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EPA 2022 ‘The story of your stuff’ competition launched

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The Story of Your Stuff is an EPA competition for second level students aimed at highlighting sustainability, waste management, climate action and environmental protection. Students are invited to use their creative talents to tell the story of their ‘stuff’, which could be an everyday object or activity, using a visual medium.

Examples could include a pencil or a bottle or their journey to school.

Let’s get thinking about… stuff!

Students need to tell a story and can do this using a video, animation, infographics, photography or any other visual medium.

Once you have picked your everyday object, consider what it is made of, how it’s made, what emissions are associated with it, where it could potentially end up when it is no longer of use or what could become of it when it’s recycled properly. Alternatively, consider the impact an everyday activity has on the environment.

To tell The Story of Your Stuff students should investigate and do research using and particularly the EPA’s Ireland’s Environment web pages, the EPA report Ireland’s Environment – An Integrated Assessment 2020 and other reliable sources of information to help tell their story.

Listen to last year’s winners talk about their experience

The EPA Story of Your Stuff 2022 launch video. This is an EPA competition asking second-level students to consider the global impact of their everyday decisions – The Story of Your Stuff and enter our competition. Listen to last year’s winners and their experience.

About the competition

The competition gives students the opportunity to use their creativity to highlight the importance of safeguarding Ireland’s environment and to help them recognise the positive impact they can have.

By entering the competition, students, and by extension their friends and family, will increase their knowledge of the environment and will be more likely to make everyday choices that have a positive impact on the planet. Students are invited to visually tell the story of their ‘stuff’ through a creative medium of their choice – including video, animation, storyboard, infographics, photography considering the entirety of its life cycle.

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Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,842 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures to protect and restore our waters.