The Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) “Viitorul” informed the citizens from Calarasi district about global action “Earth Hour”, which traditionally takes place on the last Saturday of March. At the event participated a group of almost 60 students and teachers, from educational institutions from the district. They were asked to turn off the light and unplug everything on Saturday, 27 March, from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
The event, which aims to raise the awareness of electricity users about the problem of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere when producing electricity, was conducted online as a part of the project “Promoting energy efficiency in Călărași”, financed by the European Union between August 2020 – 2021.
The director of IDIS "Viitorul", Liubomir Chiriac, said that today the climate changed more and more presses, the environment was affected by human actions and that were needed urgent solutions to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Also, he mentioned that promoting the "Earth Hour" action to friends, colleagues, family, relatives will educate new attitude towards environmental issues, on which depends the future of the Earth.
The project manager, Carolina Ungureanu, prepared for the participants several informative materials with unknown things about Planet Earth, the history of the "Earth Hour" action, etc. The participants were told that it was time for them all to take action, and that saving the Earth could start with small things, such as the use of electricity only for the strictly necessary as it is the biggest polluting factor.
The director of the Theoretical High School "Mihail Sadoveanu" from Calarasi town, Valeriu Gorincioi, urged the teachers, students and all employees of educational institutions to have on March 27, and not only, an hour without electricity to be closer to the environment, to nature, to the Earth.
Geography teacher, Alina Dima, said that at lessons the students were informed about global action and they were advised to suggest others to participate in improving the state of the environment because today humanity is facing two major crises: the crisis caused by the new type of coronavirus and the crisis caused by the climate changes. Also, she said that is needed to realize that the fight for the Earth must be taken every day and that this is not a game. "If we look at how climate changes affecting us, pandemics will increase", the teacher said.
Roxana Olaru, who is a student suggested to series fans to postpone watching for a later hour on Saturday, March 27, and to think about the environment. "The future of the planet is more important. The series is a pleasure of the moment, and the health of the Planet is an assured future for many generations ", said the student.
"Certainly, one hour a day does not solve anything, but if we get involved more and more in several days, our planet will certainly look different," said student Andreea Moraru.
IDIS ”Viitorul” developed and distributed at the level of public institutions from Călărași district a poster, an infographic, and an informative note with the main elements of the action “Earth Hour 2021”, urging them to disseminate the information to as many citizens as possible asking them to join the environmental movement and support the Earth. The materials were placed on the official page of IDIS "Viitorul" and on Facebook, to inform readers about the global action urging them to join.
The Institute for Development and Social Initiatives ”Viitorul” is a beneficiary of the Local Grants Program of the European Union (EU) and implements the project "Promoting Energy Efficiency in Călărași district".
The Local Grants Program of the European Union (EU) is launched based on the Single Support Framework of the European Union (EU), granted for the Republic of Moldova (2017-2020) under the European Neighborhood Instrument, through the project "Empowering citizens in the Republic of Moldova" (2019-2021), funded by the European Union and implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ Moldova).
In the Center Development Region, the project implementation partners are the Association for Efficient and Responsible Governance AGER and AO "HABITAT".