This week, REN - Redes Energéticas Nacionais starts two actions of the programme 'Heróis de toda a espécie', which will take place on 16 March at 9:00 am, in the Artistic School of the Conservatório de Música Calouste Gulbenkian of Braga and in Centro Escolar de Barqueiros, in Barcelos, on the same day, at 2:30 pm.
This initiative, which will gather around 150 students, seeks to raise awareness among youngsters regarding the importance of biodiversity protection, preservation of the Portuguese forest and conservation of threatened or endangered animal and plant species.
The 'Heróis de toda a espécie' programme, which has the support of the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forestry and of the Directorate-General for Education is directed at children of the 3rd and 4th year of the first cycle of primary education and intends to make them true ambassadors of biodiversity.
Designed to complement the schools' programmes, awareness-raising actions use an interactive and dynamic approach, promoting environmental awareness and a sense of responsibility among the young. Theatre, games and planting trees will be the theme of these actions, which include a presentation by Quercus on animal and plant species.
For this edition, REN added the Iberian lynx, the Holm Oak and the Bustard to the list of highlighted species, which include the Bonelli's Eagle, the Black Stork, the Iberian Wolf, the Cork Oak, the Holly and the Strawberry Tree. These will be the species taking on a prominent place in all actions and activities to develop.
REN also created a website to enable access to all content, available at www.heroisdetodaaespecie.pt, in which, in addition to teaching materials to be used in the classroom, educational games, trivia and news are also available. REN also expects to publish on the website and to disclose on the company's corporate presence in social networks, all initiatives and actions in the field of biodiversity that are conducted by local authorities and primary schools, thus promoting a national critical mass.