Moscow, October 2018. The assembly of non-profit fund "Clean hands, clean rivers", which took place on _th of October, has resulted in a finished event timetable for the year 2019. It includes organization and hosting of at least 10 events in cities of Russia, during which, up to 1 million square meters of coastline will be cleaned of rubbish with the help of volunteers.
The first event took place in September of 2018 in the city of WelikiNovogorod. Currently the timetable of events of the fund "Clean hands, clean rivers" is awaiting the confirmation from the .
According the government of Russia the ecological damage is as high as 6% of the country's GDP, which is about ₽5,5 trillion. Just 10% of the sewage is cleaned according to the ecological standards set by the government, which has a definite effect on the quality of life of the citizens. These are some of the reasons, why pollution of the river banks is considered to be one of the major ecological problems, especially around populated areas.
The ecological, non-profit fund "Clean Hands, clean rivers" was founded in 2018 by graduates of Moscow State University, who are now a part of social responsibility business. The assembly of the fund includes scientists-geographers and social activists. Since the moment of its creation, the fund uses ecological propaganda and attempts to promote the ideas of preservation of river ecosystems and ecological awareness.
One of the main focuses of the "Clean Hands, clean rivers" fund in 2018, was the launch of the ecological festivals. The first one took place in WelikiNovogorod on 15th of September 2018. The festival received support from the city government and regional administration and attracted as much as 10,000 people.
One of the main of the festival was a seminar, made specifically for representatives of local government and active groups of "Innovation in ecological monitoring". Specialists of the fund organized activities for school and college students, during which, they were introduced to modern equipment for water quality diagnostics and attempted their own experiments, when collecting water probes and analysing them.
Another important part of the festival was the voluntary movement for cleaning of the banks of the river Volhv, during which, almost 5 thousand Litres of waste were collected. The main event was a musical festival, which took place close to the river itself. Over 200 different young artists and popular local bands participated in the event.
Oleg Lomakov, director of the non-profit fund "Clean hands, clean rivers", director of "Ecoinstrument": "In the following year, we have up to 10 ecological events, which will take place in different cities of Russia, planned. These will be similar to the one, organized in Weliki Novgorod in September. According to out programme, one of the main goals during the festivals will be further involvement of people and especially youth into protecting the nature in their cities and involvement of the government into a more active ecological monitoring. In my opinion, our fund should make a difference in solving problems, such as preservation of our country's beautiful nature and an overall improvement in life quality for the population."