ATP Joins Partnership for Series of Earth Day 2010 Events in Armenia
YEREVAN--As an official partner of the Earth Day Network, Armenia Tree Project (ATP) is joining with the Young Biologists Association NGO and the Aarhus Ecological Information Center to organize a series of events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
During the month of April, events are being organized in 190 countries to celebrate Earth Day 2010. Armenia is participating in this global initiative with programs to direct public attention to the issues of climate change and nature conservation. Materials to raise public awareness about conservation, green technologies, and green lifestyles will be created to educate the public on the importance of protecting Armenia’s rich biodiversity.
On April 1-14, activists are planning to gather signatures on a petition to promote a “green lifestyle” in Armenia. The goal of this campaign is to make suggestions to the government and to encourage private sector organizations to support a “green lifestyle.” The results of the campaign will be presented at a seminar on “How to Live Green and Stop Climate Change” which will be held on April 15 at Yerevan State University. The program will include reports from scientists, representatives of environmental organizations, and the screening of a film on climate change.
On April 16, ATP will join with partnering organizations including the Earth Day Network, Young Biologists Association, and Aarhus Center to organize a tree planting at St. Sarkis Church in the Nor Nork community of Yerevan. Representatives of national and international organizations and embassies will join with governmental and non-governmental organizations to plant 200 seedlings to show their commitment to the environment, be a part of global Earth Day celebrations, and contribute to the actions taking place all over the world to stop climate change.
On April 19, a discussion titled “The Time to Speak Up” will be held at the Best Western Congress Hotel. The discussion is intended to raise the awareness of climate change among the youth. Climate scientists and environmentalists will discuss the influence of climate change on biodiversity in Armenia.
On April 22, a “Live Green” painting competition will take place in Yerevan Children’s Park (previously Kirov Park). Children up to the age of 12 will participate in the competition and prizes will be awarded for the most creative ideas. Games, performances, and a photo exhibition on Armenian nature will take place during the event.
The Earth Day 2010 Armenia campaign is being organized by Armenia Tree Project, the Armenian Society for the Protection of Birds, the Aarhus Ecological Information Center, the Young Biologists Association NGO, and the YSU Student Scientific Society.
Supporters of the Earth Day 2010 Armenia campaign include the Best Western Congress Hotel, the British Council, the Earth Day Network, and the OSCE Office in Yerevan.
For more information, visit the official Earth Day 2010 Armenia web site at: http://www.earthday.org/campaigns/earth-day-2010-armenia