Green-Schools Marine Environment Conference 2019
Our third annual Green-Schools Marine Environment Conference began in Galway on Tuesday, January 29th. Taking place over two days in Salthill, the conference is supported by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. 21 schools attended the conference which focuses on our marine environment and the threatening effects pollution is having on biodiversity.
In Galway on Tuesday, Green-Schools Manager Cathy Baxter welcomed the attending schools: “We’re excited to be in Galway for one of the highlights of our calendar, and also to launch a new Marine Spatial Planning Competition. Well done to all the participating schools whose creativity and passion is so inspiring, and sincere thanks to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for their support’’.
During a series of activities and talks at the conference, Green-Schools students gained a deeper insight into the value of the Marine Environment. The keynote speaker, documentary film maker and creator of Ireland’s Deep Atlantic, Ken O’Sullivan motivated students with his research into aquatic life in Irish waters. Important issues were highlighted throughout the day and students focused on Ireland’s marine biodiversity and concerns associated with plastic pollution. Alongside serious topics were fun activities such as sasa dancing, listening to sounds of the sea and learning about species with superpowers (think invisibility, poison and super strength!).