Save Aberdeen eco centre

18th December 2009 at 00:00

Is the closure of the Aberdeen Environmental Education Centre the best way to mark the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen?

Last year, more than 5,000 pupils took part in activities there. Best known in north-east Scotland for its Victorian schoolroom and street trails for schools, it is renowned for its educational resources for health, energy and the environment. First-hand experience is the best way for children to explore life in Aberdeen during Victorian times and the Second World War, and to learn about history, housing, the natural environment and global citizenship. The Curriculum for Excellence demands more such resources and taking learning outdoors.

We cannot afford to lose this centre at a time when children need more under-standing of how people are changing the world's environment. Acting locally means environmental education in Aberdeen.

Elizabeth and Neil Curtis, Loanhead Terrace, Aberdeen.

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