This was the slogan of the Youth Bike Action
organised by Children of the Baltic
with support of Global Greengrants fund (USA) and the Moving
Environmental Conference "Baltic-2000" organised by
with support of the
NGO Secretariat on Acid Rain with The participants of these actions - environmental activists, teachers of environment and students from St.Petersburg, Sosnovy Bor and Lomonosov - started from Sosnovy Bor on 9 July and covered in 10 days the distance over 540 kilometres to the Estonian capital Tallinn. The aims of the action were showing resources of the renewable energy and energy saving; Local Agenda 21 for grown-up and young people in the Finnish Gulf region, promoting the ideas of sustainable development among inhabitants of the Baltic shores.
Last year GW and CB organised a similar
action from Sosnovy Bor via Lomonosov, Primorsk, Vyborg,
Kotka, Porvoo, and Loviisa to Helsinki. That event
resulted in creation of a co-operation network between
environmental organisations of these towns. The movement
of Habitat Values as the Basis for Sustainable Development
grew wider. Children of the Baltic
Green World published a book about Habitat values of the
Russian part of the south shore of the Finnish Gulf
and invite partners on the Russian, Estonian and Finnish
shores of the Gulf to continue this work in co-operation.
This year the Moving Environmental Conference
went along the Russian and Estonian coast the Finnish Gulf
from Sosnovy Bor via Ust-Luga, Kingisepp, Ivan-Gorod, Narva,
Sillamae, Ontika, Purtse, Kunda, Toolse, Palmse, Maardu to
In Sosnovy Bor and Kingisepp the action
participants jointly with NGO "St.Petersburg Supporters of
Greenpeace" hold demonstrations in support of All-Russia
referendum for forbidding import of nuclear wastes to
Russia and for restoration of the State Committee for
Environment and other bodies responsible for nature
protection that were eliminated in Russia in May this year.
Meetings with teachers and leaders of the
youth environmental group during the bike action were the
continuation of the Children of the Baltic
project for developing environmental network around
the Finnish Gulf, started in 1998. In Krakolskaya school
(Ust-Luga), "Center of Young Naturalists" in Kingisepp,
in Narva and Sillamae the action participants met teachers,
youth NGO leaders and local school-children, discussed
joint youth actions on the shores of the Finnish Gulf.
In Narva, Children of the Baltic and
Green World members took an active part
in the international seminar "Agenda 21 for Youth".
The action participants had meetings with
representatives of town administrations of Sosnovy Bor,
Kingisepp, Narva, Sillamae, and Maardu and discussed with
them environmental problems on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
Along the entire route of the Bike Action
and Moving Conference, its participants met local environmental
activists, discussed environmental problems and planned joint
actions on their solution, distributed informational and
methodical materials, in particular, the book
"Habitat Values on he South Shore of the Finnish Gulf"
prepared and published by
and Children of the Baltic, and a coloring book
for children "A Drop and a Spark Teach Us to Save Energy",
methodical book for teachers "Deep Ecology" and broshure
"Safe Energy - It's Possible", prepared and published by
Children of the Baltic with the
support of the
Global Greengrants fund
(USA) specially for this action.
Youth Bike Action Itinerary
The Bike Action participants also used it to
learn more about most important natural, cultural and historical
Values of the shore: nature reserves Kurgalskiy and Kotelskiy,
ancient fortresses in Koporye, Ivan-Gorod, Narva and Toolse,
national park Lahemaa, old estates Sagadi and Palmse, the
largest waterfall of the Finnish Gulf shores on the river
Jagala, the seaside glint and Sea Region and NGO activities
in the field nature protection, environmental education and
Youth Local Agenda 21. Estonian national TV and radio channels
and major newspapers published the press-conference materials.
The participants of the Moving Conference
express their gratitude to friends and partners that helped
them during the action:
Kullike and Arvo Uusaed (Vitality of Estonia);
Peep Mardiste and Maret Merisaar (Friends of the Earth, Estonia);
Andrey Pershin (Centre for NGO Support, Lake Peipsi Project, Narva);
Marina Janssen, Mikhail Kultaev, and Vadim Kirichenko (Centre for Applied Ecology, Sillamae);
Ilya Gorokhov, Igor Malakhov, and Priit Orav (Sillamae Town Administration);
Tatyana Anisimova and Ekaterina Miheeva (Krakolye School, Ust-Luga);
Tamara Chernova (Centre of Young Naturalist, Kingisepp);
Irina Drozdenko (Clean World Foundation, Kingisepp).