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Katya Williamson
Walter Roban, the Minister of Home Affairs (File photograph)

Two schoolgirls have won an environmental competition with submissions focused on the human impact on the oceans.

Now Katya Williamson, 14, of Warwick Academy, and Gabrielle Cabral, 12, of Dellwood Middle School, could have their work showcased by Walter Roban, the home affairs minister, at an environmental conference in the UK.

Their submissions will be considered for inclusion in the message that Mr Roban will deliver at the COP26 climate change summit in Scotland next month.

Mr Roban said: “Ms Williamson voiced her frustrations over humanity’s negative impact on the marine environment.

“She identified it as the home of billions of creatures and its potential as an essential source of energy and medicine.

“Ms Cabral also spoke about the marine environment by submitting a Power Point presentation.

“They say a picture paints a thousand words. The submission included photos depicting the harmful effects of humankind on marine life.”

Mr Roban said the submissions were particularly praiseworthy because of the disruption faced by schools during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He also discussed the ministry’s work this month, which was focused on public education on environmental subjects.

Mr Roban said Department of Environment and Natural Resources staff had been on the radio for interviews on topics including reef health and water quality.

They also highlighted Bermuda’s efforts to protect endangered species, including sharks, and work done to minimise the effects of climate change.

Mr Roban said he would lead an event titled Our Vision for Healthy Oceans at COP26, which would highlight how the UK Overseas Territories had tackled the problem of climate change.

The conference will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, from Sunday to November 12.

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Published October 30, 2021 at 7:35 am (Updated October 30, 2021 at 7:35 am)

Winners of schools climate change competition revealed

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