INSPIRING and teaching our children how to help fight climate change and protect habitats are important lessons for us all, but the value of teaching this to Jersey’s youngsters is huge.
Erin Cowham, the National Trust for Jersey’s education officer, meets thousands of children every year and teaches them about how important our natural environment is through a series of exciting and inspiring events.
JE has supported Erin’s role since 2020, and we recently renewed our sponsorship for another three years.
In 2022, Erin delivered 131 school activities to nearly 3,000 pupils while the trust’s family activities, which run during the school holidays, reached 1,000 children.
The trust and JE share a vision to educate Jersey’s children and young people about key environmental issues and empower them to become agents of change. The new bespoke school workshops, which are free of charge, cover five themes: biodiversity, seas, pollinators, woodlands and climate change. Through these workshops, the students will undertake activities which encourage them to learn about the threats to these areas, explore them and take action to help. The trust will also be offering new sustainable activities during the school holidays, inspired by the Power Rangers programme.
National Trust for Jersey’s Charles Alluto commented: ‘We are strongly aware of the significant challenges faced in terms of biodiversity loss and climate change. It is crucial that we engage young people, so that they can proactively join us in addressing these challenges with the urgency that is required. We are enormously grateful to Jersey Electricity for their continuing support and recognition of the value of this work, and very much look forward to working with the JE team over the next three years.’
JE chief executive Chris Ambler said: ‘Erin has significantly grown and developed the National Trust’s education programme and we are excited to see what will be achieved in the next three years. The programme teaches our youngsters about the immense environmental issues we are facing in a fun and interactive way and we hope we will inspire a new generation of Islanders to put the environment first. We are really pleased that youngsters will be able to learn about the importance of local biodiversity and the challenges of climate change.
‘Protecting the environment and sustainability are central to JE’s business and community activities and our vision is to inspire a zero-carbon future for Jersey. As an island, we must reduce our carbon footprint and the sessions will cover how Jersey can achieve this as well as exploring concepts such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon sequestration.’