Hello my friends,
I have to tell you about a special day in the nature in the outskirts of Bratislava. I participated in an international project called ESFALP – European Schools for a Living Planet. On 2 October, school students and their teachers from 11 European countries celebrated River Action Day by organizing simultaneous events near their local rivers. They included river cleanups, eco-parades, exhibitions and lectures on the importance of clean rivers. Local communities in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine also participated in the festivities. The activities were planned and lead by approximately 1,000 students from 33 school classes.
River Action Day is the outcome of the European Schools for a Living Planet (ESFALP)initiative that trains students in environmental topics and activism. ESFALP was held for the sixth time this year. It is organized by WWF Austria and the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme in cooperation with ERSTE Foundation.
The students created River Action Day during the final ESFALP event in June 2014 in Romania. I was told that this school was represented by Mrs. Judit Young, English and Russian teacher and Mate Nagel, secondary school student. The common slogan they chose was „Together for Rivers“. The festivities successfully engaged local communities and raised awareness of the situation of rivers and the necessity of their protection.
It was a very important event and I was amazed how actively all these students contributed to the campaign and participated in all the competitions, quizzes, cleanups and many other activities.
I enjoyed being outside all day and loved the nature in the area around the Danube River.
Here are some photos from that day. You know, everyone wanted to take a photo with me. Enjoy!