Mount Mercy Cone Heads

May 4, 2009 at 6:12 PM

mountmercyNegotiating the one-way systems of Cork in the rain (despite excellent directions from my trusty trip planner Ronan) was no mean feat, but I arrived only a few minutes late I made it to meet the “Cone Heads”.

No not the rather bizarre movie with movie legend Dan Ackroyd (what do you mean who?) but the super green team of Mount Mercy School in Cork.

Inspired by the Green Cone composting unit that they bought and installed in the outside area of the school, the “Cone Heads” introduced me to their experiences of changing the environmental behaviours of the school.

The EPA should take note here, as the girls have been very successful in changing the mindset of the students to “go green” and start looking after the school in a much more environmentally friendly way.

By harnessing the potential of the different classes within the school, the girls explained to me how Mount Mercy has become a haven of cleanliness, totally focused on its communal composting scheme.

environmentboardYou and I both know how hard it is to get teenagers to change their minds or do something they don’t want to, but the girls have been relentless and through their solid awareness campaign (including a green rendition of Grease—or Green—Lightning that you just might see at the Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase).

What about the cone you say? Well, they took me out into the rain and there it was–a large green cone buried 3ft below the ground that nourishes the land around it. The horticultural group has taken full advantage of the cone and are so pleased with it, that more are on order.

So, keep an eye out, because there are plenty more “Cone Heads” to come in this part of Cork!


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