scotland as part of the Scotland’s Environment Web partnership, the competition invited young people between the ages of 6 and 18 to submit their ideas on how they would improve their local environment.

Entries from young people across six age categories were received, with the overall top prize being awarded to Nether Currie Primary School in Edinburgh, who received £1000 towards making their Muirwood Park flooding and access solution a reality. Winners were also chosen from each age category, including two prizes for the best individual entry from a primary and secondary school student:

 

SEPA’s Stewart Prodger, Co- Chair of the Our Environment partners, said:

“I’d like to congratulate all our winners for their superb entries. Each project illustrates what’s possible when we get together and think creatively about improving our local environment. Nether Currie’s plans especially demonstrated that working with nature is a great way to solve an environmental problem and we hope the prize money will really help them realise their vision.

“The quality and enthusiasm shown by all the entries was very impressive and I think the competition highlights the importance of engaging with our younger generations to find innovative ways to improve and safeguard our environment for the future.” Michael Russell, MSP for Argyll and Bute, said:

The Our Environment Competition is a terrific showcase for how young people understand and can rise to the challenge of solving environmental issues.  Whether it is tackling flooding, litter in our towns and shoreline, novel approaches to planting and growing in communities or even using Frisbees for seed spreading, these young people have all showed amazing ingenuity and application.

The six groups and individuals recognised by these awards are just the tip of the iceberg. The judges acknowledged that the level and quality of entries this year was excellent and I congratulate not only the winners but all who took part in this great competition.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot:

“We are thrilled to see such worthy finalists and winners of this competition, because we know from the work we do at Young Scot, with young people, across Scotland that the environment is so important to them. The ideas presented today are a real inspiration to anyone passionate about making Scotland a greener country.”