Ukrainian Vibes – Stop 2: Sustainability and Environmental Consciousness

The Ukrainian Vibes – European Public Sphere project in phase 1 offered a virtual stage to young people and their visions for the future of Europe and encourages them to become a more active part of society. In the four part online workshop-program, young participants learned, shared and strengthened their knowledge about participation in different areas to build the Europe they want to live in. To achieve this goal, the workshop included open discussions with experts and group tasks. If you want to learn more about the project, click here.

On the 15th of June was the second stop of the Ukrainian Vibes – European Public Sphere e-tour. Together with participants from Ukraine, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Pakistan and Benin we explored the topic “Sustainable Development and Ecological Consciousness”.

Experts from the respective fields also joined the session to support participants and share their generous knowledge, experience and advice. Thus we gained valuable viewpoints from representatives of diverse fields – Ecology, Activism and Education.  

At the beginning of the workshop participants were asked to provide 3 words that “sustainability” means for them and to explain what benefits do they associate with it. “Green thinking”, “planet protection”, “prosperity and dignity”, “balance, consciousness & future” – became the main points.

To deepen into the topic, an active member of the Philosophy and Social Sciences Department of JASU Kateryna Volosevich gave a speech on the topic “Ecological consciousness of population and involvement”.

Later, in the second part of the workshop, participants dealt with a variety of practical tasks according to the session’s topic. The first activity was aimed to calculate the Individual Ecological Footprint using a measurement tool and consider the effects of our personal resource use. There are many ways we can choose to alter the size of our EF’s, so we discussed what practices can we implement in our everyday life.

After that was the tutorial on Waste Management, where we gained insights about 5 R’ model (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose) and practiced sorting of a variety of waste items.

As a final task participants together with experts analyzed issues related to public spaces and proposed possible solutions for developing sustainable community spaces. Breakout rooms were fulfilled with creative and productive ideas to advance sustainable development!

I think what’s very important is not to lose your motivation. I also know this feeling: I do so much, and I’m interested and I try to change my way of life. And maybe when you do a test like this Ecological Footprint Calculator you feel like “Oh shit, maybe I do it for nothing and I can also stop” […]. It’s a very reasonable and normal reaction. But please don’t lose your motivation because it’s really important […]. At first it is a first step, and a way to maybe get your friends and other groups to change. And I also think: We don’t have the opportunity to lose motivation! We have to act!

Jason Michalek

Fridays for Future

Some photos of our workshop:

The fifth ecofriendly habit is to use public transport. I understand that it’s really comfortable to use taxi or your own car. Really comfortable. But sometimes you should not only think about yourself and your comfort but think also about the comfort for our planet. Thank you!

Kate

Junior Expert and Participant Ukrainian Vibes;

Video summary of our workshops:

 Many thanks to our experts who supported us during the session!

Inokentii Horobtsov

National Ecological Centre of Ukraine

Patrick Konopatzki

Independent Institute for Environmental Issues

Jason Michalek

Fridays for Future

Tatjana Saienko

Professor from the Ecological department of the National Aviation University of Kyiv

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