The House of Lords Sub-Committee on Waste Reduction is currently examining how the amount of waste produced in the UK can be reduced and is keen to hear young people's views on the issue.
The Lord Speaker and the House of Lords, in conjunction with the Hansard Society, is calling for 11 - 18 year olds to submit their views on waste reduction to the Sub-Committee in creative ways. Some students might write an article containing pictures of the effects of waste and litter in their area, others might create an animation or short film and interview local politicians and classmates.
Whatever the method, young people can draw on their own skills and experiences to make their submissions as informative and engaging as possible and have their voice heard. The What a waste! competition also offers teachers a creative way to deliver the political literacy strand of the Citizenship Curriculum.
The best submissions in three age categories (Key stage 3: 11-14; Key stage 4: 14-16; and Key stage 5: 16-18) will be invited to the House of Lords to discuss their work with the Sub-Committee (see the Prizes section for more information). But every entrant will have played their part in giving their views on an important national issue and the House of Lords will produce a response based on all entries.
Competition rules, dates and other information can be found in the navigation menu to the left. This includes lesson plans, designed to help teachers support their students in developing their submissions, so why not register for the project now).