Students from 8 countries discussed garbage reduction and eco-habits

The TSU Research Library held a student roundtable on the problem of rational attitudes toward consumption. International students told the audience what measures are used in their countries to reduce the amount of waste and which environmental practices help them make a personal contribution to preserving the purity of nature. This roundtable is one of the activities of EcoFest, which is taking place at the university from April 18 to May 8.

TSU students from the UK, Germany, Nigeria, India, Egypt, Pakistan, Mexico, and Brazil talked about how their governments solve the problem of garbage. Approaches are very different - from the complete prohibition of disposable packaging and legislative regulation of waste management to individual volunteer initiatives.

- We want to show that pollution of the planet with garbage is a global environmental problem that affects all nations and peoples. It was not by chance that we decided to open the EcoFest with an event in English with the involvement of international students, - says Asiya Boltovskaya, Faculty of Foreign Languages teacher and the organizer of the EcoFest. - We wanted to demonstrate that all countries have begun to realize the seriousness of the rubbish disaster and are trying to solve the problem of recycling and reducing waste. English as a language of international communication helped to unite representatives of different nationalities and made it possible to exchange views and experiences.

- I thought about my habits and about the effects they have on the environment, - says Edgar Solis Romeo, from Mexico, a student at Faculty of Innovative Technologies. - We need to understand that our lifestyle has a devastating effect on the planet. It struck me that glass decomposes for more than 1,000 years. We must act, even if it is not very convenient, to try to reduce the amount of waste we produce. For example, do not buy plastic bags.

- During the discussion, I learned that about 99% of purchased goods are thrown out by us after 6 months. I also often acquire new things before the old ones come into complete disrepair. Now I will reconsider my need for any novelties of the market, I will try to limit myself in consumption, - said the participant of the roundtable, Natalia Zakharchenko, a Faculty of Foreign Languages student. - I realized that the problem is worthy of our attention and we should reconsider our daily habits, which can lead to serious consequences and harm not only nature, but ourselves as well.

Artyom Dibrov, a student at the Faculty of Philosophy was very interested in the practice of separate garbage collection in different countries. 

- For example, in England, a separate waste collection system is such that each house has 4 containers and centralized waste disposal is provided. That is, the practice of separate collection is supported at the state level, - said . - The story about the movement of the freegans and the zerowasters made me think about reducing the level of consumption.

EcoFest Clean University, dedicated to International Earth Day, takes place at Tomsk State University from April 18 to May 8. The project includes a series of environmental education and educational events for TSU students and staff. The purpose of the eco-marathon is to promote an ecological culture at the university and to promote the separate collection of waste.