Ukrainian project: How does your footprint look like?

Ukrainian project: How does your footprint look like?

by Tetiana Malnyk (volunteer at WWF Ukraine)

This summer our Ukrainian team had a great opportunity to be a part of the Generation Earth and Erasmus+ project “Crossing Paths – Driving Change”. We were so inspired by insightful workshops about leadership and sustainable living, therefore, our delegation came up with the idea to organize a similar project in Ukraine.

Here we go. A range of questions appeared:
#Who will be our target audience?
#When and where will our project take place?
#and last but not least: What is the idea of the project, and which goal do we want to reach?

After continuous discussions our team decided the following:

  • we will focus on active youth both with ecological and other educational background;
  • we will prepare similar workshops about sustainable living thus sharing the idea and information we got from Generation Earth with our participants;
  • expected desirable result is to motivate our participants to implement small projects concerning eco-education in Kyiv.

One more thing left: the place. All of us, organizers and participants, became very excited when we found out that we could visit Mizhrichynskyi regional landscape park and hold our workshop near beautiful Desna river. Luckily, we succeeded to hear sounds of a grey owl.

The most favourite workshops according to our questioning were about the ecological footprint and how to organize your own project. As well, everybody liked the documentary about beavers and their role in ecosystems (yes, we had a small movie-night).

At the moment we are in the implementation process of our participants’ idea to conduct a series of lessons about our nature in primary school and presentation of the Living Planet Report for youth by youth.

Hope this will not be the last one and much more activities are coming.

This project is made possible by the generous support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

The European Commission support for the project does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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