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Russia's largest educational project for schoolchildren and teachers on climate change, clean energy and the environment, on simple measures of energy conservation, energy efficiency and saving of resources

SPARE-2020: project results from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok

On November 27 the annual final all-Russian SPARE conference took place in online formate as part of the large climate conference of the Russian Socio-Ecological Union.

Coordinators from different regions of Russia from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok shared their experience of work during 2020. Despite the pandemic, SPARE continues to develop, and the project participants are making new progress.

The main SPARE event is the All-Russian competition of school projects "Energy and Environment". In the 2019-2020 academic year, 45 works from 10 regions of Russia participated in the All-Russian stage of competition. These are works on energy conservation and resource conservation, waste management, school climate plans, school projects, and pedagogical projects.

The second general SPARE event is Energy Saving Day on November 11. This holiday, invented by the participants of the international project SPARE in 2008, is celebrated annually in educational and other public institutions. 

The SPARE coordinators are involved in finalizing of a new manual on school climate plan creation. The idea to encourage schools to create climate plans appeared 4 years ago. Then for the first time the nomination "School Climate Plan" was introduced in the competition "Energy and Habitat". Schools from different regions are trying to introduce resource and energy saving measures through climate plans to reduce the impact on the climate. 

The exhibition on plastic and microplastics created by Friends of the Baltic NGO in St. Petersburg is being distributed to the regions. Coordinators in Arkhangelsk, Irkutsk, and Kaliningrad applied it's ideas to create their own exhibitions and excursions.

Development of SPARE in Kaliningrad, says coordinator Dmitry Filippenko:

"In 2020, Kaliningrad schoolchildren and teachers took part in the regional and All-Russian competition "Energy and Environment", presenting interesting research. 

In the spring and summer of 2020, as part of the SPARE program, a creative project was implemented - an unusual information stand with reminders in the form of cubes was installed on the city beach. The project on the theme of preserving the Baltic Sea, the problem of marine debris and microplastics was implemented to attract the attention of residents and guests of Baltiysk to the problem of sea pollution.

From November 9 to 15, 2020, educational institutions of the Kaliningrad Region held events within the framework of the week of resource conservation. The number of participants exceeded 12 thousand, including children and teachers from 67 schools and kindergartens. In 2020, the main focus of events was aimed at separate waste collection and its promotion at the local community level. The end of the week of resource saving was the holding of the city festival "My Eco-yard" on the separate collection of recyclable materials, organized jointly by the environmental movement "Green Planet" together with partner organizations.»

In St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region, both offline and online events of the project were held. The conference of participants of the regional stage of the competition "Energy and Environment" on March 12 gathered active schoolchildren who presented their projects. In September, after a long period of self-isolation, a large full-time seminar was held, which was attended by many new teachers who are now working on their projects. Participants of the SPARE project also presented their research at the conference of schoolchildren "Ecological monitoring of rivers and the Gulf of Finland and the state of the environment". SPARE is aimed not only at teachers, but also at environmental education of residents in general - "Friends of the Baltic" conducted a tour "Green Route" for residents of the city, where they talked about ways to handle waste and save energy.

In the Arkhangelsk region, within the framework of the SPARE project, a series of videos was created dedicated to solutions that reduce the ecological footprint, increase energy efficiency, and contribute to adaptation to climate change while living in te village. All videos were shot in the Ustyansky district of the Arkhangelsk region and are available on the channel.

In Petrozavodsk (Karelia), continues work with active SPARE schools. Lomonosov Gymnasium is the most active of them, annually participates in the All-Russian stage of the competition "Energy and Environment". 

Within the framework of SPARE, information materials on energy conservation and nature-oriented solutions to combat climate change were prepared by Karelian Republican Council of the All-Russian Society for Nature Protection. Through the library network of the city of Petrozavodsk was organized online lectures. A working meeting was held with the Chairman of the Association of Municipalities of the Republic of Karelia on the climate activities of municipalities. The International Day of Energy Saving and many other events were held in Petrozavodsk.

SPIRE is actively developing in the Volga Federal District. Elena Kolpakova, coordinator of SPIRE in the Volga Federal District, says: "The competition" Energy and Environment " gathered 13 projects from the Nizhny Novgorod region, the Republic of Mordovia and Rostov region. Traditionally, together with the Committee on Ecology and Nature Management of the Legislative Assembly of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, the final meeting of the contest participants was held, this year for the first time online. Participants were awarded prizes and diplomas.

For the first time, SPARE-activists took part in the May Children's and Youth Assembly, where they presented 12 best competitive projects, which caused a long lively discussion of young eco-activists.

The work on creation of eco-park was continued: solar powered lights appeared in the camp, new plants in the Apothecary garden appeared as well as containers for separate waste collection. The camp is now allowed to move only by Bicycle.

