Insights from Young Environmentalists on Global Recycling Day

In general, only humans seem to leave behind waste that poses a serious threat to the environment. Nature simply can’t cope with the volume of garbage we discard daily. Every item we buy has the potential to end up as waste, contributing to the global accumulation of refuse on our planet. What steps should humanity take to tackle this pressing issue?

This was the pivotal question explored by young environmentalists from ‘PADIYUN’ during a dedicated workshop on Global Recycling Day. These environmentally conscious children engaged in a thoughtful discussion about the problem of waste accumulation and disposal. Together, they identified essential actions that individuals and communities can take to curb the growing waste crisis. These measures include:

  • Say No to Disposable Items: Especially disposable plastic tableware, as it’s not recycled in Ukraine.
  • Waste Sorting: A crucial practice to ensure recyclables find their way to the right destination.
  • Repair and Reuse: Instead of discarding broken items, consider repairing them before opting for new replacements.
  • Recycle: Make an effort to recycle waste materials, such as paper, glass, and metal.

Moreover, the young participants discovered the art of transforming waste into useful and beautiful items, offering a second life to household cast-offs. These handmade products would either adorn their homes during the winter holidays or serve as thoughtful gifts for loved ones and friends. The enchanting Christmas vases and candleholders, imbued with the warmth of children’s hearts and creativity, represent a small yet meaningful step towards preserving the environment!

The event was held within the framework of cooperation between the Interreligious and Civil Environmental Forum of Eastern Europe (IRCEF) headed by Olexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU BundesverbandNABU International), project coordinators  Ivan Tymofeiev (NABU), and Nataliya Kulya (IRCEF).

Olha Velychkanych,
Head of the Biology Department, Transcarpathian Regional Center for Children and Youth Creativity ” PADIUN”

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