Eco Warriors Descend on Dun Laoghaire
Over 200 students representing 23 secondary schools from the DLR area participated in activities ranging from Food Miles to World Trade whilst on their quest to save the planet!
They were helped by presentations from An Taisce Green Schools Programme, ECO- UNESCO, Young Friends of the Earth and UCD’s Earth Institute and Eco Modelling Centre. Recreate and the Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism also attended the event highlighting their work on waste, resource re-use and sustainable tourism. Members of Shankhill Action for a Green Earth (SAGE) provided the students with an overview of their local environmental work.
Transition year students from Ballinteer Community School & Newpark Comprehensive School presented to their peers on their recent educational visit to the WeCreate Workspace and Fab Lab in Cloughjordan Eco Village in Tipperary. These students are currently working on three exciting ecological project ideas which they hope to enter in next year’s Young Environmentalist Awards.
The event was launched by An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Cormac Devlin who spoke to the attendees about national policy on the environment and the policy actions Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council are actively involved in. “We’re delighted to welcome so many environmentally conscious schools to County Hall. Their energy and passion to protect the planet is inspiring”
According to Dean Eaton (Acting Environmental Awareness Officer, DLRCC) the event was a huge success. “I was very impressed with how the students engaged in the conference over the five day period. They are excellent ambassadors for their schools, many of which are already participating in An Taisce’s Green Schools’ Programme”
The Environmental Awareness Department at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council supports secondary schools that would like to get involved in An Taisce’s Green Schools programme. For more information please contact Dean Eaton, Acting Environmental Awareness Officer at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council at 01 205 4700.