This blog supports and follows the work of Baikal Environmental Wave, an NGO based in Irkutsk, Siberia. Baikal Wave have been working to save Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest lake in the world, since 1990. See our recent posts for updates on their work.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

In Irkutsk, the event "Lend your hand to the protection of Lake Baikal!" was held to coincide with the International Day of World Heritage

On the 18th of April in Irkutsk, from 14:00 to 17:00 on the Embankment near the monument of to Yuri Gagarin, an exhibition-competition of art called "lend your a hand to the protection of Lake Baikal!" took place, organized by the Baikal Movement. The event was timed to coincide with the UNESCO International Day of World Heritage. The meaning of Šµvent was to show how the large and diverse reservoir of creativity and artistic people in the Irkutsk region can manifest itself in
the protection of such a unique natural phenomenon as Lake Baikal.

Overall, around 30 works were presented at the event, from photos to posters, some dating from as far back as the late 80s. Children and their parents also took part, painting the entire ground by the embankment with various drawings of Baikal, as well as calls to protect the unique natural phenomenon from industrial encroachment, especially from the Baikalsk Pulp and Paper Mill.

On this day, over a hundred locals and guests lent their hands to the defense of Lake Baikal, literally leaving the silhouettes of their palms on the pavement by the enbankment, circled in chalk.

All participants were presented with small gifts in the form of blue ribbons, badges and postcards. The event also gathered signatures addressed the President of Russia and the Director General of UNESCO.

Recall that the main aim of the action is to draw attention to the problem of the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill (BPPM) which, after the acceptance of order no. 1 of the Russian Government on the 13th January 2010, is allowed to dispose of its waste from pulp and paper production directy into the lake, as well as to burn hazardous waste. This is at a time when there is demand for social support of the inhabitants of Baikalsk and the immediate adoption of institutional measures to create new jobs in the form of tourism development.

For more information, please call:
(3952) 52-58-70, 8904-12-00-24-8 - NGO "Baikal Environmental Wave"

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