NLN Portlaoise takes green flag action

Environment National Learning Network students promote green travel

NLN Portlaoise takes green flag action
By Lynda Kiernan @laoisnews

Bicycles, electric cars, and good old 'shanks mare' were among the travel methods explored by National Learning Network students in Portlaoise recently.

50 students and staff began their Green Flag Action Day last month by walking to their training centre on the Dublin Road, to highlight the many ways people can cut down their carbon footprint.

The NLN branch is currently working towards their fourth Green Flag which is on the theme of travel.

Participants met at the parish centre in Portlaoise and walked the 1.5km to the training centre, where they were welcomed with refreshments.

It was a day of exhibitions and exploration of the ways to travel to work while causing minimum damage to the environment.

A tandem bike demonstration was facilitated by Patrick Mullally of Laois Sports Partnership.

Both staff and trainees got to give the tandem bike a try and it proved to be very popular by all.

Members of the High Nellie Club Durrow also came along to display their vintage bikes.

There were cars old and new, with David Clegg and Cecil Lewis kindly agreeing to bring along their vintage cars for display.

Hughes Toyota from Portlaoise also brought up their latest hybrid electric car, the Toyota Prius.

Paul Tobin and Garry O’ Reilly demonstrated both th e hand cycle and chair racer.

All modes of transport got great interest on the day.

Lorraine Flanagan from An Taisce is the Green Schools Travel Officer, and came along to support the NLN's awareness day, also giving a presentation on having experience of using an electric car.

Fresh produce was picked from the centre's vegetable garden and was available for people to sample.

The day finished with a travel quiz.

“Overall the day was very successful and promoted a greater awareness on how the way we travel affects our environment,” said Kathy Seale, a trainee at the NLN.

“Great credit is due to the hard working green school committee and we would like to thank all our guests who made the day such a success,” she said.

“The day was a great success where trainees got to see and try out different forms of travel from walking to cycling and learn how the effects of travelling can have on our environment. We are currently working on our green code for the centre with the support of Youth Cafe Portlaoise,” said Ann Marie Morrin, a Green School co-ordinator along with Marian Shalloe.