Eco-School in Astana: The impossible is possible!

Amina – Pineapple, Mukhit – Mandarin, Diaz – Bustard. This is how the participants of the Eco-School of the Goethe-Institute Kazakhstan and the ASBK (Association for Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan) made acquaintance. This took place on June 9th and 10th in Astana at the INFOLAB@ and as part of the project “Urban Corners”. The participants were guardians of the magic flow of energy and members of the environmental organization ACBK, most of whom are students and lecturers at the universities in Astana. On the first day of the Eco-School, PR specialist Mukhit Suttitbaev from the ACBK spoke about the organization’s work, shared information on flora and fauna observation techniques, and showed what camera traps look like for difficult to study birds and other species and for satellite collars for saiga antelope. He also taught the students how to get involved in the fascinating environmental game, introduced participants to some of the world’s best known environmental actions, and answered all the questions. In addition, the participants of the Eco-School received information about the work of the Goethe-Institute Kazakhstan and about the mobile app “Urban Corners”, of which the last stage ends on the 30th August this year. The app is closely linked to the theme of “nature conservation” and aims to improve the ecological understanding of young people. The organizers of the project have drawn the attention of the participants to downloading the game on their mobile devices. Everyone can win at the moment, regardless of whether or not he played in the previous stages. The main thing is to visit all stations before the 30th August 2018 and to complete the tasks.
On the second day, the participants of the Eco-School learned to initiate and carry out environmental actions. It turns out that at least three criteria must be met for each public event: legality of the action, media coverage and cooperation with local government bodies. For this reason, the participants were instructed by Mukhit to develop a sustainable environmental action for the city of Astana.
This resulted in three projects: “Bicycle Day”, “A Day without Cars” and “Let’s clean the world!”. In the preparation of these environmental actions, the participants of the Eco-School learned to interact with environmental organizations, youth associations, government agencies and companies. The main result of the two-day eco-school: The participants learned that the impossible is possible and that pooled forces and an initiator are needed to raise awareness among a large number of people about environmental problems. An action will be implemented this fall with the support of the Goethe-Institute Kazakhstan.



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