EPA and DOEHLG joint educational resources launch

Date released: Nov 01 2010

Ciarán Cuffe, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Dr. Mary Kelly, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today launched environmental resources tailor-made for primary and second-level teachers in the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.  The resources have been developed by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the EPA to support teachers who are exploring the key environmental issues facing Ireland today.


The resources are:

  • ECO DETECTIVES, a teacher resource pack of environmental and climate change investigations for primary schools, produced by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in conjunction with the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education at St. Patrick's College, Dublin; and
  • 2020 VISION: A CLOSER LOOK AT IRELAND’S ENVIRONMENT, a multimedia resource for second-level teachers of Transition Year, CSPE, Science or Junior Cycle Geography produced by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Minister Cuffe said that,

“This is an exciting day to be able to take part in the launch of not only one but two educational resource packs about climate change and the environment which are designed especially for all children within the primary and secondary school systems and the current Irish curriculum. As part of Ireland’s national climate change campaign, CHANGE, we are ensuring that the youth of today and of tomorrow will endeavour to help change our behaviour in order to address the effects of climate change and protect Ireland’s environment. Both sets of resources are exciting and interactive and will assist teachers in engaging engage students with the key environmental issues we face today.”

 

He went on to say that,

“The activities in the primary school workbooks will make the children feel as if they are real eco-detectives with lots of outdoor investigations and experiments for them to take part in. Learning about climate change and the environment should be appealing and fun and I believe these resources are the way forward in addressing attitudes and behaviour in Ireland today and for its future generations.”

 

Dr Mary Kelly, EPA Director General said,

“The second-level 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 across the country will be young adults, well-versed in the values of sustainable living. My hope is that the resources will influence a generation of young people to have a lifelong passion for the environment.
“In developing these resources we have worked with teachers to ensure that they are tailored to deliver what the professionals have told us will work best in the classroom.”

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NOTES FOR EDITORS:

The launch: Environmentalist Gavin Harte also presented a people-powered workshop with an exciting mix of photographs, video clips, and animations at the launch.  Currently, there is also a new Science Gallery exhibition on display entitled 'GREEN MACHINES: Kick Start the Revolution', for more information go to the Science Gallery website.  

ECO DETECTIVES: is a teacher resource pack of environmental and climate change investigations for primary schools, produced by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government as part of the CHANGE Campaign. The CHANGE Campaign is Ireland's national awareness campaign on climate change. To develop this resource, CHANGE partnered with the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education at St. Patrick's College, Dublin, who provided key methodological and curriculum-based specialities to ensure the resource, is relevant for teachers and educationally sound. The resource is broken down into four levels: Junior and Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd Class, 3rd and 4th Class and 5th and 6th Class. This resource, available in Irish and English, draws together some of the most creative ways to teach about climate change, primarily through geography and science. It also enhances childrens’ learning in other curriculum areas, particularly language, mathematics and SPHE. Every primary school in the country will receive a pack.


2020 VISION: A CLOSER LOOK AT IRELANDS ENVIRONMENT: the EPA's multimedia resource for second-level schools (Transition Year/ CSPE (Civic, Social and Political Education)/ Science/ Junior Cycle Geography). This resource pack and the accompanying website have been developed by the EPA to support teachers and students in exploring the Irish environment, in the context of the second level curriculum. By using a combination of clips from the Eco Eye TV Series, support materials and up to date information on the Irish environment, teachers and students can explore the key environmental issues that we face today. 


The six key topics are: 

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


To obtain the resource material:


ECO DETECTIVES
:

  1. The resources are available to download from the ENFO website  in English and Irish.
  2. Primary school teachers can also request a copy of the resource on CDROM by sending their name and school details to  awareness@environ.ie or by calling 053-9117345

2020 VISION – A closer look at Ireland’s environment:

  1. The resources are available to download from the EPA website in English and Irish. 
  2. Secondary teachers can also request a copy of the resource on DVD and CD by sending their name and school details to education@epa.ie or by calling 053 9160642.