25 March 2024

Youth of Kazakhstan Offer Innovative Solutions to Environmental Problems

‘Ecothon’ participants included children and youth from Karaganda, Temirtau, and Almaty interested in improving their cities by contributing to climate change, environmental protection, and eco-friendly lifestyle efforts. During the ecothons, experts on climate change, pollution, and ecology shared their knowledge with participants and discussed…, Teams in Karaganda and Temirtau:, Project Name: Janaru, Team Name: Spirit Based on a study identifying Karaganda’s districts with the most plastic pollution, the participants created Kazakhstan’s first domestic reverse vending machine (an automatic machine for accepting plastic bottles and tin cans). This machine aims to address problems associated with the city’s low level of recyclable garbage…, Project Name: DáriBer, Team Name: DáriBer The participants found out that many Kazakhs dispose of expired medicines by pouring them into sewers or throwing them away with general waste, which can lead to water and soil contamination, poisoning, and antibiotic resistance. The team's solution aims to prevent environmental pollution by installing containers to collect…, Project Name: Saving Water, Team Name: Eco-patrols These participants were concerned that Kazakhstan is a "water-dependent" country because only 2.6 per cent of the country's territory is covered with water. In addition, residents are not yet accustomed to preventing drinking water waste. This team proposed watering schoolyard plants with rain and snow-melt water collected…, Project Name: Eco-Challenge, Team Name: Grennovate This team developed an interactive ‘Eco-Monopoly’ game aimed at promoting environmental literacy and eco-responsibility among the population. The board game also aims to encourage children and adults to jointly learn ecological–lifestyle principles., Project Name: Ecotolqyn, Team Name: Aruaq This team’s project aimed at combating environmental indifference and high single-use plastic levels among Karaganda residents by launching an intensive challenge for students in four schools. Using both social media and in-person activities, these challenges aim to raise students’ interest in and awareness of environmental issues…, Project Name: Accumulation of Household Waste in Cities, Team Name: Eco Generation This team addressed the importance of instilling ecological thinking in children from an early age by teaching them how to properly handle and sort household waste through various trainings, workshops, and ‘darmarkas’ (platform for the free exchange of things). They also proposed creating eco-shoppers and exchanging them…, Teams in Almaty:, Project Name: EndEmic, Team Name: Ficus This team proposed creating micro-reserves in Almaty’s schools in response to the city’s loss of biodiversity and lack of green spaces, often leading to increased air pollution and limited hands-on ecological educational opportunities., Project Name: Taza Oylar, Team Name: Taza Oylar This team aims to reduce the amount of waste produced by one school in Almaty by installing paper and plastic recycling bins as well as engaging and educating school children about the importance of recycling., Team Name: EcoGuardians, Project Name: EcoGuardians These team members are calling for a reduction in the consumption of natural resources to allow our planet to better replenish itself for future generations. This team’s project aims to increase eco-responsibility among the younger generation who will be tasked with protecting nature and improving the environment.…, Project Name: EcoDos, Team Name: FloraFuture The team proposes creating an online platform where one can earn points through recycling and other environmental achievements. The team proposes that this social platform will encourage community members to share their experiences and ideas and eventually create an environmental movement to raise public awareness. The…, Project Name: Kókjiek, Team name: Japýraq This team was concerned about the harmful impact Almay’s poor air quality is having on children’s health. They proposed creating a training kit allowing students to assemble sensors to regularly measure air quality, which also promotes a STEAM-based approach to education., Project Name: WeCycle Project, Team Name: Team At Once This team proposed creating a website called ‘WeCycle’ to raise awareness about the environmental efforts already taking place in their city. ‘WeCycle’ would be used to promote and support local environmental initiatives and stores that sell eco-friendly products.