Double Date: Banbridge and Ofiaich
It’s a beautiful clear sky on my second site visit.
My first stop, Banbridge High School.
Let me set the scene for you. In 1859, an Antarctic Expedition discovered the last remaining written evidence of Captain Francis Crozier and the crew of HMS Terror. The note explained how Crozier’s expedition became trapped in the ice while searching for the legendary Northwest Passage. All the survivors decided to head for mainland Canada by foot.
Captain Crozier and his men were never seen alive again, but the memory of this intrepid explorer lives on in the Geography Club at Banbridge High School. The young people there have been honouring him through their environmental project using videos and Japanese Manga art to link their community with the rest of the world.
I’m sure their Polar Bear mascot and good ole Captain Crozier would be proud of their work to address Climate Change!
“Look for the Wind Turbine”, said the teacher from Ofiaich College. That’s a pretty good sign. I’m headed to visit with a school that has over three years of experience in the Young Environmentalist Awards, and am excited to see what they have developed this year.
Three members of the Environment Club explained to me their plan to reduce energy consumption in the school, diligently spreading the message to get people to stop wasting electricity. Their campaign has even inspired a TY group in their school to develop mini-company similar to the project. The group was very excited to be shortlisted this year!
Their project is permanently displayed in the school corridor…next to a framed certificate from ECO-UNESCO on a previous year’s Young Environmentalist Awards. It’s great to see so many schools coming back this year.
I’m sure the bright lights and celeb spotting (Did I mention TTV’s Aidan Power will be hosting again this year?) are part of the fun…along with meeting lots of other young people from across the country that care about the environment!