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Bringing Nature into Schools - Patrick Kirwan

Ep. 62

For the first episode after the break, I want to introduce you to a secondary school teacher, Patrick Kirwan (thank you Codie for the recommendation!). His story is such an inspirational one that I hope you'll be as encouraged as I am by him and share this with as many students and teachers as possible! You can follow Patrick on Twitter @GrowGardeners or the Irish Schools Sustainability Network at @IrishSchSusty.

We covered:

[05:05] When Patrick was inspired to get active.

[10:30] The earliest climate action he incorporated into his work.

[28:05] The role the education system plays in tackling climate change.

[41:50] Irish Schools Sustainability Network (ISSN) & Climate & Nature Summit.

[48:50] The recent IPCC report reactions.

[51:40] Random questions!

Also mentioned:

Kevin O’Sullivan - Irish Times Environmental Editor

Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST)

Climate & Nature Summit participants: WWF, Voice, Ecounesco, Concern, Green Schools, Clover Hogan, SEAI

Eoin Dalton - Irish Rainforests

Rachel O’Connor - Principal

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