Official opening of brand new Eco Education Station ‘Save Our Seas’ takes place in time for World Lighthouse Celebration
The oldest working lighthouse in the world announces a new ‘SOS’ to help ‘Save Our Seas’.
A brand new Eco Education Station under the theme SOS ‘Save Our Seas’ will be officially opened on Saturday, August 10th to coincide with World Lighthouse Day.
The Eco Education Station is located at the former plant room on the lighthouse grounds and the exhibition includes a mixture of media elements and hands-on activities for visitors illustrating the water cycle but also including the wider aspects of pollution, human interaction, and individual responsibility. A focus is placed on Global warming, its effect on the water cycle, Sea levels, tides, currents, wind, temperatures and the propagation of plastics in our oceans. Visitors are also asked to ‘clean up their acts’ and take a pledge to help reduce sea pollution, to clean our seas and coastlines and to use less and waste less.
Commenting on the planned opening and the new SOS message Manager at Hook Lighthouse Ann Waters says, “It is time for critical action around climate change. There is small movement and certainly more awareness around ecological living but more than radical change is needed. Of the 9.1 billion tons of plastic produced since 1950, close to 7 billion tons are no longer in use. It is estimated that 9% was recycled, 12% was incinerated, and the remaining 5.5 billion tons remain in the oceans and land. With this in mind, knowing that even biodegradable plastic doesn’t necessarily decompose the way it should depending on where it ends up, there really is only one solution – use zero to as little plastic as you possibly can.”
Hook Lighthouse has an environmental strategy in place since 2012. This strategy focusses on waste and energy reduction, the lighthouse recycle all paper, cardboard, tin cans, aluminium cans, plastic, glass, electrical waste and clothes. Where possible only local suppliers are used at the on-site cafe and the site also has a zero-plastic policy in place.
The official opening of the Eco Education Station takes place at 5 pm on Saturday, August 10th and the World Lighthouse Celebration on-site sees a variety of events on offer for all of the family at Hook with sea shanties and pirate games for kids from 5 pm to 7 pm. The new Eco Education Station will be open and freely accessible to all visitors. Later in the evening a 7.30pm a ticketed Traditional Fish and Chip Supper and drinks reception will take place at the lighthouse conservatory overlooking the rolling seas. For further details see www.hookheritage.ie