Niamh Brady

Climate change is indeed having a significant impact on Ireland, affecting various aspects of its environment, economy, and society. Here are some ways in which Ireland is experiencing the effects of climate change:

• Extreme Weather Events: Ireland is witnessing an increase in extreme weather events such as storms, heavy rainfall, and flooding. These events can lead to property damage, displacement, and disruptions to transportation and infrastructure.

• Rising Sea Levels: As global temperatures rise, so do sea levels. This poses a threat to Ireland’s coastal regions, including cities like Dublin, Galway, and Cork. Rising sea levels can result in coastal erosion, loss of habitats, and increased vulnerability to storm surges.

• Changes in Agriculture: Ireland’s agriculture sector is being affected by climate change. Shifts in temperature and rainfall patterns can impact crop yields, livestock health, and overall agricultural productivity. Additionally, changes in climate can affect the timing of planting and harvesting seasons.

To engage pupils in exploring climate change further you can:

• Teach students about the causes, impacts, and potential solutions. Use a variety of resources such as documentaries, articles, and interactive activities to engage students and encourage critical thinking.

• Encourage students to take part in practical activities that raise awareness and promote sustainable practices. This could include organising school-wide initiatives like recycling programs, energy-saving campaigns, or establishing a school garden to learn about sustainable food production.

• Engage students in local environmental issues and encourage them to take action within their communities. This could involve organising a community cleanup event, participating in local climate change protests or initiatives, or inviting guest speakers who work on climate change-related projects to share their experiences.

To make the world a better place and slow down climate change you could:

• Encourage sustainable practices among your pupils and within your community. Teach them about energy conservation, recycling, reducing waste, and using public transportation or carpooling. Small actions like turning off lights, unplugging devices, and minimising water usage can collectively make a significant impact.

• Educate students about the benefits of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. Encourage them to advocate for renewable energy initiatives and raise awareness about the importance of transitioning from fossil fuels to cleaner alternatives.

• Engage students in activities that promote afforestation and conservation efforts. Encourage tree-planting initiatives, participate in local conservation projects, and teach students about the importance of preserving biodiversity and ecosystems.

We noticed a huge increase in littering around our town so this year we engaged in the Picker Pals Programme. It has had a positive impact in the area. Members of the community have stopped when we’ve been litter picking and commended the students on their efforts. By incorporating education, practical involvement, and community engagement, we can inspire the next generation to be actively involved in addressing climate change and making a positive impact on the world.


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