New environmental course for GCSE/AS-level students in NI

Written by Agriland Team from Agriland

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) and Advanced Subsidiary (AS)-level secondary school students in Northern Ireland will be able to gain a new qualification in climate change and environmental action from the next school term.

The new Open College Network (OCN) Northern Ireland (NI) Level 2 Certificate in Reducing Carbon Footprints Through Environmental Action has been added to the Department of Education’s list of courses approved for teaching and will be available from September.

Through it, students will have the opportunity to follow a selection of project-based modules in the following areas: Understanding the role of Carbon in Climate Change; Biodiversity Recovery; Tackling Single-Use Plastics; Fast Fashion; and Climate Campaigning.

The qualification is fully assessed through coursework.

Teacher perspective​

To date, almost 30 teachers in Northern Ireland have completed a free Carbon Literacy training course, funded by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), to enable them to support and deliver carbon literacy programmes for students withtin their schools.

Nicole Sloan (pictured top), who teaches at Foyle College, is one teacher who is excited about the new course and the opportunities it will open up for students.

“I think this new opportunity to gain a formal qualification in climate change and carbon literacy is hugely significant,” she said.

“Our students found the initial carbon literacy training that they have now completed, enlightening and very empowering.

“They took their time to really absorb all of the information they were given, discussed it at home and have started to apply changes in their own lives.

“These changes are to lower their carbon footprint which will make a difference locally and globally, for people now and for generations to come.

“Knowledge is power and no matter which path a young person intends to follow career-wise, this knowledge is important now.”

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...