SET AN EXAMPLE. JOIN IN!
In September, October, and November, the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro and the EU Info Centre, in cooperation with numerous partners, will organise a series of activities dedicated to environmental protection and the preservation of nature. During these months, special attention will be paid to waste treatment, recycling, planting, and the use of alternative modes of transportation.
“Environmental protection is one of the European Union’s priorities, and one of the biggest challenges in the process of Montenegro’s accession to the European Union. Therefore, we will mark several important dates in a way to encourage citizens to take action which, individually and collectively, can make us live in a cleaner, healthier, and even more beautiful Montenegro in the future,” stated the EU Delegation.
On Saturday, 21 September, in as many as 12 locations across the country simultaneously, the International Coastal Cleanup Day was marked under the auspices of the EU Delegation to Montenegro and the EU Info Centre, organised by the NGO Zero Waste Montenegro and the NGO Nasa Akcija. More than 15 non-governmental organisations, international institutions, companies, and citizen groups joined forces to clean up waste at beaches, rivers, and lakes at the end of the summer tourist season.
Together with more than 50 local volunteers and citizens, the representatives of the EU Delegation and the international community cleaned the lakeshore Krupac, in Niksic.
“Today, the whole world is marking the International Coastal Cleanup Day, and the European Union has also become involved globally. The EU in Montenegro is also supporting this year’s cleanup action, organised by the NGO Zero Waste Montenegro with numerous partners. Montenegro, as an ecological State and a candidate for the EU membership, must become more actively involved in the fight against plastic waste. But this is not just the responsibility of the State. Every one of us can help keep our shores clean. Today we are calling for action: let us use less plastic, dump waste where it belongs, and preserve the nature of Montenegro!” said Plamena Halacheva, the Head of the European Integration, Political, Media and Information Section at the EU Delegation to Montenegro.
By supporting this action, the European Union in Montenegro has started a series of environmental events, lectures, and activities in the coming months, dedicated to the promotion of alternative transportation, to combating climate change, and the protection of birds.
At the end of September, in cooperation with the Police Directorate and the NGO Biciklo.me, the EU Info Centre will have a workshop for children to teach them how to repair a bicycle and to teach them traffic rules for cyclists.
In addition, at the EU Info Centre, an interactive lecture for high school students on climate change will be held in early October, by giving them first-hand advice on how everyone can contribute to the reduction of the climate change impact.
As a contribution to the development of ornithology in Montenegro, the European Union supported the development of a first aid manual for birds – the first of its kind in the Western Balkans. The handbook will be presented at the EU Info Centre in mid-October on the occasion of the World Migratory Bird Day.
These “green” activities will be accompanied by a communications campaign “Set an example. Join in!” on social media and traditional media. The goal is to get citizens interested in “green” lifestyles. The campaign bearers will be individuals who show by example that environmental protection and the preservation of nature are a matter of choice.
With the campaign “Set an example. Join in!“ the European Union in Montenegro wishes to underline that each of us, individually, can contribute to environmental protection without much effort. By recycling our waste, cleaning a park near our building together with neighbours, or planting a tree, we can do a lot for nature and for our health. Great young people have been selected for the campaign who already incorporate these priciples into their live; therefore, it is certain that they will motivate many to join them.
Follow our EU Info Centre and our social networks for more information and join in!
16 September, Monday, 10:00, EU Info Centre
WORKSHOP: PREPARATION FOR THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP AND WASTE AUDIT DAY
NGO Zero Waste Montenegro, NGO Nasa Akcija and EU Info Centre
20 September, Friday, 12:30, EU Info Centre
ROAD TRAFFIC SAFETY DEBATE
NGO Biciklo.me, Capital City, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs
21 September, Saturday, 15 locations all over Montenegro
NGO Zero Waste Montenegro, NGO Nasa Akcija, NGO Ozon
23 September, Monday, 12:00, Elementary school ‘Savo Pejanovic’
NGO Biciklo.me, EU Info Centre
25 September, Wednesday, 12:00, EU Info Centre
CONFERENCE ‘A JOURNEY THROUGH GENERATIONS-ULCINJ SALINA’
NGO Centre for Civic Education
30 September, Monday, 11:00, EU Info Centre
NGO Zero Waste Montenegro, NGO Nasa Akcija, EU Info Centre
MEDIA CAMPAIGN ‘SET AN EXAMPLE. JOIN IN!’
Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro and EU Info Centre
4 October, Friday, 11:00, EU Info Centre
EU Info Centre
PRESENTATION OF THE AVIAN FIRST AID MANUAL AND AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS OF BIOTECHNICAL AND AGRICULTURE FACULTIES
Bjanka Prakljacic, the author, and EU Info Centre