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Way to Go! Emma Lu of Great Neck

Image created by Emma Lu, a Great Neck

Image created by Emma Lu, a Great Neck South Middle School student, for Students Speak! Countdown to Copenhagen.

Emma Lu, a sixth-grader at Great Neck South Middle School, was one of 15 winners worldwide last month in Students Speak! Countdown to Copenhagen, a contest that required students to show their passion for the climate change issue in a song, poem or video.

Emma's submission, a PowerPoint presentation called "The Earth is Now in Our Hands," outlined ways to preserve the planet accompanied by a backdrop of original drawings.

The winning artworks were compiled on a DVD, and copies were given to world leaders last week at the Climate Change Conference in Denmark.

"The Earth is our home and it's a beautiful home, and we want to keep it that way," said Emma, 11, whose presentation stressed that all people are part of Team Earth. "We want our Earth to be a peaceful place where we all live in harmony."

Emma said the idea for her presentation stemmed from her family's environmental efforts, which include recycling plastic and using scrap paper.

"Emma is a terrific student and kid," said her social studies teacher, Michael Golden. "She deserves all this recognition."

The contest was sponsored by ePals, a social network for K-12 learning, with Conservation International's Team Earth campaign.

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