Events & Comments


Russian and Western media spread the news of Russia’s losses from permafrost thawing, the multi-billion dollar scale of which was let known by Alexander Krutikov, deputy head of the Ministry for Development of Russian Far East. According to members of public environmental organizations, in order to reduce losses, the Russian Federation should adopt a strategy for adaptation to climate change as soon as possible.

On November 6, Peterhof (St. Petersburg) hosted a meeting of SPARE-Russian regional coordinators at the All-Russian conference “Climate, Energy and Resources - Solutions for the Future” The coordinators shared the successes and challenges of the project in their regions and discussed the development plan for the School project on Application of Resource and Energy in the coming years.

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Ural activists decided to take up waste management; an environmental festival was held; an essay competition was announced and "clean games" were held.

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Absolutely all inhabitants of the Earth directly or indirectly depend on the ocean and the cryosphere. Due to climate change, sea levels rise, oceans become warmer, lose oxygen and become more acidic; glaciers and permafrost melt. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published a Special Report on the Oceans.

A wave of climate actions embracing more than 6 million people in the world was intended for the leaders gathered at the Climate Action Summit in New York. Activist Greta Tunberg delivered a passionate call to action. During the event, Russia announced the ratification of the Paris Agreement. 

At the G7 Summit, UN Secretary General António Guterres announced an extreme climate situation. Specialists of the Climate Secretariat of the Russian Social and Ecological Union believe that it is high time for Russia, which is subject to climate change more than other regions, to take more decisive measures to implement the Paris Agreement.

“The fuel and energy complex and its transformations can give impetus to development and growth by getting off the ground the enormous potential of energy conservation ... we need a decisive economic and energy industry policy to adapt the country to the transition in power economy,” the Energy Center of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo and the Institute for Energy Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (INEI RAS) issued the “Global and Russian Energy Outlook 2019.” The Russian Social and Ecological Union emphasizes the key importance of decarbonizing the economy for a sustainable future for Russia.

 Climate agitation train “traveled” through the “stations” of the Summer Creative Workshop Center “Logos” of the North Urals Department of the Russian School Movement. "The Climate is changing - than concern you": the students understood the climate change problem and decided how to reduce the carbon footprint.

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On June 21, the Climate Secretariat of the RSEU held a webinar for members of the RSEU - coordinators of SPARE (School project on application of resources and energy) on the development of climate plans at the local level. Coordinators of SPARE from St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region, Arkhangelsk, Kaliningrad, Ural Federal District, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Ugra, Nizhny Novgorod, Bryansk, Irkutsk, Vladivostok took part in the webinar.

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The “waste reform” has been a resonance topic for several months. “The reform should result not with tariff increase but a real solution to the problem of uncontrolled waste generation,” say representatives of environmental NGOs.

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