With deforestation causing Ukraine’s worse cases of flooding in over 30 years as well as the continuing threat of animals losing their natural habitat, Ruslana has decided to do something about it. She has introduced a social campaign in the hope of creating a Carpathian Guard Initiative to save the Carpathian Mountains from illegal deforestation.
The winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, Ruslana has created a social campaign ‘The Carpathians are a place of power’. Her aim? To stop the illegal deforestation of the Carpathian Mountains.
The Carpathian Mountains are a mountain range that spread across central and eastern Europe, being the third longest mountain range in Europe after the Urals and the Scandinavian Mountains. The mountain range are the habitat of the largest European population of brown bears as well as wolves and lynxes. It is believed that many of these animals will lose their homes to deforestation as well as the effects this has on the population of Ukraine, including the increase in flash floods which was saw recently where 27 people died and tens of thousands were left homeless.
The Carpathians, known in Ukraine as Karpaty have always been a source of inspiration for Ruslana with many of her early music videos shot in various regions of the Carpathians. She isn’t the only artist in Ukraine to get behind this initiative as Vidbir 2017 runners-up The Hardkiss have also shown their passion towards the cause.
Ruslana has created a campaign video which is narrated in Ukrainian with English subtitles showing the devastating effects of illegal deforestation on the Carpathian and it’s wildlife. You can watch it in the embedded video below.