Over the past months, our organisation has had the privilege of embarking on a transformative journey with a group of Transition Year students from Lough Allen College, exploring the interconnected issues of climate change, water quality, and environmental stewardship. From lively discussions to hands-on experiences, each session offered a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our planet. Here’s a brief recap of our journey: 

Lough Allen College

Session 1: Climate Change. We kicked off our journey by diving into the complex topic of climate change, from its origins to its far-reaching impacts on Ireland’s environment and communities. Through interactive activities and thought-provoking discussions, we explored the root causes of climate change, the importance of understanding the difference between weather and climate, and the urgent need for planification and adaptation. From the Industrial Revolution to the present day, we traced the human footprint on our planet and empowered the students to be agents of change in the fight against climate change. 

Chiara and Victor presenting Session 1

Session 2: Exploring Water Quality. In our second session, we shifted our focus to the vital issue of water quality, unravelling the mysteries of this precious resource and its essential role in sustaining life. From the three states of water to the intricate processes of the water cycle, we embarked on a journey of discovery and stewardship. Through interactive quizzes, we explored the impacts of droughts, the importance of water treatment, and the delicate balance between agricultural practices and water quality. As we concluded our session, we recommended coast watches to the students wishing to get involved. 

Tommy Early showing the bog to the students

Session 3: Embracing Eco-Tours in Mountallen. Our final session took us on an immersive eco-tour experience in the breathtaking landscapes of Mountallen. Guided by principles of conservation and sustainability (and Tommy Earley), we explored the geological wonders, Lough Allen’s shore, and cultural heritage of the area. From bog restoration to the timeless tradition of planting potatoes, we witnessed firsthand the interconnectedness of nature and human stewardship. As we bid farewell to Mountallen, the students almost went back to school pulling a carriage. 

Learning how to grow potatoes

As we reflect on our journey, one thing is clear: the power of education, engagement, and action in shaping a more sustainable future for all. Together, we can make a difference. Let’s continue to nurture our passion for environmental stewardship and inspire others to join us on this journey towards a healthier, more resilient planet.