Great prizes on offer for young people's ideas

  18 February 2014
What do you really care about in your local environment? That's the question being posed on the Scotland's Environment Website, in a competition which gives young Scots a chance to air their views.

What do you really care about in your local environment? That's the question being posed on the Scotland's Environment Website, in a competition which gives young Scots a chance to air their views.

If you're aged 5 to 18 then we want you to tell us what action you'd take to bring about positive changes in your local environment, and we've £1000 plus some other great prizes for winning entries!

  • The question: "What needs to change in your local community that will make a difference to your environment and what role can you play in making it happen?"
  • Prizes: include £1000 for group and £100 for individual winners; HP tablets; a backstage tour of The Hydro in Glasgow; tickets to the 2014 Irn Bru Carnival; electric car teen drive event at Knockhill and many other great prizes sponsored by Scotland's 2020 Climate Group.
  • Entries: can be as creative as you want! They could be a simple drawing or painting or something more complex such as a video, website, photographic essay or newspaper article.
  • Age categories: are 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years.
  • Individuals or Groups may enter.
  • Judging: will be by a panel of young people looking for ideas that display ambition, power of argument, passion & flair, informed & well researched content and propose practical solutions.
  • Closing date: is 31 March 2014 so get your entry in!
  • How to enter and more information about the competition can be found at

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse said:

Our environment is an invaluable natural asset for current and future generations. This is a brilliant opportunity to help and encourage young people throughout Scotland to engage in the environment and make a real difference. I'd urge young Scots between 5 and 18 years of age to make the most of this chance to get involved and contribute fresh ideas and solutions to an issue that affects all of us. Not only will you be helping the environment, but it can be great fun and you will earn Young Scot points, and potentially could win one of several great prizes."

Teachers might also like to know that entering the competition is an effective contribution towards the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence and may help schools achieve Eco Schools accreditation.

Tony Currie, Head teacher of St. David's Primary School, Dalkeith said:

This competition encourages our young people to take pride in their local community and to take responsibility for improving local environmental issues.  It encourages them to promote wider environmental issues to local decision makers thus enhancing the role they play through active citizenship.  Engaging with the project allows our young people to be true ambassadors for Scotland's environment."


Notes for editors:

Youth Discussion Competition

  • Entries should fit any of these ten topics devised by Eco-Schools Scotland: litter, energy, health and wellbeing, travel, waste minimisation, biodiversity, school grounds, water, sustaining our world, and food and the environment. A number of useful teaching aids and resources have been developed which can be found on Scotland's Environment Website at:
  • Entries can go further - As well as this great competition, entries may also be eligible for the Young Reporters for the Environment competition. This is a separate competition being run by Keep Scotland Beautiful. Young Reporters for the Environment is an international programme for young people, aged from 11-21, which empowers and encourages young people to investigate and report on environmental concerns and issues of sustainable development.
  • Eco-Schools Scotland is an international programme designed to encourage whole-school action on sustainable development education issues.  It is an environmental management tool, a learning resource and a recognised award scheme.  It empowers young people to take action towards an economically, socially and environmentally just world.
  • The competition has been organised by the Scotland's Environment Web project in conjunction with Young Scot and Eco-Schools Scotland and is supported by Scotland's 2020 Climate group. An awards event will take place in June at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Scotland's Environment Web project

  • SEPA manages the Scotland's Environment Web project on behalf of a partnership of other key environmental organisations in Scotland
  • The Scotland's Environment Website provides a comprehensive insight into the condition of Scotland's environment by providing access to data and information held and managed by a wide range of organisations across Scotland.
  • SEPA has received funding support from the European Commission LIFE+ funding programme to support the delivery of a range of multi-agency collaborative initiatives that will provide a trusted gateway to data and information about the environment, and involve Scotland's Citizens in discussion, monitoring and action to protect and improve the environment.
  • The LIFE programme is the European Union's funding instrument for the environment, which contributes to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation.
  • For further information about the Scotland's Environment Web LIFE funded project