Capture your carbon footprint

Roscommon’s secondary school students are this week being urged to capture their carbon footprint on film. March 14 th is the closing date for Sustainable Energy Ireland’s (SEI) annual cross-border photography competition and students can win prizes including PC/laptops, digital cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, camera phones and A/V equipment totalling approximately €10,000. The focus of the ‘Life through a Lens’ competition, now in its fifth year, is ‘My Carbon Footprint’. Students are encouraged to illustrate creatively by way of photograph the ways in which they can reduce their own carbon footprint, thereby reducing their potentially negative impact on the environment. The competition is being organised by SEI, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Energy Agency. Commenting on the competition, Kate Cannon, Education Officer with SEI said, ‘Recognising our own carbon footprint can help us all understand our individual role when it comes to the environment around us. We have the choice whether we will have a negative or positive impact regarding the climate change crisis. I hope students in Roscommon will impress us again in 2008 with their creative take on this issue, just as they have done for the past four years.’ Every secondary school in Roscommon has been issued with details of the competition, which is open to all secondary school students in the Republic and Northern Ireland. The closing date for entries is Friday 14th March 2008. For further information students can log onto and download an information pack or send an email to . Alternatively, they can free phone 1850 376 666.