Ringing camp with ambassador eyes

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“As a person who works in health care, nature conservation stays way far from me, but as a human, I am very interested in wildlife, nature and nature conservation.” – Szeréna Magyari Our ringing camp is on full swing on the coast of the Black Sea. From week to week more and more campers can learn about the life of an ornithologist, about birds and last but not least about climate change. Here’s how our youth ambassadors report about their experiences: The second week of the 2020 season of the Chituc Ringing Camp has been eventful. Even though we were only at the beginning of the migration period, there was already some bird movement proven by the approx. 440 ringed birds. We also tried to spend the hottest hours of the day productively, with netting, bridge construction and handiwork in order to ensure the good condition of the equipment. In addition to work, we also paid attention to professional development. – Gergő Nagy In the camp, it came to my attention that the Milvus Group is participating in the “Game on! Don’t let the climate change end the game” project, financed by the European Union. Thanks to this, in addition to the usual camp activities, the topic of climate change also played a significant role. I learned about the purpose of this initiative and about the importance of reaching out to as many people as possible with the learned information. – Szeréna Magyari   We were able to take part in a workshop led by ornithologist Tamás Papp, the central topic of which was climate change. We have learned about the potential impact of climate change on the daily lives and migration of birds and, last but not least, on our daily lives. We had a joint exchange of views on ways in which we could reduce the pace of climate change. As a result, our common position has been that one of the important steps would be to reduce the use of fossil fuels and to gradually switch to renewable energy sources such as wind farms, solar parks and hydropower. We have, of course, emphasized that it is not possible to switch to “green energy” at once, it would be important to describe and promote phasing in and to ensure the production of really “green energy”. These exchanges came up every day, even if only in the form of a few ideas for afternoon coffee, how it would be worthwhile to build a solar park, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a wind farm, is the energy provided by hydropower plants really “green”, what is the environmental load on battery production, how has energy storage developed over the last 5-10 years and what is the trend for the future. We also ensured the operation of the camp in the light of the use of renewable energy. The operation, rotation, and cleaning of the 6 solar panels installed the previous week provided the right amount of electricity for the smooth operation of the camp, meeting the energy needs of 16 people. We have also been able to deduce from this that there is a solution in part in renewable energy to avoid a climate catastrophe, that our generation can no longer wave at as if it is not knocking on our door. We all agreed on the importance of communication and awareness wherever we go. – Gergő Nagy It has been a pleasure to be a member of a group of youth, who are aware of their daily activities’ impact on climate change, and who are also living an environmentally conscious life for a sustainable future.- Szeréna Magyari Photo: Magyari Szeréna, Lőrincz Csanád Endre, Papp Judith

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