December 23, 2018
For the first time in the world, a unique event took place in Kyiv. The whole families of green Eco Santas and Eco Snow Maidens from different parts of the country came to the capital to show their will and a great desire to save coniferous forests from pre-New Year felling, revive them, increase and introduce new nature-saving New Year traditions.
According to statistics, 5 million conifers are cut down annually for the New Year holidays in Ukraine alone. A third of them are not sold and already on January, 1 becomes garbage at the Christmas markets of the country. Then they start to be joined by the “expired” trees thrown out of the apartments along with other garbage. The annual Eco Santa Parade is designed to change this unreasonable tradition, soulless to nature, forests, and its descendants.
In 2018 more than 100 people came to participate in the Parade in Kyiv. Each participant registered was presented with seedlings of blue spruce and cedar in pots by the organizers. With LIVE trees in their hands, Eco Santas and green Snow Maidens of Ukraine marched along the central street of the capital to the Mariyins’kyi Park in a carnival procession, where a holiday concert took place on the open stage with new nature-saving New Year’s songs, poems, proverbs, stories performed.
In total, about 1,700 people actively showed their will and desire to revive the rich forests of the planet along with the New Year holidays, to celebrate the New Year ecologically, enhancing living beauty, taking care of the purity of the Mother-Earth and improving the overall living environment.
And on December 22, the celebratory Parade took place in Kyiv. The whole families of green Santa Clauses and Eco-Snow Maidens from Kiyv, Tchernivtsi, Malyn, Mykolayiv, Izmayil, Dolyna (Ivano-Frankivs’k region), Zhytomyr, Tchernihiv, Brovary, Luts’k, Kalush, from Ivano-Frankivs’k, Tcherkassy, Tchernihiv and Kyiv regions, Moscow and Antalya came to participate! Nine settlements of patrimonies and individual patrimonies of Ukraine in which families lovingly grow thousands of trees each on their own hectare of land throughout the country, were represented by the participants of the green Parade!
70 growing Christmas trees in pots were presented to the participants of the Parade and presented by Eco Santas to happy passers-by. A whole New Year’s forest will grow out of them and every year it will remind its happy owners of a good holiday and a significant event that took place on December 22, 2019 in Kyiv.
Thanks to all these active actions, the Eco Santa Parade 2019got into the Ukrainian Book of Records, which we congratulate all of us and Ukraine as a whole with! Let our country begin a worldwide wave of environmentally friendly celebration of the New Year, where now, instead of felled trees, live GROWING conifers will become the main attribute of the holiday. May from now on, in honor of each coming year, new trees be planted around the world! May common rich forests – the “lungs” of the planet be restored! May peace and love reign throughout the Earth!
We congratulate everyone on the beginning of the New calendar year with this good green news! To be continued.
More detailed photo reports and materials from the eco-flashmob and the Eco Santa Parade in the regions can be seen and read on the website of the NGO “Cedars of Ukraine” at this link
It was an interesting year that brought new ideas and formats. In the conditions of the incessant quarantine with the restrictions on mass events and the media’s diversion of people’s attention from the most important tasks of improving the shared living environment, the idea to create and shoot a high-quality professional video for New Year occurred. We are speaking about a New Year’s social, ecological, kind, sincere film, suited for family viewing, with a professional actor starring. It would include songs, poems, drawings, good images from the Book of Eco Santa. The film which could brightly, efficiently and professionally get across the themes of ecology, a healthy lifestyle, family values, love and care for all the living around and nature-saving New Year traditions. The result is a whole short film! The most amazing history of its creation can be found on the website of the NGO “Cedars of Ukraine”.
For two weeks since the release of the “Evergreen Story” in Ukraine, over 33,000 compatriots have watched it. The film has also been translated into Russian, English, Chinese and is quickly spread by like-minded friends around the world. Glad to present it to your attention!
P.S. The images sent to the Competition and included in the Book are captured in the social ecological New Year film “Evergreen Story”.
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“Солнечные барды” Парад Эко Дедов Морозов