Today on the occasion of the World Environment Day the photo exhibition “Me and My Corner of Nature” initiated by the World Wide Fund for Nature Armenian branch (WWF Armenia) and UN Armenia was opened in Lovers’Park, Yerevan.
The exhibition includes photos sent by schoolchildren from different regions of Armenia within the educational campaign “Me and my corner of nature”. Children are depicted in the photos in their favorite corners of nature. Photos by WWF Armenia’s environmental specialist Alexander Malkhasyan depicting some endangered species that are included in the Red book of Armenia are also exhibited. On June 7-14, the photos will be exhibited in UN House Armenia.
The main purpose of the educational campaign “Me and my corner of nature” is to raise awareness among children about environmental goals of sustainable development as well as about a number of endangered species in Armenia among which are the Caucasian leopard, Bezoar goat and Armenian mouflon.
The authors of the best three photos will receive symbolic gifts, and certificates will be granted to all participants. In the second phase of the campaign the selected participants are expected to present their proposals addressing an environmental issue in their respective communities. The authors of the best proposals will participate in an environmental field camp in autumn.
This year the theme of World Environment Day is “Connecting People to Nature” and Canada is chosen to serve as host country which will be the center of celebrations. This Day aims to appreciate the beauty and importance of nature acknowledging that we are part of nature and intimately we depend on it.
The environmental objectives are clearly reflected in the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” adopted by UN member states. It includes 17 global goals several of which relate to the environment. The countries have assumed to implement those goals till 2030 in order to have a better world and a safer planet.