earth is our common home!

On April 14th, an ecological and educational event dedicated to the Day of the Environment was held with the children of Mukachevo Lyceum #8 in the Local library of Mukachevo with IRCEF expert, Iryna Shyshkina.

The main goal of the event is to raise the level of children’s awareness of issues related to environmental protection. Nature is the primary source of all living things on Earth. Plants enrich the air with the oxygen necessary for the life of any living being. The Sun helps with its light and heat creating comfortable conditions for growth. Throughout human history, the earth has been an indispensable resource for people to grow food. Even in ancient times, when primitive man had not yet mastered agriculture, the fruit of wild plants fed people and animals. Water is present everywhere and in everything, even a person on average consists of 70% water. Many fish and animals live in the aquatic environment, some of which people use as food. Nature creates optimal conditions for human existence, providing heat, light, and food. The nature that surrounds us is a real miracle – fields, forests, seas, and oceans. And there are so beautiful places on the earth we may never visit, but we know about them in that beauty.

Firstly, the children got acquainted with the library, where an employee of the library, Natalia Kushnir talked about the rules of behavior and using the library, and presented a great number of ecological publications recently to which were added some of IERS and IRCEF books, ecological tales, calendars, and coloring books on an environmental issue.

After that, the schoolchildren were shown a presentation and a short clip about the protection and preservation of nature. All participants actively discussed the importance of nature, its precious gifts to humans, and how we can help the environment. We also had the opportunity to discuss the rules of behavior in the forest and outside in general, as well as waste management. It turned out that many children and teachers sort garbage, and remnants of plastic, glass, and paper are used again in different ways.

But mostly the children liked the workshop on making butterflies, which they want to give to their parents. The fact is that butterflies have a huge impact on the life of forests and vegetation throughout the Earth, adult butterflies are pollinators of various plantations. The role of butterflies in natural ecosystems is that, as first-order consumers, they are integral to the food chain.

In the end, the children had a blast, were full of positive emotions as well as got gifts – a coloring book “How does Mariannochka behave in the forest?”, which will help children get even better acquainted with the rules of conducting in the forests. Many thanks to the staff of the Local Library of Mukachevo and teachers of the Mukachevo Lyceum #8.

The event was held in cooperation with the Interreligious and Environmental Civil Forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF, headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the Ecological Commission of the Mukachevo Greek Catholic Eparchy 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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