More and more often we complain about polluted air, poor-quality water, dirt on the roads, worsening state of health, poor-quality products, deforestation, etc. If we continue to do nothing, further worsening of the environment is unavoidable. Nature is the surrounding for humans and not only that. It’s essential to treat it with care, to pass on its beauty to future generations. Such a task as the protection of the natural environment is currently facing the whole of humanity.
On July 8th, an educational ecological quest – an intellectual competition called “We are for a clean environment!” was held for children who are currently resting in the summer Christian camp. During the event, the participants exchanged their own practical tips for every day, how to protect the environment, in particular, use energy-saving lamps, sort garbage, go shopping with eco-bags, save water, donate unnecessary things, walk more often instead of using cars, etc.
After the discussion, the children took an active part in the eco-quest. They demonstrated good knowledge and skills passing through its stops. Each location had its own name and purpose. In particular, at the “Is it correct that…?” stop, schoolchildren answered quiz questions. At the second stop called “Decipher” – they recalled the saying “None is superfluous in nature!”. In the “Eco-crossword”, participants showed their knowledge of the subject of “Nature”. Children enthusiastically answered the questions of the test about Red Book plants and animals at the “Red Book of Ukraine” stop. The children happily sorted the waste into the appropriate boxes from the provided pictures and found out which garbage is the most dangerous at the “Sorting garbage” stop. At the end of the quest, children guessed riddles about the flowers of Ukraine until they “weaved” a Ukrainian wreath at the “Wreaths” stop.
The schoolchildren successfully completed all the tasks of the quest and thereby showed that each of us can change our lifestyle in order to help nature by standing up for its protection. So, summing up the results of the quest, the teams were awarded diplomas from the Transcarpathian Ecological and Naturalistic Center for Students Youth for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.
The event was held within the framework of the project “Churches, religious and public organizations for the environmental education of national minorities”, implemented by the Interreligious and Environmental Civil Forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF) (head by Alexander Bokotey) in cooperation with the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU Bundesverband NABU International ) with the support of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Auswärtiges Amt), project coordinators Ivan Tymofeiev (NABU), Nataliya Kulya (IRCEF).
Oksana Kremin, Head of the organizational and mass work Department in TRENCSY