PLEASE HELP TO SAVE IRELAND’S SOILS

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Soil is Food,

We exhaust it

“Soil is Nature,

We kill it

Soil is Health,

We contaminate it

Soil is Future,

We ruin it

Let’s give a right to Soil!”

Ireland’s soils need your help.

Please, sign the petition.
http://environmentalpillar.ie/people4soil/

We rely on soils to provide healthy food, clean water, support wildlife, store carbon, prevent flooding and maintain livelihoods in the country.

But land use changes, intensification of agriculture, overgrazing, pollution, afforestation, industry and urbanisation, are killing them.

Soils are not a renewable resource, when we lose them they are gone. We need to protect them. Please, sign the petition:

http://environmentalpillar.ie/people4soil/

 

The sea is rough biodiversity game!

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Wednesday 1st March, Youth Café Drumshanbo gave GEAI EVS volunteers the opportunity of organising a Biodiversity activity. The idea was to play a fun game and at the same time learn about marine animals in the Irish coastline.

The game

First of all we put on a table different pictures of Irish marine animals: whale, dolphin, turtle, sea horse, seal, lobster…The group of kids were moving around the room pretending they were swimming in the Irish coast while EVS volunteers were saying: The sea is rough one, two, three…When children heard: Stop swimming in the Irish sea! they had to freeze. They couldn’t move at all and the  first  who did it, had to represent a marine animal chosen from the pictures. They used mime and sounds to do it. The others had to guess.

Outcome

It was interesting to see the effort they made to represent the animal correctly. They asked different questions about their habitat, size, diet… At the end we were pleased to discover that they have learned about Irish biodiversity while they had fun. Look forward to the next activity!

 

Informal learning: hopscotch water quiz!

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Yesterday, 15th February, GEAI EVS volunteers coordinated an informal learning activity about water in Youth Café Drumshanbo. It consisted on a combination between a fun game and a water quiz. The kids had fun and learned at the same time.

Hopscotch game

Based on Hopscotch game we put paper sheets on the floor with numbers from 1-11. The group of kids was divided into two teams. The first team chose a member to start  throwing the die. They should answer the water question associated with the number that the die just showed. All the questions were related to the water topic.  To get to the number they hoped and scotched. If they answered correctly they continued playing, if not the other team played. The purpose of the game was that all team members reached the “end” paper sheet to be the winner team.

Learning together

While playing, we found out that they paid attention to every answer, just in case the question could be repeated again. They were engaged with the game, trying to do their best. They have learned that the energy generated from water is called hydroelectric, that almost 80% of the Earth is covered by water however, less than 1% of it is available to drink. It was great to develop the activity with them! They would like to play hopscotch again! It is amazing to see how a popular game mixed with a learning activity can amuse them.

EPA FRACKING STUDY HAS MAJOR FLAWS

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Aedín McLoughlin hands Submission to Hildegarde Naughten TD, chairperson of Oireachtas committee

GEAI submission to Oireachtas Committee.

GEAI has made a major submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Climate Action and Communications on the EPA-commissioned Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE) Joint Research Programme.  This Study had as its major research question: “Can UGEE be carried out while protecting the environment and human health?”

Conclusions do not reflect findings

We have discovered that the overall summary report did not reflect the findings of the five research reports, which more correctly should have highlighted that:

  • UGEE (fracking) operations globally have major impacts on the environment and on human health, but as human health was not included in the Terms of Reference for the study, the impact of fracking on human health was not included in the study.
  • There are several unknowns around the process of fracking globally and it is not possible to guarantee that hydraulic fracturing can be carried out without contamination of groundwater and air.
  • The hydrogeological profile of the Northwest Carboniferous Basin (mainly Leitrim and Fermanagh) is heavily faulted with deep-seated aquifers and shallow shales, which makes it unsuitable for fracking.

Summary Submission

Full Submission

Water Cycle: Learning & fun!

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On Wednesday 18th January, the EVS volunteers organised a Water Cycle learning activity in Youth Café Drumshanbo. It was a fantastic opportunity to find out what the group of kids between 10-12 years old knew about it.

An incomplete drawing

The activity consisted in an incomplete water cycle drawing which they had to finish.  They had a minute to draw what they thought was missing and to write the key words: evaporation, condensation, precipitation…

When the time was over they passed the drawing to the kid who was sitting besides them, on their right side.  Again, they had a minute to complete their partner drawing. After that, we had a little discussion about the meaning of the key words.

Positive result

Everyone cooperated to complete the drawings. Our feeling was that they have a clear idea of what the water cycle is. It was great to develop a non formal learning activity in the water topic. We’ll come back soon!

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