Presentation Girls Address Council On Environmental Issues

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Principal of Presentation Primary School John Hickey with members of the school’s Planet Power committee at Council Buildings last week.

THE Planet Power committee in 6th class addressed the Municipal District Council for Tralee to outline the work they have completed in protecting the environment and demand greater action from the council in addressing the litter problem in Tralee.

Siobhan O’Mahony, April Rosa Kennedy, and Layla Moylan (Sarah Brick, another committee member was unavailable), addressed the council at their bi-monthly meeting in Rathass.

They explained to the councillors that they have been organising children in their class, school and other local primary schools to pick up litter in the town, to take pride in their area, and to lobby councillors for the installation of plastic bottle recycling facilities in the town.

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The girls informed the council that in April, the committee made a promotional video for a Tralee Town Clean Up, as part of the county-wide Kerry County Clean Up.

The committee organised litter pickers and safety equipment for the schools taking part, as well as mapping areas for respective schools to target. The initiative was a great success with all local schools participating.

The town mayor, Johnnie Wall, was very impressed by how well the three girls spoke and said they were an inspiration to other children their age.

The town engineer, Colm Nagle, stated the importance of community activism from children at this age, and asked the committee to design a recycling bin to be installed in the town park.  There are growing demands in the town for greater action to tackle the litter problem in Tralee.

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