The program of SunChild International Environmental Festival 2016 is rich and symbolic as it marks the 10th anniversary of partnership between SunChild Eco Clubs and FPWC-VivaCell-MTS. This year the festival also features a new project – the Green Mobility.
Each year the festival strives to address important environmental issues. The festival program includes screenings of wildlife and environmental films from all over the world, workshops, exhibitions, media campaigns and other events designed to raise awareness about the growing global challenge of nature conservation.
This year the festival will feature 38 films from around the world in competition and non-competition programs.
“For 10 years now we join efforts in striving to shape environmental way of thinking and culture especially among the younger generation. Merciless, consumerist attitude and carelessness is the boomerang thrown at the humanity, which may one day return as a disaster. To avoid it, we should first shun making the deliberate mistake of destroying the nature, polluting it and creating an atmosphere of indifference. We manage to achieve our goals step by step by events like this. I am confident the younger generation is more committed in this matter,” said VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian.
” In partnering with FPWC, the United States Forest Service brings the same approach to Armenia by sharing their experience on conservation education, and supporting FPWC in building a next generation constituency who will understand and care about the conservation of Armenia’s natural and cultural values.
This support for environmental education is a consistent focus of the United States Government; in particular a priority for Secretary Kerry. In previous years, the U.S. Embassy has also supported environmental education and outreach. To broaden public knowledge about environmental issues and nature protection on Earth Day, the Embassy provided funding for a mini-bus that served as a rolling “Green Generation” library. A Democracy Commission grant supported two towns, Garni and Urtsadzor, in offering youth the opportunity to gain hands-on nature experience and learn about Armenia’s environment.
The United States Agency for International Development, through various projects, supported environmental awareness and education in Armenia, and worked in partnership with FPWC to improve water access in different regions in Armenia” said USAID – Armenia Environment Officer, Ruby Shamayleh.
The grand opening ceremony of the SunChild 6-th International Environmental Festival will take place on November 11, 18:00, in “Moscow” Cinema Blue Hall.
Before the opening ceremony, the French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s exhibition titled “Sustainable development: why?” will be presented at 17:00 in the Moscow Cinema 2-nd floor lobby.
The festival’s opening ceremony will be followed by the exclusive screening of “Racing Extinction”, a film from the Oscar-winner director of “The Cove” Louie Psihoyo.
Film screenings and discussions, exhibitions and workshops will be held in AEON, Mass Media Center, AGBU, TUMO, Alliance Française, Article 3 Club, Ilik Handmade crafts store and cafe.
The festival has been organized owing to the support of FPWC General Partner VivaCell-MTS.
Admission to the events is free.