A change in social and individual consciousness towards a more humane attitude to nature is an important condition for ensuring a careful attitude to nature and the formation of the moral foundations of environmental consciousness of citizens. This requires coordination not only of the state, but also of all public institutions. Religious organizations can play a role in this regard. Although each denomination offers its own vision and understanding of environmental issues, in the main points they are one.
The information day «Religious organizations for the ecological education» was held in Lida on Feb, 28 with the participation of representatives of Christian and Jewish faiths of the Lida region and became a platform for discussing the possibilities of introducing environmental education and upbringing religious organizations with the younger generation.
Welcoming speeches were delivered by the Deputy Head of the Department of Analytical Work, Science and Information of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Republic of Belarus E.M. Meleshkova and Project Manager of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Belarus Thomas Stravinskas.
More than 100 participants, including representatives of the Orthodox, Catholic and Jewish churches, Sunday school students, representatives of local authorities and the education sector, environmental organizations and initiatives of the Grodno region and the city of Minsk, discussed existing developments and ideas in environmental education with potential partners and were able to agree on cooperation.
The event was held as part of the project “Civic engagement in environmental monitoring and improving environmental management at the local level ”, funded by the European Union and implemented by the UN Development Program in Belarus in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus