This course aims to help Junior Cycle students learn how to analyse and create meaningful responses and solutions to the challenges of global and local sustainability.

Students will study a range of topics under the broad theme of sustainability such as climate change, environmental and social justice, development education and community resilience.

There will be an initial foundation strand to enable students to have a scientific understanding of, for example climate change, as a basis for further studies. Building on this foundation, we will look at local initiatives and examples of good practice of community resilience. Students will be encouraged to cooperate with others to identify and collect relevant knowledge to undertake a solution-based action project in their local community.

Students will have an understanding of local responses to global challenges and will be provided with regenerative skills such as composting, food growing, propagation, foraging, diy building and traditional crafts. They will develop an understanding of their local ecology through guided nature connection activities in near-by woodlands and seashore.

As well as these activities, students will also, where beneficial, use digital technologies to carry out their action projects.

This course is taught through a range of teaching methodologies such as place-based learning, experiential and outdoor learning. It has both a theory and practical focus and where possible is taught outdoors.

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