Climate Awareness Family Fun Day in Attymass, by Mairéad Melody-Carr
By Mairéad Melody-Carr, Attymass NS Parents’ Association
“Reduce, Reuse, Reinvent” was the overall theme of a recent climate-focused family fun day held in Attymass on Friday 16th June.
The community of Attymass enjoyed an inclusive and interactive show entitled ‘Juanita’s Big Problem’, developed by the esteemed Circus250. Circus250 is dedicated to bringing circus to new audiences in unusual places, and believes that circus is the most accessible of art forms, for everyone.
Juanita the clown had a big problem with all the plastic waste she had! The community, together with the pupils and teachers from Attymass NS helped Juanita to organise items made from plastic on a timeline of how long it takes each item to break down.
The audience learned so much, including that it takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down! They sorted some plastic into 3 categories ‘Reduce, Reuse or Reinvent’. This was a wonderful, fun and educational event for all and will help communities in their effort to create change.
Following this, everyone happily participated in a community litter pick around Attymass village. The children earned some well deserved treats provided by the Attymass NS Parents Association.
The Attymass N.S Parents Association were delighted to secure the funding for this important event from the Ballina 2023 Community Events Fund. The community event also tied in really well with some recent projects that are ongoing within Attymass NS. and we are very thankful to Ballina 2023 for awarding us with this funding.
All of this helps us to educate and create awareness of climate related issues surrounding us, particularly for our young people. It shows how we can all help to create change!
Thanks to Mairéad, Alice and team for their hard work on putting on such a great event and well done to all the children and families that took part!