The second month of spring is on the calendar, and winter is back in the mountainous settlements of Transcarpathia. A white blanket of snow covered the fields and mountains. However, this did not interfere with our environmental and educational event, which took place in Synevyr UTC in the Khust region.

“Nature isn’t a rubbish bin” is the theme of an outdoor class. During the event, children learned about an important principle of environmental ethics: “Do no harm to the environment.” Unfortunately, there are people who are indifferent to throwing garbage in rivers or forests, without thinking about the fact that nature needs centuries to eliminate this waste. For example, plastic bottles decompose in a hundred years, and glass – a thousand years!

To reduce waste, you should choose reusable products, avoid over-packaging, and prefer packaging that can be used multiple times. And, of course, garbage must be sorted and recycled everything that can be handed over. How to do it right was also discussed during the environmental education class.

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 under the project “Responsibility for Creation and Women of the Carpathians” implemented by IRCEF with the partner 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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