Visitors to Sonairte in Meath learn learn about ways to live with our environment and create clean energy.

At Sonairte, there is an organic farm, a nature trail and tours where schoolchildren learn about the planet and the environment. Visitors to Sonairte learn how to make electricity without harming the environment through wind generation and solar power.

Here, they are going to show how the earth is being abused by building shanty towns, showing rubbish landfills and the problems caused by nuclear waste.

One of the most popular exhibits at Sonairte is the bicycle generator which allows the children themselves to generate their own electricity.

This place really gets you thinking.

Some young people have even created a rap based on their experience of visiting the centre.

Back in the studio, Susan Kavanagh talks to 18 year old Cathal Courtney from Sonairte. She surprises him by announcing he is the winner of the Ford Conservationist Award 1991. Cathal Courtney explains how Sonairte came about.

A group of people visited the Welsh Centre for Alternative Technology in 1987 and returned to Ireland with the idea to set up a similar centre that would show people a viable way to live with the environment. They acquired the farm in County Meath from a Dutch farmer who was offering it for environmental purposes.

Cathal Courtney's award recognises his work in renewal energy education. He is keen for people to learn how electricity can be generated in a clean and environmentally friendly way.

While there is still a lot of construction work going on at Sonairte, the centre is open to school trips.

This episode of Jo-Maxi was broadcast on 15 October 1991. The presenters are Michael Sheridan and Susan Kavanagh.