New EPA resource for second-level teachers

Date released: May 13 2010

Take a closer look at Ireland’s environment with 2020 Vision – a new EPA resource for second-level teachers

The EPA today launched its new interactive resources for second level schools. The EPA schools’ resources have been developed to support second level teachers who are exploring the key environmental issues facing Ireland today.

Speaking at the launch Dr Mary Kelly, EPA Director General said:

“We see these resources as really exciting, interactive materials which will engage students with the key environmental issues we face today.  My hope is that they will influence a generation of young people to have a life long passion for the environment.
 
"The resources are based around the EPA’s vision of the Irish environment to the year 2020. By then lots of the students who will have used these materials in schools up and down the country will be young adults, well-versed in the values of sustainable living.

"We have worked with teachers to develop the resources and they are tailored to deliver what the professionals have told us will work best in the classroom.”


The resources have modules on biodiversity, sustainable resource use, clean air and water as well as climate change.  The environmental themes can be explored through corresponding comprehensions and lesson plans designed specifically for Transition Year, CSPE, Science and Geography. They each contain relevant videos based on the popular Eco Eye series and are in both English and Irish.

 The six key topics are:

  • Limiting & Adapting to Climate Change
  • Clean Air
  • Clean Water
  • Protected Soil & Biodiversity
  • Sustainable Resource Use
  • Integration & Enforcement

The resources are available on the EPA website (in English and Irish).  Teachers can request a DVD/CD copy of the resource entitled 2020 Vision – A closer look at Ireland’s environment by sending name and school details to education@epa.ie or by calling 05391 60642.

ENDS


Notes to Editor:
This launch marks the start of a two-week partnership with the Science Gallery.  The Science Gallery is hosting exhibits and talks in association with the EPA about Climate Change as part of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Exhibition running until 11th June.

During the next fortnight, visitors can step into the Carbon Calculator booths and work out exactly how much CO2 their actions emit annually. 

Also Gavin Harte will present the first talk at Science Gallery completely powered by humans on 26th May entitled Burn Calories not Carbon. In association with the EPA, Gavin will present his unique talk on climate change and energy, but this time the audience power the show. A people-powered electricity station will be connected to bicycles and the audience will pedal to provide power for the talk, if the audience stops, so does the show. For more information see http://sciencegallery.com/events.