Nektarina Non Profit celebrates its 9th birthday!

Written by Aina on . Posted in General Information, News

Today it’s a very special day not only because 12th of August sees the commemoration of International Youth Day, but also because it’s our ninth anniversary or as we like to call it: our birthday.

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Nektarina’s story began in 2009 in Croatia and ever since our organization has dedicated to “Educate, connect and inspire” people from all walks of life to take care of the environment and their communities.

Our planet is at a breaking point. Each year that passes, we see more evidently the need to take action towards the protection of our planet Earth and all living things. Climate change is quickly becoming the biggest threat to communities all around the globe while our  air, soil, waterways and oceans are severely affected from expansive pollution. All over the planet, wildlife, ecosystems and habitats are being lost by our unsustainable development which is threatening our own survival at the same time.

In such difficult times, we believe it is more important than ever to practice each and every day our organizational motto: Educate, Connect and Inspire. Consequently, we’ll continue spreading information to raise awareness and educate about global issues affecting our communities and the environment. We’ll keep connecting with others to build a more sustainable future. And most of all we hope to continue inspiring people to get out of idleness and find their own way to help and make a difference in their communities and their environment.

Many thanks to all the present and past colleagues, volunteers, donors, people, and organizations that have accompanied us in these 9 years.

Keep following us in our social networks and don’t forget: a sustainable future for all of us is possible if we start changing and taking action in our daily lives today.

Twitter @nektarina and @edu4sustain

Facebook @nektarinanonprofit  and @Edu4Sustainability

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World Environment Day 2018

Written by Aina on . Posted in News & Updates, Take Action

#BeatPlasticPollution World Environment Day 2018

Plastic is everywhere in our daily lives and that is a huge problem. Look around and you’ll find it. In your bathroom, in your kitchen, at your school or office, in hospitals, shops, cars, or even in your garden. Yes, in your flower pots for example.

It’s omnipresent in things and objects we use everyday that we don’t even notice. It’s in our tea bags, in our clothes, in our personal care products, in children’s toys, in our mobile phones, in food wrappers, etc. It has become so essential in our lives that if you think about it, it’s hard to imagine our life without plastics.

Sadly, plastic is also omnipresent in our environment. It has been found in the deepest part of the ocean, trapped in Arctic sea ice, inside a whale’s stomach, in tap water, floating in rivers and huge patches in the ocean, and most probably it is already present in our food chain.

How much proof then, do we need to realize that we have become so dependent on plastics that we are drowning our ourselves and the planet in them? What can we do to end this toxic addiction that is polluting our environment, affecting our wildlife and damaging our own health?

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Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2012. Photo by Enny Nuraheni/Reuters

The big problem: lots of single-use plastic and almost no recycling.

Globally every year around 300 million tons of plastic is produced. Some estimate that is roughly the equivalent to the weight of the entire world population! Half of it, designed to be used only once and then thrown away. Food trays,  bottles, straws, shopping bags, cutlery, cups, sanitary products, packaging film, you name it. Just look around and you’ll find it. In fact, the abuse of single-use plastic has become so excessive that individuals around the world are posting in social media photos of ridiculous packaging to demand corporations and retailers to reduce this type of throwaway plastic.

At the same time the production of more durable plastics has diminish and the trend has been towards plastics that are meant to be thrown away after a single use. This, combined with almost no recycling, and you have the ecological disaster we are facing.

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How did this happened?

Although plastics have only been massed produced for the last 60 years our consumption has grown exponentially. By the 1990s plastic waste generation and similarly plastic production, more than tripled in just 20 years. At the same time the recycle rate of plastic has been extremely low. In fact just 9% of all plastic waste EVER produced has been recycled! The other 12% has been incinerated, while the rest 79% has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment, whether a river, the sea, or on land.

And precisely because of the characteristics that have made plastic such a convenient and widely use material (durability and versatility), are the same reasons why every single piece of plastic that has ever been produced still exists today. Surely it’s not the original same shape, size or color but it is certainly there. Plastics are so durable and hard to biodegrade that they can persist in the environment for decades or even centuries!

Source: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Source: NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

An ocean of plastic

You must have seen in social media pictures and videos that show how drastically polluted with plastics our seas and oceans are. Worldwide, plastics make-up the most common type of marine litter found in the ocean. In fact, plastic has become an inherent part of the marine environment. Annually it has been estimated that around 8 million tons of plastics end up there, which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute! As such it’s not hard to imagine the predicted scenario that by 2050, the ocean will  have more plastics than fish.

Almost all plastic found in the ocean is originated in-land and in coastal regions but because of poor waste management practices it ends carried by rivers or blown by air into the sea. Once in the ocean, plastics accumulate with other types of marine debris in huge floating patches like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or wash up on the coasts, while light resistant plastics break down into smaller pieces called microplastics that continue to float, sink into the ocean floor or get ingested by marine animals.

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Beat Plastic Pollution – World Environment Day

The huge dimension of the plastic pollution crisis has reached a tipping point in public awareness.  Individuals and organizations worldwide are calling for action to stop plastic pollution. Corporations, businesses and governments are starting to take steps to tackle the issue, by banning certain items like plastic bags or by substituting plastics with reusable, recyclable, or compostable materials.

All this is a good sign but the truth is that we need to do more. Each of us has to do more to “Beat Plastic Pollution”, as the chosen theme for World Environment Day 2018 says.

