Gorey students want to be better represented when it comes to environmental issues, Sean O’Leary told members during a presentation at the October Municipal District of Gorey-Kilmuckridge meeting.
he former chair of the Gorey Community School Green School Committee was present at the meeting to advocate for giving district students more opportunities to contribute to environmental decisions and plans. From a survey of over 600 students, which aimed to find out how students feel represented when it comes to environmental issues in the city, Sean found that “students want to be better represented when it comes to environmental issues “.
“Overwhelmingly, the students felt better represented inside the school than outside the school when it came to these issues,” said Sean, who is now studying at Trinity College.
Environmental issues and topics raised by students were by no means trivial, said Sean, who said ideas about installing solar panels in schools and increasing the number of bins in the area n These were just a few of the things mentioned by the students who took part in the survey.
Sharing some of his findings, Sean proposed the creation of a joint committee made up of Green School members from the three high schools in the town of Gorey. Once established, this committee would meet once a month to discuss environmental issues and decisions.
“If students have this opportunity, I think there would be a positive change.”
Sean said he was currently in contact with management at Gorey Community School and Gorey Educate Together Secondary School about the matter, and had contacted Creagh College and was awaiting a response.
At the end of his presentation, Sean appealed for the support and recognition of the committee by the members, asking if the Chamber could be made available to them as a meeting place.
District manager Philip Knight said the bedroom and adjoining meeting rooms could be made available to the group during business hours. Outside these hours, the library may also be a suitable place as it opens late on some evenings, he added.
Cllr Andrew Bolger, who was approached by Sean about the idea several months ago and invited him to the October meeting, said giving young people the opportunity to participate in decision-making is inclusive and can help them prepare for the future. .
Councilors suggested inviting students from Carnew and Kilmuckridge to join the committee, comments which Sean took on board.
“Engaging all schools is the best way to achieve this.”