The Faculty of Linguistics of IGUMO hosted an international analytics conference titled Topical Issues of Ecology and Climate Change. The participants discussed the world experience in addressing environmental tasks. The event was fully in English.
Students’ reports were based on the analysis of the World Press Clubs Alliance for Climate international online marathon. The event took place on October 23, Earth Day, and lasted one day. Representatives from 100 countries shared their experience in addressing ecological and climate change problems.
IGUMO took part in the large-scale online marathon. In a short video, IGUMO students and lecturers told about the Institute’s environmental initiatives.
As a result of the online marathon, students of the Faculty of Linguistics chose the most interesting reports and prepared presentations about them in English.
Anna Muliukina and Ekaterina Mamaeva told about the climatic anomalies in Alaska. Anna Cherezova and Tatyana Prudnikova touched upon the topic of eco-friendly transport. Karina Smirnova analyzed a report about food losses in South Africa. Daria Frolova researched the activities of a company specialising in processing natural leather fibers from primary leather waste. Karina Zueva studied the experience of local communities in Jamaica in adapting to climate change.
After each presentation, participants took part in a discussion. They compared experiences from different countries and discussed the prospects for positive initiatives in Russia and other countries.
Oksana Kurenya, the Dean of the Faculty of Linguistics, moderated the meeting. She shared her views on the past conference:
“When we study positive experience of different countries and share our observations, we contribute to solving global environmental problems. We also start to transform our thinking and change our habits. As a result, that helps us make our planet a better place.
I am proud of the conference results. The students conducted qualitative analysis of the material and interpreted it impressively. It was interesting to listen to the reports and participate in this event”.
The conference participants also shared their impressions of the event. The students of the Faculty of Linguistics not only enriched their knowledge about the global environmental agenda but also improved their English speaking skills.
“It is important to discuss the topics of ecology and climate change. Together we can come up with a solution that will contribute to the better future of our planet. It was interesting to listen to the participants of the conference, to learn their points of view, and to get new knowledge.
I am happy that there are many organisations addressing environmental problems. For example, the Community of Glengoffe in Jamaica is struggling against long periods of drought. As a result, they manage to reduce soil erosion significantly”.
“It is vital to pay attention to the ecological situation in our world. Many countries still experience a problem of inadequate disposal of rubbish. That results in air pollution, which affects people badly.
The conference touched upon a lot of global issues. I managed to refresh my knowledge about Alaska through the topic of global warming”.
The dialogue on environmental problems and positive initiatives will continue at the student conference titled Eco-Friendly Habits: Guarantee of Sustainable Development. The event will take place in December.
IGUMO and MKIK students will present reports and creative projects dedicated to conscious consumption and respect for nature.
Kristina Danilina, Agency for Relevant Communication students’ business incubator
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov