"Tell me and I will forget, show me and I might remember, involve me and I will understand." Confucius captured so brilliantly the essence of practical knowledge and creative expression.
Working with schools and educating children on climate change and carbon footprint, we visited Ukraine, and spent a day outdoors, talking with kids about "getting around":
Why is taking a train better than taking a plane?
Why is bicycle better than a car?
What are dirty emissions and why do they smell so bad?
We helped children answer all these questions by participating in the workshop we set up with the help from a great bunch of volunteers from Odessa.
Working with children is always rewarding - they are fast learners and they find it easy to express their thoughts in a creative way.
Children quickly make connection between "goods" and "wrongs" with regard to the environment, even when they explain it with sentences like: "A bicycle is better than a car because a bicycle does not have yucky smelly gasses".
It is our job as adults to help spread information and raise awareness about the environmental issues. We have to do that in all countries of the world, not just the high developed ones.
In Ukraine, like in most of the Easter Europe, environmental issues may not be something an ordinary person even thinks about, but with our help, and with help of their children, they may start to.
Please take a look at some more photos from the event.