MulkearLIFE was delighted to attend the official launch of the new Leave No Trace (Ireland) online teaching resource for primary schools by Phil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. The resource is designed to help and support primary school teachers share the Leave No Trace message of caring for the environment.
Phil Hogan TD, Minister for the Environment at LNT launch (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
At the launch in Larragh, Co. Wicklow, Minister Hogan noted that by becoming Leave No Trace ‘Champions’, primary school pupils will learn life-long lessons that will enhance their respect, appreciation and enjoyment of our countryside. Minister Hogan encouraged all primary schools to take up the Leave No Trace challenge.
The Minister with children from St. Kevin’s NS, Laragh. (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
MulkearLIFE would like to congratulate all involved in the development of the wonderful resource Leave No Trace Schools which will greatly assist the project in its work with schools throughout the Mulkear catchment. To date MulkearLIFE has undertaken Leave No Trace awareness training sessions with well over 1,000 school children as part of its Environmental Education Programme. This has included a presentation in class and a practical field trip where the seven principles of Leave No Trace are unpacked by the school children on site.
Discussing the impact of fly-tipping, Bilboa River, 23 April 2012 (Image: Glen Wightman)
The launch was preceded by an extremely interesting workshop which Leave No Trace Ireland organised. It was attended by a wide range of delegates from a variety of organisations engaged with outdoor recreation. Delegates included those from Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Angling Council of Ireland, Dept of Environment, Community & Local Government, Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaelteacht, Coillte, Invasive Species Ireland, An Tasice, BirdWatch Ireland and the Countryside Council of Wales all of whom support or have supported the work of MulkearLIFE. The workshop was concerned with ‘Communicating the message for successful behaviour change’ and very interestingly aquatic invasive species was a major discussion item.
Mairead McGuinness MEP awaits her sizzingly hot marsh mallow (Image: R. Ó Conchúir)
The event also offered MulkearLIFE the opportunity to update the various dignitaries, including Fine Gael MEP, Mairead McGuinness, on the work of MulkearLIFE and the project’s plans to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the EC LIFE Programme LIFE @ 20