• [18 Aug 2016 | Comments: 0 | 1,115]
    Urban Green Areas as Cooling Safeguards

    In March-August 2016 NGO “Green Wave” implemented the project “Management of urban green areas as an element of adaptation to climate change in cities.” The project analyzed the legal framework of creating and managing urban green zones, as well as estimated how to maintain green zones in a sustainable manner to ensure comfortable living of citizens under “heat waves” which nowadays occur in every big Ukrainian city due to climate change.

    How to estimate the effectiveness of green zones in a city to face climate change? The project team used a method of thermal surface mapping of green

    zones with drone and thermal camera in the hot summer period, estimating in parallel leaf CO2 fluxes for 5 Kyiv tree species under extremely …

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  • [15 Jul 2016 | Comments: 0 | 1,067]
    Sustainable Stockholm

    Do you know how any city can be improved at eye level? How to make an ecological city tour? What kind of vegetarian food you can find in Stockholm and what can be done with used coffee after it has been put out from the coffee-machine? Four members of Ecoclub ‘Green Wave’ have explored all these things and many more during the 3-days visit organized by NGO “Global Playground Stockholm” in June 2016.

    Due to financial support of the Olof Palme Memorial Fund (Sweden) both NGOs had a possibility to visit each other for experience exchange, setting up new contacts, and brainstorming the ideas of future common projects.

    Core members of Global Playground Stockholm (Aleh Kliatsko, Stiva Liwiz, and Irina Mikhnovets) have guided …

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Biodiversity, Climate Change, Ecoclub, Environmental Problems

Green Wave’s monthly environmental quiz with prizes!

[4 Feb 2021 | Comments: 0 | 198]

In August 2020, NGO Green Wave launched a series of monthly environmental quizzes on Facebook with support of International Renaissance Foundation. Quiz winners get prizes.

Throughout 3 weeks, Green Wave is posting environmental events of the month (link to previous publications: December, November, August).

A quiz is based on these posts (link to the previous quizzes: November, October, September); also, the book to be given to the quiz winner is announced.

Answers are collected throughout a week. Winners are announced on the organisation’s Facebook page (link to announcements: November, October, September). Following the selection of the winner we contact them and send them the book prize.

We would love …

Business, Climate Change, Ecoclub, Environmental Problems

New milestones of Eco School in 2019/2020

[4 Feb 2021 | Comments: 0 | 98]

Following the successful series of out-of-school classes delivered by Farmak JSC jointly with Green Wave, an online learning platform Eco School was launched in 2019  https://ecoschool.com.ua/

The aim of the project is to unite and develop the environmental activists who belong to the city’s youth community, raise environmental awareness of young people, and promote the resource and energy saving culture.

In 2019 to 2020, more than 1,000 students from various cities, towns and villages all over Ukraine benefited from the online learning platform.

Eco School’s final stage is a content of project applications among schools, where winners get funding from Farmak JSC. The studies are aimed to implement …

Business, Each of Us, Ecoclub, Ecoeconomy

Green Office project

[4 Feb 2021 | Comments: 0 | 176]

In the light of the current challenges presented by the pandemic and the significant economic losses sustained by the Ukrainian business community, the Green Office concept – environmentally conscious corporate culture and resource-effective office management (even when some of the staff members are working remotely) – can become an important tool to support organisations and a solution for the city’s ecosystem. The Green Office practices implemented by the Kyiv business community are described in the 2009 study  UN Global Compact ; however, no progress review has been conducted on systematic basis since then.

In October 2020, we decided to update the study and its findings will …

Climate Change, Ecoclub, Environmental Problems

Together with the Climate Alphabet

[3 Feb 2021 | Comments: 0 | 240]

In spring 2020, Green Wave prepared a study paper: Environmental education for sustainable development on climate change in pre-school, secondary, out-of-school and higher education in Ukraine. Analysis of the current state of environmental and climate education delivered in formal secondary schools of Ukraine provided very pessimistic findings.

Our next step was to actively look for efficient ways to address the issue. We have jointly made a conclusion that solving an issue requires a consistent approach, and started creating such programs from scratch.

Our plans were supported by a grant from International Renaissance Foundation, and the first program was produced in autumn. It is intended …

Climate Change, Community, Ecoclub, Ecological Education, Events, Opinions

Challenges of Climate Change University Education: COP25 Talks

[23 Dec 2019 | Comments: 0 | 132]

This year NGO UEC “Green Wave” at the first time has participated as an official observer at the 25th Conference of Parties (COP25) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Madrid, Spain.

How COP25 participants perceive climate change education for sustainable development? What kind of educational tools and methods are actually used by universities and relevant institutions presented at COP?

Oleksandra Khalaim, head of NGO, tried to raise these and other related questions on site.

Quite a lot of insights were related to climate change university education in USA. It is remarkable, how many US universities and related organizations participated in COP25, bringing big …

Climate Change, Environmental Problems, Events, Technologies

Green areas in cities as cooling safeguards: the research results 2018

[5 Aug 2019 | Comments: 0 | 221]

An urban greening of courtyards in high-rise residential districts is crucial in forming a comfortable living environment for citizens. In this research made in Kyiv (July, August 2018), we estimated an adapting potential of urban green areas towards heat waves that much intensified recently in Ukraine due to climate change.

Under a pre-study, we analyzed visual and thermal satellite images of Kyiv to assess distribution of building density, greening density and surface temperature over residential districts. In hot days of 07/24 – 08/04 we explored thermal characteristics of four selected courtyards of a high-rise building residential zone in Kyiv, which had low building density and different …

Each of Us, Ecoclub, Environmental Problems, Events

Start Small! Environmentally Aware Parenting from “Green Wave”

[24 Jul 2019 | Comments: 0 | 319]

As professional environmental educators with more than 5 years of training experience, we know it for a fact that emotional affinity toward nature is crucial for shaping environmental awareness. Feeling the natural environment and understanding the value of resources at a young age is essential in the era of the global ecological crisis.

Those of our team members who have kids face the traditional challenge – huge spendings of material resources and efforts to buy toys, to find out “how to spend quality time with a kid”, “top 10 games for kids”, “fun outdoor games for kids”, “things to do at home on a rainy day” …

Climate Change, Ecoclub, Environmental Problems, Events

Ecoschool: come to the “green” side!

[13 May 2019 | Comments: 0 | 491]

What is Ecoschool?

In 2018 and 2019, Farmak PJSC and Green Wave jointly launched a series of extracurricular lessons to raise environmental awareness of school students in Kyiv (10 schools in Podilskiy District) and Shostka (10 city schools). The global aim is to replicate the project all over Ukraine. With this purpose, in autumn 2019 we are launching remote learning platform for eco-studies.

The goal of the project is to bring the city’s youth community together and make it an environmental asset, promote environmentally friendly lifestyle among young people, and improve the culture of resource and energy saving.

The training programme consists of 4 sections broken down by topics …

Events

Ukrainian school students presented Climate Drops Contest During Youth and Future Generations Day

[9 Dec 2018 | Comments: 0 | 228]

Armed with innovative Climate Drops mobile application youth is leading pro-climate behaviour change!
On 6 of December 2018 during the opening of the Youth and Future Generations Day at COP24 students from Ukrainian schools presented the results of Climate Drops School contest.

Since April 2018 fifty-five school communities from Ukraine have reduced 363 tonnes of CO2 by doing climate-friendly actions within dedicated school contest, based on the use of Climate Drops mobile application.  The winners of the contest call their counterparts from schools around the Globe to take part in the contest to reduce 1 million tonnes of CO2 by climate-friendly behaviour change.

Climate Drops Mobile App tracks …

Each of Us, Ecoclub, Environmental Problems

Plocka upp: there is clean where we are jogging!

[7 Oct 2018 | Comments: 0 | 169]

In this article we would like to tell about an eco-initiative, which was launched by 61-year-old American comedian Devid Sedaris in Sweden. Once, in the morning he decided to take a bag for garbage with him for a walk, thus starting a world trend. First publications about this unusual activity appeared in Instagram back in Oktober 2016. The term “plogging” itself has roots from Swedish “plokka upp” – picking up and from English jogging accordingly. It has widespread not only in neighboring Germany and Denmark, but was also noticed even in distant countries of Latin America and South Asia.

So what does the idea imply? While …