Energy saving days were held in the Nizhny Novgorod region for three weeks, more than 60 schools took part in them in different formats (classes, "live" actions to clean up the forest with separate garbage collection). Especially for these days we have prepared an Internet project "Energy-saving Marathon", which was joined by 48 environmental teams. The results of the work were posted on the website. We did not expect that the Internet project will cause such a spirit of competition and excitement, such wonderful work and gratitude from children and parents.

New schools and new districts are coming to the competition "Energy and Environment.»

Says the coordinator of SPARE for the Central Federal District, Zhirina Lyudmila: "For conducting classes in remote summer camps, an electronic version of the book "Don't create garbage!" has been developed with training sessions for children 4-10 years old. In June, 12 classes were held for schoolchildren aged 7-12 in six summer camps in the Bryansk region. In July, an Interregional Campaign was held: "Let's save our pond!" in six summer school camps in the Bryansk, Moscow, Yaroslavl, and Voronezh regions that worked offline. In the summer of 2020, more than 35 schools, colleges and rural Cultural Centers of the Moscow, Bryansk and Yaroslavl regions took an active part in the new Climate program "From Theory to Practice". In August and September, on the basis of our Center "Yuryevskoe" in the Yaroslavl region, three two-week shifts of training for SPARE students of Waldorf schools were held. Schoolchildren aged 7-16 participated at SPARE Festival.»

Eugeniy Vyazov, coordinator of SPARE in KHMAO: The regional stage of the All-Russian competition of school projects on energy saving and energy efficiency "Energy and Environment" was held in the Khanty - Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug-Ugra, in which 19 works took part. 

Schools of the Autonomous Okrug actively participate in the month of energy saving in Ugra, organizing and conducting lessons and class hours on the topic of the month, telling children about the interaction of energy and climate change on the planet.

In November 2020, under the terms of the International simulation role-playing Game "Global Question", participants were offered cases on energy saving and energy efficiency. 68 teams from 3 countries - Russia, Belarus and Armenia-took part in the game."

The situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many plans to be replayed. However, the Ural participants of SPARE managed to hold a number of environmental events in the open air. About a thousand schoolchildren, teachers, parents and student volunteers from 24 settlements of the Sverdlovsk region organized and took part in dozens of environmental events of various formats. For example, traditional clean up campaigns were diversified with competitions, picnics, educational conversations, games, online quizzes and virtual excursions. On the International Day of Energy Saving, a series of online, remote and hybrid events dedicated to promoting energy efficiency was held. 

"I am glad that the pandemic was not able to destroy the plans of the Ural eco - activists," says Olga Podosenova, coordinator of the SPARE project in the Ural region. – It turned out that it was possible to combine business with pleasure – outdoor recreation and educational activities. Today's schoolchildren and students are inspired to join the discussion of climate change, energy efficiency, waste management, because they understand that each of us has the most direct impact on the environment, and if nothing is changed, the situation will become catastrophic."

Coordinator Lyudmila Koshkareva tells about the success of SPARE in the Siberian Federal District: "Strive for zero waste!". This is the name of the interactive exhibition, which was developed by a child-adult team of two institutions of additional education in the Irkutsk region within the framework of the international SPARE program. It is especially actively visited during the Days of environmental actions and the number of visitors on such days exceeds 100 people.

On the International Day of Energy Saving, up to 60% of new educational organizations, mainly preschool and basic general education institutions, were included. These are new members of the SPARE program who want to be informed on the topic of climate change and more actively include measures for resource and energy conservation in kindergarten, school and at home.

The results of the survey on SDG 13-combating climate change among educational institutions of the Irkutsk region showed that the topic of climate change is in the constant focus of attention of colleagues.

To get acquainted with the Sustainable Development Goals, work has begun on the SDG calendar " Dream of the Future. SDG -2030". The artist-Gizatullina Maria tried to make the illustrations understandable for children, so that they could look at the subjects and understand what goals such SDGs as SDGS 7, 12 or 13 are aimed at.The image will remain in the memory and will influence thinking and nature-friendly behavior.»

SPARE Coordinator in the Far Eastern Federal District Galina Chan says: "In the Far Eastern Federal District, the SPARE project continues to cooperate with the largest Far Eastern publishing house "Dalpress". Our cooperation began in 2009. Then for the first time pocket calendars for 2010 with drawings of participants of the open regional competition of school projects on energy efficiency "Energy and Environment" were printed. Since then, every year "Dalpress", showing social activity, places drawings of contest participants on pocket calendars. Calendars are printed in editions from 500 to 5000 copies. Calendars are distributed to students and teachers. For the International Day of Energy Saving 2020, an exhibition has been arranged in the Winter Garden of the Palace of Children's Creativity in Vladivostok, which presents all the calendars released over 11 years. Every day, children who attend clubs in the Palace of Children's Creativity and their parents get acquainted with the exhibition.



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