Winners of the marine litter art competition revealed

Eastmuir Primary School has been presented with the top prize in our marine litter art competition.

The competition is part of the ambitious Upstream Battle campaign, run by the charity in partnership with RECOUP to tackle marine litter at source.

Schools from across the Clyde Valley were challenged to investigate the journey of marine litter from source to sea, measuring litter in their own community and exploring how it could end up in the ocean before expressing their findings creatively.

Entries ranged from sculptures and poetry to animations and songs. The competition provided a real springboard for raising pupils’ awareness of how they can tackle the source of marine litter on their doorstep.

The entries were separated into three different geographical categories and judged by a panel including ‘Line of Duty’ actor Martin Compston, Scotmid Co-operative and ourselves. Winners were selected based on their imaginative solutions and opportunities for their fellow pupils to help take action on marine litter.

The winners in each category are:

The winners of each category will be treated to a day out with their classmates to the Glasgow Science Centre and a Scotmid voucher.

Eastmuir Primary School was selected as the overall competition winner for “Fear for our fishy friends”. The school will be gifted a Plaswood bench made from 100% recycled plastic in Dumfries by RPC bpi recycled products.

Scotmid and RPC bpi recycled products are both key funders of the Upstream Battle campaign.

Sarah Hunter, Sunshine Room class teacher, Eastmuir Primary School, commented:

“We are delighted to be chosen as the winners of the Upstream Battle art competition and hope that our video helps to raise awareness. Our class is more aware of litter as a result of the project – until we see no more litter, we will keep spreading the message about the harmful impacts of litter on our environment.”

The competition is part of the Upstream Battle campaign, an 18-month programme of initiatives along the River Clyde, raising awareness of the part that land-based litter plays in marine litter, and practical action to reduce the problem.

Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “We welcome the support from communities all along the Clyde Valley for Upstream Battle. As part of our campaign we hope to engage everyone along the Clyde Valley, young and old – and our schools competition is a vital part of this activity.

“The response to the competition has been fantastic – pupils have clearly been inspired to think about how litter gets into our marine environment and how they can help to tackle this problem.

“I would like to congratulate Eastmuir Primary for their efforts. It is clear the Clyde Valley is home to a future generation of environmental ambassadors.”

Further information can be found at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/upstreambattle.

16 April 2019

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