23 August 2021

Everyone has a role in making the world a better place

David Kavkasyan and Daniela Halebyan live in Yerevan. David shoots videos professionally, while Daniela wants to become a TV presenter. They joined forces to participate in the green living challenge announced by UNICEF, the Austrian Development Agency, and the Ministry of Environment of Armenia. Together, David and Daniela produced several videos…, “Listening to people is important to understand the obstacles behind the problem.”, Daniela: The idea behind the videos was to shoot both people who sort waste and those who do not. We listened to both sides to show how to sort, why to sort, and what are the main obstacles holding people back from sorting. Once we shared these videos, I think people got the idea and came to their own conclusion why it’s important and what needs…, “People’s minds should be changed.”, Daniela: Many people are truly not aware of or do not realise how climate change affects their lives. I think this should be taught at school. When people learn what challenges we face and what are the main steps we can take to prevent upcoming disasters, we will all be more alert and motivated to act. This initiative allowed me to learn about…, “Young people need to act to draw the attention of the public and the state to this issue.”, David: I have noticed that I’ve started to pay attention to many things lately. When I walk outside, I notice how dirty the streets and pavements are; this is the saddest thing. You realise that you do not want to be a part of this pollution. If there is no trash can nearby, I usually keep the small waste with me to throw it into a bin when I…, “Systemic solutions will unite people; they will understand their role and will review their actions.”, David: Of course, I know that when we ride a bike, we reduce air pollution. In practice, however, it often doesn't work just because our city is not adapted to cycling. Riding a bicycle is like attempting suicide in Yerevan. Our city is overloaded, it is not designed for so many cars and these cars emit hazardous gases that are not controlled and…, “People must recognise the danger of overconsuming water.”, David: Why should my mum have to overpay for water if I don’t turn off the tap while brushing my teeth? In general, saving water is a huge problem. Water is a very expensive resource nowadays. I have heard that it is possible to save about 200 litres of water simply by switching off the tap while brushing your teeth. I also filmed at Lake Sevan…, “Everyone can play a role in making the world a better place.”, David: I'm worried about the uncertainty about this issue that exists in the world today. I cannot imagine, for example, how my child will live on planet Earth. I do not know how I will live. Positive changes can grow exponentially if, through some actions, many habits become "contagious" in society. If some bloggers start sorting waste and tell…