Ollie Recycles in Croatia - Greenrepublic letter
Cakovec, May 06th 2002
OLLIE RECYCLES IN CROATIA ALSO!
Greenrepublic, a section for environmental protection, which
operates in an NGO Kneja from Croatia, has gained a contact with
an Australian, Jane Stewart, a woman that spreads positive ecological
vibrations with her powerful energy, nearly two months ago. After
a few e-mails, Jane sent a small eco package to Croatia. As there
is always joy in an international and multicultural cooperation,
we could hardly wait for the package to arrive. In that package
there were Ollie CD-ROMs and some other knick-knacks; like T-shirts,
stickers and small bags. And guess what! Stimulated by this altruistic
help we, the NG activists in a movement for environmental protection,
situated in a small town Cakovec between the rivers Mura and
Drava, organized a first "Ollie recycles" workshop!
We educated passer-bys on subjects such as composting, recycling
and garbage re-usability at an info-educational. eco point situated
on a main city square. With a help from our volunteers, Ivica
and Goran, for the first time we presented Ollie, a boy from
the other side of the planet, who is making miracles in protecting
the nature, to our youngsters. Children, to whom interactive
Ollie was introduced to, were simply inspired by him. They adored
the game where they were supposed to separate the garbage into
the right garbage baskets. Parents were absolutely charmed! The "young
generation" is, obviously, ready to enjoy in the power of
technology and every right approach seams to be very interesting
"Ollie Recycles" is an interactive CD-ROM that gives
lots of practical advice on recycling, reusability -reducing
massive quantities of garbage; helping the Earth to breathe again.
With the support of "Ollie interactive" kids may easily
learn to separate garbage, make smarter choices in shops in order
to minimize garbage, and to learn how to recycle paper, for example,
We can say that this kind of approach is more than welcome,
and that entire Croatian society should endure it. Since this
is the first time that this kind of approach was presented in
Croatia, we hope that it shall be supported in all schools and
places where little Ollie shall be presented in. We believe that
Croatian environmental institutes and Ministry of environment
will give their contribution to similar projects, because only
by educating the young we can revise our mistakes. We polluted
nearly every natural surrounding and it is only a matter of titne
when there will be no more places to relax and enjoy.
The positives of "Ollie Recycles" CD-ROM are that
it is very simple and easy to remember. It would be a pity not
to show this to pupils in elementary schools. With a little help
from their teachers, it would be a unique eco-educational method.
We believe that afterwards children would know how to recognize
garbage, the usability of brown, blue and yellow garbage collectors,
what and how they can compost, what nature likes and dislikes.
We hope that in the near future the Bureaucracy will recognize
the importance of financing the "Ollie Recycles" translation
into Croatian language; by doing that Ollie would be understandable
to the youngsters. We dare to hope that Ollie might inspire the
creativity of our teachers; that way our young generations might
do wonders in environment protection - from everyday garbage
separation to using self-restorable energy sources.
With a hope for a better, nicer and cleaner future, 1 greet
lgor Lesar, a Kneja activist