Down High School Pupils Passionate About Environment Organise Eco Community Fun Day
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council in conjunction with Down High School will be hosting an Eco-Friendly Community Fun Day at St Patrick’s Square, Downpatrick on Saturday 30 April.
From 11am-1pm there will be fun activities including how to plant wildflowers, which people will be able to take home, free coffee and tea for those who bring their own reusable cup and lots of information stands from local businesses and organisations who will be showcasing how they are reducing their carbon footprint.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Cathy Mason said, “I commend pupils of Down High School on taking the initiative to raise awareness of the impact everyday actions and decisions have on the environment and the global climate. There are various ways that we can make sustainable changes such as using a recyclable water bottle in your daily life, reducing energy usage and re-thinking transport choices. This event will raise awareness of moving towards greener, more sustainable practices which don’t have to be massive undertakings. The message on the day will be to get actively involved and positively contribute to the environment.”
Down High School won a debate organised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council as part of Local Democracy Week in October 2021. In doing so the Council committed to supporting their proposal to organise and host the Eco-Friendly Fun Day to make people aware of climate change and how important it is to live more sustainably and to protect our planet from man-made damage.
Talking about the event, teacher at Down High School and Eco Group Co-ordinator, Racheal Wilson said “We are excited at the opportunity to help raise awareness on climate change and sustainability in the local community and also to showcase local businesses, schools and community groups in their steps towards becoming Net Zero by 2050. Little steps can make a big difference.”