St Petersburg youth rallies to protect the Baltic Sea

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Government-run youth organisation raises concern over the fate of the environment, uniting youth and activists

The Sea is Worried ecological event took place today on the Field of Mars, the traditional meeting place for city activists. The government-organised event was devoted to the global problem of water resources and, in particular, to the preservation of the nearby Baltic Sea. The event was organised by the Perspektiva Association of Adolescent-Youth Clubs from St Petersburg’s Central District.

Participants were invited to take part in different activities and games, mostly about the conservation of the environment. Activities included fishing games, drawing, and—for the youngest—classes on how to make paper boats. Games were integrated with informative material about how to properly consume tap water and other natural resources. On a small stage, members of the organising youth association sang songs about the environment for the audience.

Perspektiva is a governmental organisation that regularly offers free classes of singing, dancing, and sport for youngsters in the Central District of St Petersburg.

“The aim of The Sea is Worried event is to draw attention to problems related to water conservation and show that there are several youth clubs in the city where youngsters are involved in useful activities,” explains Irina, the deputy director of Perspektiva.

Other activities at the event, such as table hockey, gymnastics, and weightlifting, aimed to promote a healthy lifestyle among young generations. “Educated and healthy people will be more respectful of the environment,” Irina points out.

Before leaving, all of the participants were invited to write a personal note addressed to future generations about how to preserve our environment. All the notes were collected and will be displayed on the organisation website.

“The Baltic Sea is an integral part of our region, like the Bronze Horseman or Palace Square. We cannot live without the Baltic Sea,” said Tatyana, 34, a participant at the event.

Another participant, Mikhail, 27, came to the event out of patriotic feelings. “I am very concerned about the Russian ecosystem. The Baltic Sea is our water and our land; it is a part of Russia,” he said.

The Sea is Worried event occurred in the run-up to Baltic Sea Day, a celebration that happens in St Petersburg on 22 March of every year. The date coincides with the anniversaries of two other important events dedicated to the preservation of freshwater resources: The World Day for Water and the signing of the Helsinki Convention. While the former is dedicated to water resources on a global scale, the Helsinki Convention—signed in 1974— is aimed at protecting the maritime environment of the Baltic Sea. As every year since 2002, St Petersburg will host the International Ecological Forum on 22–23, March, dedicated to tackling the major problems threatening the ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.

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