On April 15th, on the Day of Ecological Knowledge in Ukraine and on the eve of World Earth Day, teachers of the Transcarpathian Regional Ecological and Naturalistic Center for Students Youth organized a tour “Spring Phenomena in Nature” for young people of the Ecological center and children of IDPs.

Teachers and young people did not accidentally choose to travel to the village Dubrynychi of Uzhhorod district, because of Kateryna Sholyak, who is a teacher of biology and chemistry in Dubrynychi Lyceum. Ms. Kateryna gladly welcomed the guests, and conducted an interesting tour of the creative laboratories of the institution, acquainting children with environmental, research, and project activities that students are engaged in. The teacher noted that students are actively involved in cleaning and sorting garbage and other environmental activities. Also this year, they participated in the ‘ZeroWasteSchoolUkraine’ project to introduce a culture of waste management, implemented the environmental project “Ecoschool” and equipped a mini chemical laboratory “Ecolab for all” to determine water, soil, and air pollution. Ms. Kateryna told the young nature lovers why it is so important to learn how to use natural resources rationally and protect the environment. The children also got acquainted with the waste management stands and repeated the rules of waste management.

In the school’s chemical laboratory, we were able to determine the chemical composition of water previously taken from several sources in Uzhhorod: a well from a private house, the Minaj water intake, and directly from the Uzh River within the city. Analyzes showed that the content of chemical elements in well and artesian waters is normal, and in river water, there are contaminations of organic matter. So, the children came to the conclusion that the water from the first two sources can be drunk without risk to health, which made them happy.

During the tour of the village, the children made sure that the locals sort garbage and take care of the clean environment. But on the banks of the Uzh River, which flows through the village, there are plastic bottles and other rubbish that remain after the spring floods. Next to the fragile spring flowers, you can find traces of “civilization”.

By choosing a lawn for recreation, young people learned to notice changes that occur in spring, observe flora and fauna, and notice the negative impact of man on the environment (garbage on the river banks, burning dry grass, etc.).

Such spring flowers as spring primrose, windflower, lungwort, early dog-violet, wild garlic, coltsfoot, kingcup, and dandelion were pleasing the eye. Ants have already woken up from hibernation and built the anthill, butterflies and bumblebees collected nectar from spring flowers. After receiving the observation sheets, the children wrote down what changes in nature they observed during the tour, which insects, birds, trees, shrubs, and herbal plants they encountered during the tour. And, of course, like true nature lovers, they did not pluck plants or touch insects, but only admired them and took photos!

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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