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“Green patrol” went on ecology raid in Penza center

09:32 | 16.10.2014 | Society

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Penza, 16 October 2014. PenzaNews. The activists of “Green patrol” society, a city-wide subdivision of Lavrenty Zagoskin youth center “Russian Geographic Society Pathfinders,” have conducted an ecology raid through the center of Penza city.

“The volunteers paid particular attention to the heaps of trash by the building under construction by the ‘Triumph’ apartment complex. Beyond that, they have located large amounts of trash behind the apartment houses on Plekhanova and Bakunina streets,” Roman Kashin, deputy chairman of the Penza Russian Geographic Society department, told PenzaNews agency.

He recalled that “Green Patrol” went out for its first ecology raid on October 21, 2013, almost a year ago, when the activists located numerous ecology laws violations.

“The idea ended up being so popular with the youth that its initiators decided to continue working and developing it as part of the ‘Green Wave’ movement. This project aims to form a popular volunteer movement on the basis of the regional Russian Geographic Society subdivision, Lavrenty Zagoskin youth center ‘RGS Pathfinders,’ and regional schools, universities and colleges,” the agency interlocutor explained.

Youth center “Russian Geographic Society Pathfinders” was opened under the patronage of the Penza RGS subdivision on June 19, 2013.

The center aims to guide youth in its local lore, science and socially-oriented activities and actively participate in the RGS campaigns.

The youth center members, ranging from 10 to 25 years old, rely on the experience and traditions of their predecessors.

Currently, the activists strive to assemble ecology patrol teams formed from each education institution in Penza. Beyond that, the plans suggest that the ecology status of the region will be monitored by a joint city patrol team that will potentially employ specially prepared vehicles.

An ecology raid begins with a special briefing for the volunteers and takes place at the major pollution locations reported by the citizens. The gathered information is collected at the “Green patrol” headquarters for analysis and subsequent submission to the officials, who will take appropriate measures against those who violate the ecology laws. Afterwards, the information is published on the Internet.

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