Climate, water, energy, resources, microplastics and marine waste - cooperation for the protection of nature on the shores of the Baltic sea

On September 23 in St. Petersburg's "Friends of the Baltic" and "Ecocentrum" hosted a round table on cooperation between educational, scientific and public organizations for the protection of nature. Participants find out about the past year results of the Friends of the Baltic programs and the programs of the new 2019-2020 academic year for everyone to participate.

Elena Gretchina presented the all-Russian school project on application of resources and energy SPARE and annual competition "Energy and environment". Resource saving is a new direction of the competition. Projects on the topic of separate collection and recycling of waste, the refusal of disposable things show how a particular solution can reduce energy costs for the production of things and carbon dioxide emissions. The participants were presented the rules and previous successful project examples for creating good school projects on climate, energy conservation and energy efficiency, resource conservation, development of climate plans of schools and made an analysis of typical difficulties and mistakes.

Victoria Rudenko presented a new program to educate young people about climate change in the North-West regions of Russia-Act together to save the climate (ACCT! - Acting on Climate Change Together). For the next 3 years within the framework of program 5 educational methods will be developed, which become a guide for conducting interactive classes with schoolchildren, students and activists. We invited teachers to become distributors of methodologies, to participate in their development and testing, to join the expert Council and to participate in the study of the level of awareness of students about climate change.

Anna Kryukova meet participants with the activities of the Russian-Finnish project "SEVIRA", explain how to include school groups in the public monitoring of the Sister river and the transboundary Seleznevka river. Anna told about the research of nitrate content in natural waters by teachers, schoolchildren and activists who conducts express studies of springs, columns, rivers and lakes in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region. They fill in data to the "people's map" of nitrate pollution. Everyone can join the network "observation of rivers". The annual school conference of water quality researchers "Ecomonitoring of rivers and the Gulf coast", which will be held on October 19, and the River Festival – an annual holiday that has been held since 2005 on different rivers and other water bodies of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region, were announced. The festival will be held in the spring of 2020 in the Vyborg district of the Leningrad region.

Elizaveta Merinova invited the participants to discuss the topics of marine litter on the Gulf of Finland, disposable plastic and microplastic pollution of water bodies. At the seminar we discussed the results of 2018-2019 and plans for the future. Over the previous year we have released as many as 3 educational materials: infographic "What found on the beaches of the Baltic sea" , an exhibition on plastic pollution and solutions to this problem, a manual for lessons on marine litter "Know, feel, act! Stop marine debris"

Friends of the Baltic continue to work with the topic of reducing plastic pollution in St. Petersburg and the Baltic basin and invite activists, teachers, students, school groups and all interested to join the monitoring of marine litter and microplastics, to contribute to the updating of the list of cosmetics with plastic components, to create and share examples of the rejection of disposable plastic to different institutions.

Friends of the Baltic presented a new publication-the book "Act Environmentally. Pool of environmental advice", prepared together with the Committee of nature management, environmental protection and environmental safety of the Government of St. Petersburg. The book is addressed to a wide range of participants from schoolchildren to pensioners, families, businesses and public organizations interested in an eco-friendly way of life. The collection contains tips on how each of us can contribute to sustainable development in everyday life, conservation of nature and resources.