Almost 300 secondary school students from three raions of Vinnitsa oblast learnt about the adverse effect of obsolete pesticides during the events held as part of the Earth Day on April 22nd Print
Thursday, 19 May 2016 14:33

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The Vinnitsa Regional Information Centre, Kreativ, a collective member of MAMA‑86, continues implementation of a regional pilot project as part of the MAMA-86 network project titled "Raising Awareness, Communication and Capacity-building for the Final Solution of the Problem of Obsolete Pesticides in Ukraine" with support by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

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It is known that Vinnitsa oblast has accumulated a record high volume of obsolete pesticides.  As of late 2015, there were 788.719 tons of such pesticides including 656.607 tons in unmanaged storages and unauthorised landfills and 2,100 tons in the specialised landfill for hazardous materials near the village of Dzhurin*.  Detailed information on locations in Vinnitsa oblast where obsolete pesticides are stored can be found on the interactive map created by Kreativ (URL: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z2DL5SvMmskU.kzW82l5mLXRc).

When holding informational and educational events devoted to the Earth Day, Creative sees its task in raising young people awareness of the negative impact of obsolete pesticides on the environment and human health and in drawing the public attention to the problem of contamination of the environment with these substances.

During the period of April 15-29, 2016, almost 300 secondary school students from Zhmerynka raion (Zhmerynka city and Zhykivtsy village), Tyvrivka raion (Sutysky and Strointsi villages), and Kalynivka raion (Kirovka and Hushchentsi villages) participated in subject informational-and-educational events because unused obsolete pesticides still remain on the territory of these locales.

Kreativ representatives conducted seven informational-and-educational meetings to tell about pesticides to children and explained them how pesticides and obsolete pesticides impact the human health, how people can get poisoned by these substances, and how one can identify locations where obsolete pesticides are stored. Secondary school students learnt about the threats posed by obsolete pesticides from a subject video and cartoon titled "Something about Pesticides – 2" which were produced by MAMA-86-Zaporizhya (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjDX537vmJc) under MAMA-86 network project " Raising Awareness, Communication and Capacity-building for the Final Solution of the Problem of Obsolete Pesticides in Ukraine "

At the completion of each meeting, the children could reinforce their knowledge by participating in the game "Obsolete Pesticides in Our Village" during which each student played a role of either domestic animal or local resident and chose a right way to behave him/herself when obsolete pesticides got in the household. Of course, villages were rescued by the main character – the Superman – who told to animals and local residents how they should behave themselves in order to avoid harmful impact of obsolete pesticides and what one should do if he/she is poisoned by obsolete pesticides or other chemicals.

Each event featured the regional contest "The Environment Free of Obsolete Pesticides" (http://vn.ukrcei.org/maintheme/priednuitesya_-_rehionalnii_konkurs_seredovisze_vilne_vid_nepridatnih_pesticidiv.html) which was conducted by Kreativ jointly with Vinnitsa Regional Department of Ecology and Natural Resources in April 2016.

*Note: The specialised landfill for hazardous materials near the village of Dzhurin, Sharhorodsky raion, was developed in 1978. Its area totals 4.2 ha.  Here over 2,000 tons of obsolete and unknown pesticides from Vinnitsa, Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpatska, Lviv, Rivne, Ternopil, and Khmelnytsk oblasts are buried. Most substances are persistent organic pollutants (http://vinnitsaok.com.ua/2015/01/30/195500).

Contact person: Oksana Bondar, Kreativ Director; tel.: (067) 433 10 3

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