Cabbage Garden & Vicinity Interagency Project
June 14, 2019
In your own words, tell us about your project.
PLASTIC – THE SNAKE OF OUR TIME!
We have constructed a snake made from single-use plastic by children from the local area of Dublin 8.
On 4 April at 18.45 guests came to witness the arrival of the snake, carried aloft by the creators.
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year....we are literally drowning in plastic!
Young people in Dublin 8 collected lunch wrappers and snacks in the evening from ONE DAY in their classrooms and projects.
They created the Plastic Snake – more than 30ft long!
Not only did the young people look at the problem – they looked at solutions.
THIS WAS A CALL TO ACTION FOR YOU
‘Use glass cups, or bamboo, WE can cut out plastic, so can YOU!’
Extract from ‘PLASTIC’, a musical composition by Eoghan Desmond, commissioned especially for the project.
For your copy of the sheet music and more information on the project, please email [email protected]
Why did you do this work?
Single-Use Plastic - Massive Volumes!
In response to the enormous volumes of single use plastic being generated in our communities we felt duty-bound to act. We engaged the local schools and youth projects, and the initiative even made the Six One RTE news! The news2day crew came to view the creation in Francis Street CBS school and interviewed the young people who were involved.
What was the impact or outcome of your project?
Young people who participated are making better choices and influencing their families
DEIS school lunch packaging choices are being reviewed
Local Scouting groups have initiated an eco-project
Internally in the Cathedral we are exploring our own policies on consumption and looking for alternatives
We held a community electrical recycling day in partnership with DCC, RecycleIT, The Iveagh Trust
We organised a substantial Community Clean-Up Day and had more than 100 people take part
We celebrated with an energetic Street Feast with a sustainable focus
Do you have any tips or advice for similar projects?
Which Sustainable Development Goals does your work link to?
Location of Project
🚫 Banishing plastic: Students say no to its use for school lunches | Pupils from a Dublin school have taken inspiration from the legend of St Patrick in an attempt to drive out the use of plastic. They've created a plastic snake which they hope can encourage others to banish use of the materialPosted by RTÉ News on Wednesday, April 3, 2019