At SSE Airtricity we’re really excited to educate and engage both parents and kids alike with our Eco Explorer’s Club. Through our Sustainability partnership with Dublin Zoo and the help of our friends, we’ll give you access to the tools and resources to learn without having to leave your home.
Featuring educational videos, Draw with Don Art Class with Don Conroy, Instagram Live Storytelling with Reuben the Entertainer & SSE’s Mia McCarthy, Imagination Children’s Yoga, and an amazing Virtual Eco Explorers Tour at Dublin Zoo.
Join us across the next 10 weeks every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10am over on our social channels Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. Don’t worry you can also catch up here on the hub.
This weeks timetable: - Monday: Learn how to protect biodiversity with our new animated episode in The Eco Explorer Club series.
- Wednesday: It's Storytime! Join Reuben the entertainer and SSE Airtricity's Mia Fahey McCarthy to learn and laugh.
- Friday: Come along to Dublin Zoo on a virtual tour.
TOPIC 1: What is Biodiversity?
In Lesson 1 we learn about Biodiversity. Biodiversity is the variety of all the living things in the world it includes all living things from the tiniest insect in your garden to the biggest whales in the sea. Join us on our journey to become Eco Explorers and tune in for more on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
What is Biodiversity - Animated Series
Learning all about Biodiversity with Reuben The Entertainer
Eco Explorer’s Club Virtual Tour of Dublin Zoo
Draw with Don on Biodiversity Week
Yoga Exploration with Caragh
Biodiversity comes from two words biological which means living things and diversity which means variety. The earth formed 4.6 billion years ago! Scientists find it hard to know exactly when the first living things appeared on earth but what they do know is that they started from single cells. The building blocks that make up all living things cells are so small you can only see them under a microscope. Billions of years ago these single cells began to become more complex through a thing called evolution. These cells became lots of different living things like plants, mammals, invertebrates and microorganisms which are the ones you can only see under a microscope. What's so amazing about the natural world is that everything came from a common ancestor including us. An ecosystem is like a community of living things in a specific place interacting with each other and with the non-living things in that place. Examples of living things are plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms called Manera and Protista, non-living things are things like rocks, climate, water and air. Different ecosystems in Ireland are bugs, woodlands, a marsh, a hedge, a lake, an ocean or even a rock pool.
Can you think of some living and non-living things you have in your ecosystem at home? Let us start with living things plants, trees, animals, insects, a dog or a cat, flowers. Now let us look at some non-living things – rocks, climate, water, air. Nature is all the things around us that are not made by humans like plants, animals, the landscape, the sea.
Biodiversity and nature are all around us, next time you're on a walk why not see what you can spot in the ecosystem around you!
We need biodiversity for lots of reasons. Biodiversity is about the variety of different living things having lots of diversity among plants, animals and all living things around us is essential in keeping different ecosystems healthy. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen from their leaves which humans and other animals need to breathe. An invertebrate is an animal without a backbone like a snail, worm, spider, wood louse. Bees are invertebrates and they help to pollinate flowers which helps crops and plants grow this makes sure we have yummy things like strawberries, nuts, chocolate, bananas and much more. Earthworms keep the soil healthy by recycling nutrients and aerating the soil this in turn helps plants to grow.
Biodiversity also gives us places to play and have fun nature spaces and the plants and animals in them provides places of beauty for us to see, play and experience.
Can you imagine not having gardens or parks to play in or relaxing when you're walking bird-watching or enjoying the Zoo TV series you are enjoying biodiversity! There are lots of different types of animals that live in Ireland we call these native species there are over 50 native mammal species living in the wild in Ireland. This includes land mammals like red squirrels and hedgehogs and marine mammals like grey seals and bottlenose dolphins. In Ireland we have 200 bird species that either live here all year round or regularly fly to spend part of the year here there are lots of ways you can learn about biodiversity.
Why not tune in to some of the other activities taking place as part of the Eco Explorers Club. Thank you for discovering biodiversity with us today, if you'd like to learn more about biodiversity watch out for next lesson here or @sseairtricity on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.
TOPIC 2: Biodiversity: Protecting Nature - New
In Lesson 2 we learn about protecting Biodiversity. Join us on our journey to become Eco Explorers and tune in for more on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Protecting Biodiversity - Animated Series - NEW
Learning about Protecting Nature with Reuben The Entertainer & Mia McCarthy
Join us at Dublin Zoo for a Virtual Tour
TOPIC 3: Energy: What Fuels Our planet? - Coming on 8 June
TOPIC 4:Pollution: Protecting Our Planet - Coming on 22 June
TOPIC 5: Sustainability: Caring for Our Planet - Coming on 6 July