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Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 4:37pm

By Aislinn O'Connor

World Vision Ireland is calling on the children of Cork to enter their climate change essay competition. Entrants are encouraged to write an essay entitled How We Can Save Our Planet with the word count being 800 words or less.

The competition winner will get a €500 Smyths voucher and the chance to meet Ryan Tubridy in the RTÉ studios.

World Vision Ireland’s Climate Change essay competition 2020 is open until 31 March for children between the ages of 8 and 18. Entries will be narrowed down to the final 10 and judge Ryan Tubridy will choose the winning essay. The entry cost is €2 per essay, per child and children should write their name, age and school address on the top corner of the essay, and hand it to their teacher. Teachers should then put the essay entries, along with the entry fee, into an envelope and post to: Essay competition, World Vision Ireland, The Mews, Garland House, Rathmines Park, Dublin 6.

“The climate crisis can be a challenging topic for parents to discuss – especially with younger children, as we don’t want to cause anxiety but rather set a positive example for what can be done on a day-to-day basis,” said Niall McLoughlin, CEO of World Vision Ireland.

“Things like replacing your old lightbulbs, buying local products, walking or cycling instead of driving, recycling and reusing can all be done while explaining why you’re doing it to your children. It is today’s children who will face the challenges of global warming head-on, more than any other generation before them. Discussing these small and achievable changes with our kids can instill a sense of interest and responsibility for the planet.”

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