This Spring Translink and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful are encouraging school children to make the “smart move” and use more ‘active travel’ modes to get to school for a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.
The Translink Eco- Schools Travel Challenge promotes walking, cycling, bus and train travel for the school run instead of car use. Schools that take part can also achieve the prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag Award which recognises their environmental credentials.
Pictured are Translink’s Communications Officer, Astrid Conville and Ruth Van Ry Environmental Education Managers from Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.
Translink School Engagement Facts
- Translink is the main school transport provider in NI carrying around 55,000 pupils everyday.
- Eco-Schools is a programme for environmental management, certification and sustainable development education for schools. The Eco-Schools programme was developed in 1994 on the basis of the need for involving young people in finding solutions to environmental and sustainable development challenges at the local level, as identified at the UN Conference on Environment and Development of 1992.The programme was initiated by Member organisations of the Foundation for Environmental Education with the support of the European Commission.
- In Northern Ireland, the Eco-Schools Programme is operated by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, an environmental charity. There are 68 countries now signed up to the Eco-Schools programme, sharing the same methodology and concept, and are identified by the Eco-Schools logo and Green Flag. The Eco-Schools Green Flag, awarded to schools with high achievement in their programme, is a recognised and respected eco-label for environmental education and performance.
Visit www.eco-schoolsni.org for further information.