On International Earth Day, the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies initiated an environmental, informational, and educational campaign “Earth is our only home.” The event took place near the largest lake in the Ukrainian Carpathians – Synevyr (the Khust district). More than twenty participants joined the action, mostly internally displaced persons, who visited the pearl of the Carpathians that day.
During the event, the organizers drew the attention of participants to the current environmental problems of our planet, including those that are specific to Ukraine and that can provoke war. We talked about the actions that each of us could carry out. We can all make a small contribution to protecting the environment. The organizers of the event say that it’s not so difficult, and the benefits are obvious. The specific examples that the participants heard about inspired them to do good deeds for the planet.
It is always easier to destroy than to build. Moreover, the destruction of nature can have negative consequences for all living beings (and man as well) for hundreds of years, and some processes may be irreversible. Therefore, International Earth Day is a kind of reminder of environmental disasters. It’s also the day when each of us needs to think about what we have already done, whether we have done enough, and what we can do in the future to solve environmental problems.
The participants of the action also had the opportunity to learn a lot of interesting information about Lake Synevyr, its origin, and its ecological condition. Everyone who joined the event took part in the interactive exercise “Is there anything extra in nature?” and received a thematic booklet as a gift.
The event was held in cooperation with the Institute of Ecological and Religious Studies – IERS (headed by Alexander Bokotey) and the German Nature Conservation Union (#NABU), project coordinator Ivan Tymofeiev.
Informational Service of IERS