02 December 2021

How volunteers power Ukrainian city’s recycling revolution

Bohdana Rushchak, 21, is something of a recycling expert. She knows precisely which materials can be composted, which plastics can be recycled and how to give a new life to old cardboard. The young student also teaches locals in Drohobych, Lviv, how to do the same at the city’s new waste sorting station. What is more, as a volunteer, Bohdana does…, “We give things a second life”, Bohdana is busy sorting through the piles of bottles, cardboard, tin and glass that locals have brought into the sorting station, known as Dro.Eco.Logical. “The main thing is that the garbage they bring us should be clean, dry and flattened,” she says. Over the past year, Bohdana has become heavily involved with various environmental initiatives…, “You can do a good deed from home”, Bohdana knows the power of social media, which is why she recently hired a team of volunteers to help run the station’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. “I saw a lot of people coming to us at the station who said: “I saw you on Facebook and decided to come and see. Tell me what you have here,” she says. Until recently, she had struggled to run the…, “Volunteering is developing in small cities”, Bohdana says that the response proves not only how important the environment is to young people in Ukraine, but also how popular volunteering is. “Many young people are now joining the volunteer movement,” she says. “Volunteering is developing in small cities. I see how – thanks to the Platform – telephone volunteering is developing. And this is…
12 November 2021

Young Ukrainians are uniting to fight climate crisis

What connects the weeds that grow in Lviv and the Amazon rainforest? What do a Kyiv train ticket and the world’s ozone layer have in common? And how does a handbag made in Ukraine affect the world’s oceans? The connection isn’t just climate change. It is the ground-breaking efforts being made by young people around the world to combat this…, UNICEF inspires young green movement, Nina Rubakha, a 24-year-old student from Ukraine’s Volyn region, has been personally affected by the global climate crisis . Last year, drought turned the top layer of her home town’s soil into a dry cracked crust. A storm then lifted it into the air, creating thick dust clouds.  image UNICEF Nina’s grandmother, who had to clean the dirt from the…, Young people announce climate code red, Anastasia Bushovska, 24, another Ukrainian participant in COP26, has been calling for urgent changes to prevent global temperature rise . image “COP26 in Glasgow is another step towards preventing the rise of the temperature up to at least 2 degrees Celsius,” she says. “Or at 1.5 degrees, if we manage to. Because preventing the rise in temperature…, A Ukraine without coal, Ukraine committing to abandoning the use of coal in state-owned thermal power plants by 2035 was the highlight of COP26 for the young Ukrainian delegation. Fossil fuel combustion is one of the main causes of climate change and global warming.  “This is an incredible development both for the entire country and for me personally, because I am…