A project by a County Waterford Primary School has featured at Ireland’s only schools expo focused on Climate Action.
The Green-Schools Climate Action Expo took place at the RDS yesterday and saw over 5,000 students, teachers and members of the public attend the one-day event.
Kilmacthomas Primary School were 1 of 12 schools from around the country displaying their work on the Green-Schools programme.
Kilmacthomas Primary School showed their project, which looked at the impact of the new Waterford Greenway on school travel, at the Expo. The project focused on the school’s efforts to minimise harmful pollutants and emissions by transforming how they travel in their locality, utilising community resources and services.
Opening the Expo in the EPA Eco Talks Zone, Minister Denis Naughten praised the exhibiting schools and the work of the 3,000 plus schools in Ireland flying Green Flags: “Ireland’s first ever Green Schools Climate Action Expo quite rightly is celebrating the fantastic work being undertaken in our schools and communities across Ireland as we tackle climate change together as a country. I have been really inspired by the people I have met today and I hope that everyone who visits the Expo is similarly inspired by the strong enthusiasm and commitment of the students involved. Last week the Government launched Project Ireland 2040 at Sligo IT. Under Project Ireland 2040 €22 billion will be invested in climate action. The venue was chosen specifically because students and young people are central to our low carbon future.”
Joining Minister Naughten on the EPA Eco Talks stage throughout the day was a diverse range of speakers on issues related to climate change; sustainable clothing and fashion; biodiversity; weather patterns; active travel and green business. The Green-Schools Climate Action Expo also featured 16 exhibitors showcasing products, services and initiatives that schools can get involved in to heighten awareness of climate change in their communities.