This is an archived press release
Monday 14 November 2011Nearly 140 pupils from urban primary schools came out to the Peak District to study the effects of climate change on moorland peat and wildlife.
The day-long field trips were organised by the Peak District National Park Authority’s learning & discovery team and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council during its Festival of Social Science.
The Year 5 pupils (aged 10) came from Hollingworth school in Tameside, Temple school in Manchester’s Cheetham Hill, St Christopher’s and St Paul’s schools in Stockport, and Woodhouses school in Failsworth, Oldham.
Learning and discovery officer Andrew Battye explained: “The children spent the morning in the Crowden valley with learning team leaders investigating the effects of climate change on peat and wildlife, such as mountain hares. They learned that peat, which is a natural carbon sink, can be eroded by changing weather patterns and this also affects the wildlife habitats it supports.
“In the afternoon sessions we took them the Longdendale environmental education centre to play games highlighting how their lifestyle and energy choices may affect global temperatures.
“Their responses ranged from ‘I want to come back at the weekend with my parents so I can get to the top!’ to the one that makes it all worthwhile: ‘This is the best day ever.’”
Demand for the programme was so high that it was extended from three schools to five.
A similar “Act on Climate Change” programme for schools was also held in the Spring, funded by Kingfisher Education Services.
For more details on the Economic and Social Research Council, go to www.esrc.ac.uk , and for more details on climate change effects on moorland go to www.moorsforthefuture.org.uk