28 Nov 19 News Communities Chile

Youngsters get creative on saving the environment with Mainstream

Frutillar schoolkids enjoy getting closer to nature at Senda Nativa Romahue Conservation Park

Primary school pupils are showing themselves to be enthusiastic conservation champions in a series of creative workshops being run by Mainstream in southern Chile.

The community engagement programme for our Puelche Sur wind farm project is staging a range of arts and crafts activities for the young children of Frutillar, all of which highlight the beauty and importance of nature and the environment, and how we can look after it.

Activities are designed to get children engaged in protecting local flora and fauna

With the initial focus on local flora and fauna, the school groups have been visiting the Senda Nativa Romahue Conservation Park, where the youngsters’ creativity and imagination has run wild.

Each school is invited to choose a native species to protect and rescue, with students making masks of their animal’s face out of recycled material. One group made an environmental mural that was inspired by the conservation work that is being done in the park.

The children from the Colonia San Martín school picked the “Chilla Fox” as their animal, while the puma was the choice of pupils from the Carlos Springer School. The El Copihue, Santa Ana and Juanita Fernández schools were also involved in the initiative.

Senior Community Relations Executive Rodolfo Angel said: “These activities touch on a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, such as Quality Education and Climate Action, which are both extremely important for Mainstream.”

  • Mainstream’s Puelche Sur Wind Farm project, located near the communes of Frutillar and Puerto Octay, attained environmental approval from the regional Los Lagos authority in March, and will be constructed as part of our 1.3GW Andes Renovables platform, which is due to begin supplying the Chilean grid in 2021. Its 51 turbines will have a 156 MW capacity, the equivalent of the annual energy consumption of around 180,000 homes.