Well, I think it's fair to say that our website has been neglected recently! We had some trouble accessing the site editor for a while (password issues), and currently we operate primarily using social media; Instagram and Facebook. So here's a blow by blow of what's been happening since we disappeared!
1) I've joined the #iWill Movement, as one of the 2022 iWill Ambassadors, and got to attend an awesome introductory weekend in Southhampton, where I met many amazing young activists.
2) We're now onto Project Pristine #23- we haven't had many cleanups recently, as we were set back by COVID, and over the last two years my GCSEs have been taking up a fair amount of time, but we're trying to get back on track.
3) So far we've hit just under 3 tonnes in the amount of litter collected.
4) I've spoken in front of the year 9 and 10 pupils in my school about the importance of social action and how to start a movement.
5) Protect Our Pristine Seas is now on the Power of Youth Charter, which can be seen at https://www.iwill.org.uk/organisations/list-of-charter-signatories/
We'll be trying to get a beach clean sorted for the summer, or new school year at the very latest! At the moment my main focus is my school work. I'm currently in the middle of my exams, and it's been pretty all-go since Christmas, with practical exams, orals, mocks and more, and I have various music exams coming up too, so forgive me if I've been less active lately!
I'm working on getting administrative control for the Facebook page (I haven't been old enough up until now).
Keep an eye on our social media page for any posts about upcoming events.
Bye for now!
Myself (Anna Neal) and a peer (Beth Doherty) are entering the YRE competition this year, with our article, Ocean of Tears. If you have a minute, give it a read and let us know what you think! Apologies for any issues with headings, etc.
Have a nice day!
I am in my school's eco committee, and most years, we enter the YRE competition. This year, the theme was recycling and I created this image using the Bazart photo editing app (which I recommend!). This image is called "There is no escaping the problem" and it tells us that if we avoid recycling our waste, there will be terrible consequences.
Edited by: Anna Neal
Model: Danielle Aleria.
We would just like to mention that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be planning any public beach cleans for the foreseeable future. We are not giving up, just taking a break to stop the spread.
On the 17th January, St Dominic's Eco Committee went to the Stormont Buildings to discuss the Environment Strategy. It was an amazing experience and we got hear Nicola Mallon speak. We helped with creating the Environment Strategy by speaking about what we wanted to happen. We think there should be a minister who's first priority is the environment and climate change. What do you think? We would love to hear your comments and ideas.
Happy New Year everybody! There will be a new year cleanup at Arglass Beach on the 19th January. It will be from 12pm until 2pm. Please join us if you can.
There will also be another cleanup on the 8th February at Tyrella beach from 10am until midday. This beach clean will be our Project Pristine 20! Please try and join us! Bye for now!
On the 24th of August we headed down to Arglass beach (again) for a mega cleanup! We joined Stanford Lough and Lecale Partnership. We started at the near end of the beach, joined by photographer Joyce Ferder Rankin! She interviewed a couple of people for her documentary, Degrees to Extinction, which will be premiering next year. Thanks to everyone who joined us!
On the 10th August we headed down to Ardglass beach for a quick cleanup. We collected 8 bags in one hour compared to our usual 30+. It's nice to know that our beach cleans are making a difference. Thanks to everyone who joined us.
On the 22nd of June we took to Ardglass beach for yet another beach clean. There was a great turn out and we gathered 25 bags of litter! Thanks to everyone who helped out!
We have not held any cleanups for a couple of months because of a busy term, with hurly blitzes and exams. We are holding a beach clean on the 22nd of June at Ardglass beach, from 11am to 1pm. Please join us!