YEREVAN—Armenia Tree Project celebrated World Environment Day and International Children’s Day on June 1 at the John and Artemis Mirak Nursery in Margahovit Village. The event was attended by the staff from ATP’s Yerevan Office and the Mirak Reforestation Nursery, along with their families.
“The children made friends instantly and started playing together,” explained ATP Community Development Specialist Vardan Melikyan. “The nursery workers invited musicians from the village to take part in our gathering and the kids had fun dancing to traditional live music in the fresh mountain air. The boys were impressed with ATP’s agricultural equipment such as tractors and an all-terrain motorcycle, while the girls enjoyed gathering field flowers.”
ATP’s Environmental Education staff presented notebooks and the children drew beautiful pictures of nature and trees which now decorate the inside of the small building at the nursery. After an outdoor lunch, ATP specialists showed the children how to plant trees and they planted five symbolic evergreens at the nursery. “Everyone, especially the children, had a great time and ATP hopes to organize similar events with our stakeholders in the future,” concluded Melikyan.
International Children’s Day is celebrated on June 1, when activities are organized for children including outings with families. The day is dedicated to children worldwide and is often marked with speeches on children’s rights and well-being.
World Environment Day is a widely celebrated global day for environmental action held on June 5. The UN Environment Programme describes it as a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener, and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations, and this year’s theme was “Forests: Nature at Your Service.”
ATP’s mission is to assist the Armenian people in using trees to improve their standard of living and protect the environment, guided by the need to promote self-sufficiency, aid those with the fewest resources first, and conserve the indigenous ecosystem. ATP’s three major programs are tree planting, environmental education, and sustainable development initiatives. For more information about ATP, please visit the Web site.