Power of nature explored by pupils

Madison, Darren and Katy from Woodburn Primary School, Carrick, discover the power of energy in nature, included are Christine Chambers, from Ulster Wildlife and Lucy Marsden, from AES. INCT 47-795-CON NATURE

Madison, Darren and Katy from Woodburn Primary School, Carrick, discover the power of energy in nature, included are Christine Chambers, from Ulster Wildlife and Lucy Marsden, from AES. INCT 47-795-CON NATURE

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East Antrim schoolchildren are exploring the power of energy in nature through a series of education workshops by Ulster Wildlife.

Using interactive activities, experiments and games, primary six and seven pupils from over 20 schools in Larne and Carrick are discovering the importance of saving energy in school and at home to help tackle climate change.

The programme is sponsored by AES, which has been working in partnership with Ulster Wildlife to help protect wildlife within its grounds following the discovery of a rare bee orchid as well as supporting the charity’s work to secure space for nature.

Lucy Marsden, HSE advisor with AES, said: “As a responsible local company, with power stations in Ballylumford and Kilroot, we are keen to encourage local schoolchildren to become interested in energy and how it has an impact on the living world around us.

“The ‘Energy in Nature’ workshops are a great way for us to facilitate learning through nature, whilst also helping bring our commitment to sustainable business principles to life.”

Christine Chambers, Discovery and Learning officer with Ulster Wildlife, said: “We are delighted to continue our series of workshops with AES to help inspire more young people in the area about the value of energy in nature. Energy, after all, makes our world go round and nature holds the key to its future.

“We hope the workshops will bring science to life for the schoolchildren and spark a lifelong interest in our natural environment.”

To find out more about Ulster Wildlife and its education programmes to inspire people about nature, visit www.ulsterwildlife.org