No-Arc21 - the protest group fighting the proposed Hightown waste incinerator - has written to local schools urging them to back their campaign.
Craig Goodall, a teacher at Loughshore Educational Resource Centre and No-Arc21 campaigner, recently started SCRAP - School Communities Raising Awareness Project.
He has written to a number of local schools inviting them to take part in the SCRAP project as a way of raising awareness about the arc21/Becon plan and the concerns of local people.
Mr Goodall revealed that Glengormley Integrated Primary and Gaelscoil Eanna are already involved with the project, and he is hopeful that other local schools will come on board in the coming weeks.
The Blackrock resident said that he is opposed to the Hightown plan for a variety of reasons, including environmental, traffic, health and economic concerns.
“It’s the wrong technology in the wrong place. I would be against it even if I lived further away from it,” he commented. “This is causing a lot of worry and a lot of stress for people who live in the area.”
Mr Goodall has appealed to schools to get their pupils involved in the campaign by using the issue as an environmental project, by making posters, writing poems or having debates.
“Twenty or 30 years down the line it will be these young people who will be dealing with the fall-out from this, particularly if there are any long-term health implications, so it is important that we give children and young people a voice,” he added.
Glengormley IPS teacher Chris Denvir, who lives in the Hightown area, said that the school has presented its pupils with information from both sides of the argument.
And while he stressed that he can’t speak on behalf of all the pupils’ parents, he said that “the vast majority” of those they have spoken to about the issue are opposed to the waste incinerator being constructed in Hightown.
“A lot of the staff and a lot of the parents and children live in this area and we don’t want this on our doorstep. This is about where we live and where we work. The traffic is already chaotic in the Hightown area and if this goes ahead it’ll only make things worse,” he said.
P5 pupil Sophia Mallon said that she and her classmates were concerned about increased traffic and that the plant might contribute to global warming.
For more information about the SCRAP project check out www.facebook.com/StopHightownWasteIncinerator