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World Environment Day – Children in Turkmenistan stand for healthy nature

World Environment Day – Children in Turkmenistan stand for healthy nature

World Environment Day, celebrated on 5 June, turned into the real cheerful action for the children, having a vacation in summer camp Cheshme in Geokdere.

The party was organized by Ministry of Education jointly with UNICEF, National Red Crescent Society with support from the Canadian Fund For Local Initiative, says press release distributed by UNICEF office in Ashgabat. The event was supported by the Volunteers of the United Nations and Red Crescent Society, and UNICEF Staff Association.

Children surprised with the fact that it would take hundred years for plastic to degrade in the environment and that five hundred billion plastic bags are used annually. Together with hundreds of peers and teachers from all over the country, children exclaimed in one voice “Beat the plastic pollution, let’s protect our nature!” at the event.

The group of children showed theatrical dance performance on environmental protection. And for one of the participants of show this day was special – Masha celebrated twin event – 9th birthday and World Environment Day.

The kids later joined the children who made beautiful crafts out of plastic and other recyclables for a display.

In another corner of Cheshme, the quiz on the topic of environmental protection, air, water, as well as plastic pollution was held. The children voiced recommendations on how they would contribute to the nature protection and what they expect from the governments.

“The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife and our own health. The World Environment Day is here to remind us that the future of our planet rests in our hands,” said UNICEF Representative, Ms. Shaheen Nilofer, calling everyone to come together in facing one of the greatest environmental threat of our time.

She also thanked the leadership of the country on the issue of climate change and curriculum on Climate Change and Environment, that will further empower children to adapt and mitigate the impact of climate change and environmental risks.

The event in Cheshme became a good awareness campaign for young citizens of Turkmenistan, explaining the key principle of harmony between human being and nature – our strong commitment to environmental protection finds rewarding response in such gifts of the nature as fresh air, green landscapes, crystal-clear ponds and rivers.