The first results of the EU Climate Leadership project were discussed at the International Conference on European values

Sumy National Agrarian University co-organized the conference “Value-oriented sustainable development: EU lessons for Ukraine”, which took place on May 18-20 and was a partnership event of the European Council initiative “EU Green Week 2021”.

Olena Melnyk – The coordinator of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Chair team “EU Climate Leadership” took part in the International scientific-practical conference “Value-oriented sustainable development: EU lessons for Ukraine”, where she shared the first results of the project. Today, Ukrainian society is ready to learn from the experience of European countries and educate new climate leaders. One of the flagships of this process was Sumy National Agrarian University, where the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Chair project “EU Climate Leadership” 620031-EPP-1-2020-1-UA-EPPJMO-CHAIR has been implemented since September 2020. In half a year of work, the project team, consisting of leading scientists from the university and members of the public, already has something to be proud of. A number of events were held, which covered hundreds of people from different parts of Ukraine – a bicycle quest, the Winter Academy of Climate Leadership, and two training courses for students and young scientists. Team members spoke at international forums and conferences.

Natalia Yaroshenko, a post-graduate student of the Department of Ecology and Botany, and Iryna Vaskina, a senior lecturer at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Technologies of Sumy State University, the head of the NGO Ecotope, spoke at the plenary session with reports on environmental education as a component of sustainable society and climate education.

The specialized session “The potential of the European Green Agreement on overcoming climate challenges”, our scientists considered how climate change affects human health, human rights in the world, economic development, etc. Thus, Olena Melnyk focused on the path taken by the European Union from the UN Framework Convention to the Green Course. Iryna Vaskina spoke about the practical aspects of climate education. And Roman and Svitlana Yaroshchuk devoted their report to the development of green tourism as one of the methods of preserving the species diversity of flora and fauna.