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General Environmental Education

A key aspect of protecting the environment is education. There is a need to encourage and educate the general public to reuse and recycle where possible, thus minimising indiscriminate dumping in the countryside and reducing levels of waste entering landfill sites. Many people consider that environmental issues can be difficult to understand, and indeed, many issues (such as incineration) involve complex technical concepts. Notwithstanding this, one of the roles of the Council is to explain the facts about areas such as waste management and pollution to the public. The council's Waste Management Plan is a good place to start in terms of understanding how waste is dealt with in Kildare.

Increasingly, the council has also developed a role in promoting sustainable development and this is reflected in areas such as energy and biodiversity. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (www.seai.ie) have the lead role nationally in raising awareness of energy issues and sustainable solutions. The council's heritage officer also has a role in promoting and protecting Kildare's biodiversity see more at www.kildare.ie/countycouncil/Heritage

Schools Education Programme

A more specific programme of education is being conducted in both primary and secondary schools. The programme includes visits to schools countywide, with the objective of involving the students in environmental issues- making the connection between the student and litter, and the student with waste in general. The involvement of these groups will have a wider effect, through influence on adults and younger people with whom they come in contact.

Talks can be arranged on litter and recycling for both primary and secondary schools. Contact the Environment awareness Officer at 045 980588 or e-mail environ@kildarecoco.ie.

 

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Kildare County Council actively supports 'The Green Schools Programme' in conjunction with An Taisce. The Environment Section will offer advice as well as providing free compost bins and litter pickers. The environment awareness officer for the Council works closely with the schools and can offer advice on waste management, water conservation, energy conservation, transport and biodiversity. He acts as the local link for the programme and visits the green-schools committees to assist in their plans.

Over 90 schools in County Kildare are now taking part in this European wide environmental iniative and nearly 60 schools in the county have received the coveted Green Schools Flag. The pupils, staff, parents and management of these schools are to be congratulated for their efforts. There is agreement among these schools that the benefits for the school in joining the Green Schools Programme are substantial, so if you would like to find out more, please contact An Taisce -

phone 01 400 2222

Fax: 01 454 1802

E-mail: greenschools@antaisce.org
website: www.greenschoolsireland.org

If your school is considering joining the Green-Schools programme, you can now download the registration form and the Green Schools handbook in the forms section.