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Green-Schools Marine Environment conference 2019

| March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Green-Schools, Ireland’s leading environmental and award programme, held its third annual Marine Environment Conference in Galway at the end of January 2019. Promoting long-term, whole-school action for the environment, Green-Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community. The programme is operated and co- ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce, a charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland’s natural and built heritage.
The conference was supported by Ireland’s Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Twenty-one schools attended, eager to learn more about the marine environment and the threatening effects pollution is having on biodiversity in Ireland and around the world.
The conference keynote speaker, Ken O’Sullivan shared his research into aquatic life in Irish waters with students and teachers. He spoke about his documentary film “Ireland’s Deep Atlantic”, which took four years to complete and which explores North Atlantic waters, much of it for the first time ever, in search of blue whales, sharks and deep water coral reefs down to 3 000 metres deep.
During the conference, primary school students from St. Colman’s Boys National School in Kanturk, delivered a presentation on the Great Pacific garbage patch, a tangled mess of plastic, floating trash halfway between Hawaii and California, which has grown to more than 600,000 square miles, twice the size of Texas in the US.
Throughout the conference, each participating school exhibited a project relating to an issue concerning marine life. Students were also invited to enter a new competition in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. The young participants were asked to create a vision for the future of our seas. The competition will be completed later this year.

Category: Autumn 2019

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