Our ecology is in small but reliable hands
November 09, 2018
The results of the Russian children’s competition “Our Era of Ecology” were summed up at the meeting of the Moscow City Duma Commission on environmental policy. The organizers and jury of the competition, which included the deputies of the capital’s Parliament, are confident that in the future it will become a prestigious national award.
The Russian children’s competition is organized within the framework of the program „Eco Projects of Russia 2018“ with the support of the Ministry of natural resources and ecology of the Russian Federation, The Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources (Rosprirodnadzor), the Public chamber of the Russian Federation, the UNIDO Center for International Industrial Cooperation in the Russian Federation, the UN environment (UNEP).
This year the Competition received about 2 000 works from all over Russia, from small and large cities: Vladikavkaz, Ruzaevka (Mordovia); Novokuznetsk (Kemerovo region); the Komsomolsk-on-Amur; Yaroslavl; Timashevsk (Krasnodar Krai); the settlement of Tarko-Sale Purovsky district; Samara; Miass (Chelyabinsk region); the settlement New Urgal; Verkhnebureinsky district, Khabarovsk region; Novoaltaisk, Altai Krai, etc.
Zoya Zotova, Chairman of the Moscow City Duma Commission on environmental policy, United Russia party faction, member of the competition jury: „I am convinced that new formats of work with young audience cultivate ecological culture. That’s why I always tell our children: the future is in your hands. Not so long ago, as part of the delegation of the Moscow Government, deputies of Moscow City Duma visited the days of Moscow culture in Tokyo. When asked how they managed to solve major environmental problems, the Japanese replied that they brought up a generation that knows how and wants to do it. The same is happening now in Russia: we are cultivating careful attitude to the environment in our children. An example of this are the participants and winners of the first Russian children’s creativity competition „Our era of ecology“.
Natalia Alova, Chairman of the Public movement „ERAECO“: „The Idea of the Russian children’s competition „Our Era of ecology“ on environmental issues surfaced in the process of studying the projects of the National Award in the field of ecology „ERAECO“. In practice, every year more and more projects appear in the nomination „Eco Education“, as well as children’s works. That is why together with JSC „Russian Railways“ we organized a Competition of children’s creativity, where the authors can be teachers, students and parents. And we were pleasantly surprised not only by the quantity, quality, or creative component of the competition works, but most importantly by the sincere attitude and responsible approach to the environmental culture.“
Olesya Konovalova, diploma holder of the Russian children’s creativity competition „Our Era of Ecology“ in category „Social project“, kindergarten teacher (Novoaltaysk): „Together with my pupil Sofia Kaigorodova we presented the project „There are no foreign children“. It’s about the little ducklings that Sophia raised from the laying of eggs she found in the woods. Our entire kindergarten group was involved in this process, we kept a diary of observations and watched how life was born. Sophia herself now wants to become a veterinarian and treat animals. But even if this does not happen, she already loves them and will stand up for them.“
The award was held in the framework of the Commission on environmental policy of the Moscow City Duma, which was attended by representatives of the executive branch, educational and public organizations, media, volunteers, participants and organizers of the Russian children’s competition „Our Era of Ecology“. More than 60 laureates from different parts of Russia attended the Ceremony.
The organizers of the Competition: Social movement „ERAECO“, JSC „Russian Railways“, the UN environment (UNEP), International Centre for Scientific and Technical Information, with the support of Detsky Mir Group.