May 12th marks the Day of Environmental Education. In 1992, the United Nations Conference in Rio de Janeiro discussed environmental issues and pointed out the importance of environmental education for people around the world in implementing the strategy of sustainable human development. It has been celebrated in Ukraine since 1996.

Everyone’s actions are important for the preservation of the environment on the planet. Care for all living things around us must be brought up from an early age. For this purpose, a fascinating environmental event was held in the park of Uzhhorod Castle for young Uzhhorod residents and children of IDPs. Young researchers together with scientists from the Nature Department of the Transcarpathian Regional Museum of Local Lore named after T. Legotskyj and experts from the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies observed trees, herbaceous plants, and birds. They recognized what trees and bushes had already faded and which were just beginning to fade, saw the Red Book yew berries, and were genuinely surprised to hear that instead of cones he had fruits that looked like red berries. During the tour, they breathed in the aromas of tamarisk, learned for what the three-leaf trifoliate orange has thorns, and saw the larch tree – this is the only coniferous tree that sheds needles for the winter.

The children studied natural objects by touch. They guessed what was in the bag with their eyes closed. Everyone guessed the cones with ease, but no one guessed the hornet’s nest. During the ecological games, they found out which colors now dominate in nature, which birds are migratory or sedentary, and many other interesting things. Researchers showed real bird nests of Remez, black nuthatch, and blackbird, and then offered them to make nests for birds, but they had to work not with their hands, but with “beaks”. They had small clothespins behind their beaks. After work, everyone came to the conclusion that it was very difficult and promised never to destroy the bird’s nest. At the end of the event, all participants received books “How does Mariannochka behave in the forest?” and “Carpathian forest is your friend “and promised to behave properly in the natural environment and always take care of our nature.

The event was held in cooperation with the Interreligious and Environmental Civil Forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF, headed by Alexander Bokotey) on the project “Responsibility for Creation and Women of the Carpathians” implemented by IRCEF in cooperation with partnership support of the Archdiocese of Bamberg (Erzbistum Bamberg), the Diocese of Würzburg (Bistum Würzburg) and Renovabis (Organization for Assistance to Eastern Europe from the Catholic Church in Germany).

Informational Service of IRCEF

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