28 fresh and bold ideas on how to deal with waste and how to keep Bulgarian air and beaches clean are fighting for the grand prize of “Project ECO” – to be realized in practice. Most of all – half of the submitted projects are related to the category that the Public Environmental Center for Sustainable Development will evaluate – “waste diversion”.
On July 30, the submission of works for the “ECO Project” was completed. Over 1600 young people showed interest in the competition and downloaded the proposed topics. We managed to stimulate thinking in the direction of decisions, and 28 participants and teams have made a difficult effort to describe and formulate their ideas, said the organizer of the competition – Ivaylo Tsochev from Varna.
The work of the jury for project evaluation is ongoing until August 10. “This is the work that will give meaning to the competition and will prove that real change is possible through working together,” said Ivailo. Representatives of three companies – sponsors of the competition, as well as three non-governmental organizations working for environmental protection, must decide which project can and is worth implementing (first prize) and which participant would be enriched by a mentoring program (second reward). Project which lacks a little will receive a consolation cash prize of BGN 100 and the prestigious third place. The winners in each of the categories will be announced on August 15 on the platform of “Project ECO”.
“Project ECO” was born on the idea of 20-year-old Ivaylo Tsochev, who for several years has been organizing events and initiatives related to ecology and sustainable business. “Nature follows its own rules, in front of which we are powerless when we choose to be its enemies. And the creation of an ecological culture in a society depends mostly on faith – in one’s own abilities and in the youth”, Ivaylo thinks.
Translator: Valentina Vagge