Russia: Together with the whole world!

From 14 – 22 October 2017, Russia hosted the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS). As a representative of “Let’s Do It! World” in Russia, I was lucky to be one of 30 000 participants from 185 countries. I met our good Russian partners and was happy to find new friends, along with an ambassador for the World Cleanup Day in Russia.

WFYS was a unique event, where young people from around the world gathered to develop a vision for our planet’s future. The main festival  events took place in Sochi Olympic Park, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The 2017 Festival marks the seventieth anniversary of the event, which was first held in Prague in 1947.

I spent a week in a Media Centre as a speaker in the ecological thematic area. I was invited by the green movement of Russia – EKA – our good partner and co-organizer of the World Cleanup 2012 and World Cleanup Day 2018, to share our story and goals for the activists from many countries. As a representative of LDIW in Russia I initially targeted the Russian audience, then was glad to get interesting questions from many activists, including those from African countries.

On October 20, we held an effective brainstorming session.  As one result, the brightest Russian minds decided to promote The World Cleanup Day as an educational project and start a special 6-month-marathon, which would culminate on 15.09.2018. The author of this idea, Roman Sablin, is the first and most famous eco-coach in Russia. His personal goal is to unite 5% of his country by promoting an eco-friendly mindset and behavior. Roman is happy to be a World Cleanup Day ambassador in Russia and we are happy to get his energy, competence and loooong table with contacts!

Many local leaders in the regions have already started to prepare for the Day of Homo Sapiens (Latin: “wise man”). We are hoping to name an overall leader in the not-too-distant future.

Tatjana Lavrova
Representative of LDIW in Russia