Vice-President of the European Parliament Praises Laytown School For Its Environmental Record

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Fifth Green Flag for Biodiversity

Mairead McGuinness, MEP and first Vice-President of the European Parliament on Friday (15th June)  took part in a ceremony in Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Laytown, Co. Meath to mark the awarding of the  fifth Green Flag to the school for its work on the environment, this time on  biodiversity.

The MEP said it marked a considerable achievement.

“This school has put an exceptional effort into the Green Schools programme.  The unity of purpose, energy and well deserved joy  to see such effort rewarded  was palpable and inspiring,” she said.

“The children took ownership of the biodiversity project, learning about our natural environment and the creatures – great and small – and plants that are part of it.

“We spoke about threats to our biodiversity, including the accumulation of plastic waste on our seas and oceans which is killing marine life.

“I was hugely impressed with the knowledge, concern and enthusiasm the children displayed and I believe our future is in safe hands,” she said.

“How appropriate it is that this celebration is taking place in the same week when new scientific research has found a threefold increase in ice losses from Antarctica, a key indicator of climate change, and happening in a mere five years between 2012 and 2017.

“That is very stark and it underlines in a very major way how what we do locally impacts globally.

“This community is not leaving it to someone else to act, they are taking it into their own hands and doing something really tangible to change that loss and help save the environment for this and future generations,” she said.

Ms McGuinness said great credit was due to the pupils and their teachers, Principal Bláithín Maguire and Green Schools co-ordinator Cathy Culhane with the full support of the school community and parents.