PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

SELECTIVE WASTE COLLECTION

One procedure for reducing the mountains of litter that surround us is selective waste collection, which, among other things, helps us eliminate objects we do not need any more in an environment friendly way. Selecting waste means that we collect paper, metal, glass and plastic waste in separate bins. If we do this we will protect nature from further deterioration. The more paper we recycle, the fewer trees have to be cut in the future. This is also true in the case of electronic equipments. Their selective collection and recycling is starting to spread in Romania. ForCamp Association applies strict rules as far as selective waste collection is concerned. Selective waste collection is always among the first camp rules. We collect paper, metal, glass and plastic separately. We consider that it is our duty to raise awareness in the circle of the young generation.

CLEANING THE FOREST

If we, humans cannot live among piles of waste, why do we have to force the forest to do so? By throwing litter away while we walk in the forest we do not only do aesthetic harm, but we also harm the quality of life of plants and animals. We can see how much time is needed for certain types of waste to decay. Until it does decay, waste is like a wound for the forest.

On the trips organized by our association, while we hike and have fun, we also clean nature. We collect all the waste we encounter on the road or in the forest. This way children and youngsters realize how much litter a man can leave behind and how much this harms nature. Nobody likes to hike and travel in a waste polluted environment. Let us do it for our peers and for nature! Let us not throw litter around!

PLANTING TREES

According to official data, since 1991 a land of 125 thousand acres suffered illegal deforestation in Romania, from which 30 thousand acres were cleared completely.

Did you know that a man inhales 175 kg of oxygen and exhales 332 kg of carbon-dioxide a year? We can thank the plants that we still have air to breath. Plants transform the carbon-dioxide from the air into monohydrate glucose, which they need for their growth as a part of their photosynthesis, using light and water. The byproduct of this process is oxygen we need for living – without that, living on earth would not be possible and its riches would not exist. On average, a 70 and a 50 year-old tree is needed for the production of the amount of oxygen a man needs a year. That is why it is important to plant trees instead of those which have been cut!

 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

"WE DID NOT INHERIT THE EARTH FROM OUR ANCESTORS, WE BORROWED IT FROM OUR GRANDCHILDREN!"

Climate changes, radical weather, the hole in the ozone layer – we hear about these dangers almost daily, which are all the unfortunate consequences of human activity. We pollute the air, water and soil every day. Our ancestors lived in unison with nature, and as they depended on it very much they had to pay much more attention to it. The people of modern society think that they can no longer be affected by nature. However, every natural alteration affects our lives deeply (floods, earthquakes, tidal waves), but we tend to take them seriously only when we experience them ourselves. But then it is too late! Let us prevent the catastrophe!!! Let us do everything that stands in our power to protect our environment!!! If they do not pay attention on a central level, let it not be us, who neglect nature!!! The least we can do is not to throw litter away, to collect litter selectively, and if we can avoid using our cars we should walk on foot or travel by bike. These are all beneficial for our environment and our health as well. Here are some data that are worth thinking about.

Do you know how much time is needed for our litter to decay?

Paper napkins: 2-4 weeks
Banana skin: 3-4 weeks
Paper bag: 1 month
Newspaper: 1.5 months
Cardboard: 2 months
Orange skin: 6 months
Plywood: 1-3 years
Wool socks : 1-5 years
Milk box: 5 years
Cigarette stub: 10-12 years
Leather shoes: 25-40 years
Rubber boots: 50-80 years
Steel can: 50 years
Aluminum can: 200-500 years (contrarily, by recycling, they can make a new can out of it in 6 weeks!)
Plastic glass: 50 years
plastic bottle: 450 years
Single-use diaper: 550 years
Fishing line: 600 years
Plastic bags: 200-1000 years
Plastic boxes: 1 million years
Glass: 1 -2 million years (recyclable in a few weeks)
Polystyrene: minimum 1 million years

CARE FOR NATURE!!!

 

Activities (photo)