It would seem that reading is commonplace. When we read a book or an article we read, we learn something that didn’t know before. A book is a great way to relax and get away from the problems and worries that surround us, especially in wartime, and to spend time usefully. There are many feelings, emotions, and secrets of the writer in any book. It is up to us whether we notice and draw conclusions from it or not.

On April 28th, an environmental and informational event was held at the Mukachevo Local Library for children of IDPs and library readers, where a presentation of the ecological story “Under the Owl’s Wing” took place. Natalia Humen-Bilanych (author) and Marta Mykhailets (artist-designer) talked to children about environmental protection, human dependence on the state which is becoming more and more obvious, and when it comes to nature protection, and it means not only flora and fauna but also the processes that take place in the cycle of nature. That is why the eco-story gives the younger generation a better understanding of the needs of nature and the environment.

Then Mrs. Martha told about the process and features of creating a book. Together with the children, Martha and Natalia also discussed future professions, but more children focused on the professions that inspired them after this meeting, namely the writer and forester. Bilanych Mykhailo, head of the Research Department of Nature named after T. Lehotsky in Transcarpathian Regional Museum of Local Lore and an employee of the IERS, spoke about an unusual creature that has a nocturnal lifestyle – the owl. The expert had the opportunity to demonstrate a built construction that serves as a home for small species of owls, such as Athene. After that, IRCEF expert Iryna Shyshkina spoke more about the national nature parks and reserves that are located in Transcarpathia, and about organizations whose function is environmental protection.

The children also painted the main character of the eco-story – an owl. It should be noted that all participants approached the task with all creativity and showed their imagination. The children were excited to show their drawings, and received a gift – a coloring book “How does Maryannochka behave in the forest?”.

Marta Mykhailets illustrated, arranged, and organized the coloring book, trying to provide the most practical information for children, to show how to behave in the forest, and what can be done to not only avoid the devastating impact on nature but also to preserve it. All participants were delighted to get the signed books by the authors. Many thanks to the Mukachevo Children’s Library for the friendly hospitality! We also thank the library staff for preparing an interesting exhibition of books on environmental issues.

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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