Photos by: Edita Štulcaité, Anna Cwynar
On 28.10.2013 GYE (with support of EVS volunteers) together with pupils of one class from Rustavi public school No3 were cleaning up the school yard. This event idea came from Climate Week, which takes place in a lot of cities all around the world at different times (for example in March in England, see previous link).
Climate Week in Georgia is initiated by the Greens Movement of Georgia ‒ Friends of the Earth International. This enviromental occassion is directed and realized by schools, businesses, charities, councils and many other organizations. The form of the activity is open: creativity is key, so the idea is to make people think more about the impact of their consumerism.
Georgia is not considered to be very eco-friendly; first, there are not a lot of possibilities to be ecofriendly and second, many people are not aware of this attitude. It is always better to start with yourself and your local enviroment. As the yard of No3 School was really messy we thought the youngsters needed to see it’s not so difficult to make their surroundings nicer, we considered coming to school as a pretty good idea.
But still: the relationship to the enviroment shouldn’t be just aesthetic, the priority should be deeper, connected with the real impact that garbage has on nature and consequently human beings. Here you can see resources (made by Elliott) about decomposition rates of some of products.
Finally, it was a very nice event, even youngsters seemed to have enjoyed it – maybe more than the English lesson which was replaced by picking up trash. Nevertheless, pupils were quite open to comunicate with us in English, so it gave them the opportunity to practise English with them.
The next step of this GYE initiative in cooperation with Climate Week is a small exhibition of pictures taken during the school clean-up to compare the situation before and after.