MEI Environmental Initiative 2017

February 28, 2017


The English Language Training industry depends on air travel. Students fly around the world for their studies, many travelling great distances. Furthermore marketers and reprsentatives from schools travel to conferences and workshops to unearth potential new partnerships. Global travel is an integral part of our sector.

Unfortunately, air travel is also a pollutant, consuming huge amounts of fossil fuels as well as contributing to climate change. So much so that, according to renowned scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki, air travel “accounts for four to nine per cent of the total climate change impact of human activity”.


In an attempt to right this imbalance, MEI has pledged to repeat the 2016 environmental initiative of planting native Irish trees at the International Scout Centre at Castle Saunderson, Co. Cavan.

This year we have planted a further 62 trees to represent one tree per MEI member school.

“This is a valuable contribution to the project which is enriching the environment and helping fight climate change by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. The Tree Council wish to thank MEI for their continued support.” Brendan Fitzsimons, CEO,  Tree Council of Ireland

We would like to thank Cavan County Councillor Mr. Fergal Curtin and Noel Sinnott from Scouting Ireland. Also a special mention to Mr. Brendan Fitzsimons the CEO of the Tree Council, David O’Grady and Keith Boyle were in attendance to represent the MEI office.

If schools would like to visit the MEI site in Castle Saunderson, contact the MEI office to arrange an appointment.

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