There are so many things we can do to help end plastic pollution and not just today but everyday. Join the worldwide movement and start taking concrete steps to #BeatPlasticPollution.

Get some inspiration with these simple ideas and remember to share yours and spread the word.

  • Carry your own reusable water bottle or coffee mug
  • Say NO to plastic straws
  • Bring your own shopping bag to the supermarket
  • Don’t use or buy products with microbeads – check for Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and/or Nylon (PA).
  • Pick up any plastic you see the next time you go for a walk
  • Participate in community clean-up events
  • Never flush any kind of plastic down the toilet
  • Choose package-free foods or with biodegradable packaging
  • Switch liquid soap with soap bars
  • Avoid synthetic fabrics
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For sources and more information check:

http://www.dw.com/en/six-data-visualizations- that-explain-the-plastic-problem/a-36861883

https://www.unenvironment.org/interactive/beat-plastic-pollution/

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/plastic-planet-waste-pollution-trash-crisis/

https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/publications/the-new-plastics-economy-rethinking-the-future-of-plastics

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/19/more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-sea-by-2050-warns-ellen-macarthur

http://www.cleanwater.org/problem-marine-plastic-pollution

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/microplastics.html

http://www.cleanwater.org/problem-marine-plastic-pollution

World Environment Day 2017 in Pune

Written by Aina on . Posted in India, News, Take Action, Uncategorized

Last Sunday the 18th of June, Nektarina Non Profit and Zest Youth Movement celebrated the World Environment Day in Pune.

Every year since 2014, both organizations have been celebrating the important date gathering hundreds of participants, most of them children and youths.

 In this occasion over 200 participants attended the celebration that started at 7am.

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To commence the event, participants gathered at Sarasbaug where they took an environment oath to then start a walk for the environment that ended up in at Shaniwar Wada. During the walk, participants displayed signs, banners, and flags with slogans and messages about the importance of taking care of the environment and actions to protect it.

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The rally finally arrived at the Mutha River bank for a clean-up in support also to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission ) national government campaign.

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To close the event an empty banner was placed for participants to write inspiring messages about the importance of protecting the environment and particularly about the 2017 World Environment Day theme: “Connecting people to nature” and/or making use of the “I´m with nature” slogan.

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Not simply a celebration, this event is a sample of how the Education for Sustainability initiative mobilizes and brings together communities in activities that help to raise awareness and act towards a sustainable future.

 A big thank you to all the participants and supporters of our event. A special recognition to the school teacher Mrs Anagha Chavan who flagged the rally and of course to India’s E4S Country Manager, Suresh More.35497970645_affbaa2a33_k

Click the below link to check out more pictures of the event

https://www.flickr.com/photos/122900157@N06/albums/72157682359674662/with/35457532556/

April and May Medical Camps in Pune – 2017

Written by Aina on . Posted in India, News

Since our last blog entry in February, we have held two meaningful events happening in Pune that we would like to share with our readers.

As some of you might know since 2014 we have been delivering, in association with Pune Doctors Association, free health check-ups to different vulnerable groups as part of our Education for SustainabilityE4S project.

On this occasion we held our first health camp of the year on April 6th at the “Senadatta Balak Mandir Prathmik Vidya Mandir School” benefiting around 70 students aged between 2 and 12 years. The check-up included a general medical examination where factors such as height, weight, temperature, oxygen level, pulse, etc. were measured.

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Also a dental, ear-nose-throat examination was done, and the overall development of the children was evaluated. In the end, a report for each children was compiled and given to the teachers and parents.

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Our second health camp was organized just last Wednesday May 25th at the Maherwat” elderly home. From 5pm until 7pm, 32 individuals received a general examination that included things such as checking their blood pressure and sugar levels.

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Nektarina Non Profit and Zest Youth Movement are the organizers of the health camps but they wouldn’t be possible without the involvement of Pune Doctors Association and its members. A big THANK YOU to all of them!

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Stay in touch with us through our Twitter and Facebook accounts as we will be organizing more of this worthy health camps during the year.

We have more pictures of both health camps in our Flickr account. If you want to see more, please click on the following links to check-out our photo albums.

April 2017 Medical Camp

https://www.flickr.com/photos/122900157@N06/sets/72157684310937385

May 2017 Medical Camp

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/122900157@N06/albums/72157681242388423

 

Artworks exhibition and prize award ceremony in Pune

Written by Aina on . Posted in India, News, News & Updates

We are pleased to share with all our readers that last Sunday February 12, Nektarina Non Profit and its Indian partner Zest Youth Movement hosted an exhibition of  artworks from the last two activities we conducted in 2016 with students in Pune: “Healthy and Sustainable Earth” drawings competition and the “Best out of Waste” contest.

The exhibition, which was open for anyone to attend, was held in the “Indradhanushya, Environment Education & Citizenship Centre” of Pune Municipal Corporation. The inauguration began at 9 am with the traditional ribbon cutting and after a short tour of the special guests through the exhibition, everyone was invited to the auditorium for the “Best out of Waste” award ceremony.

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The ceremony programme started by watering a plant as a way to symbolize our project’s commitment towards protecting and taking care of our Earth. Afterwards our country manager Suresh More, welcomed everyone, introduced the special guests and briefly presented the E4S project.

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Mr Ravindra Dharia the Chief Guest of the ceremony and President of Vanarai, an important and well-recognized NGO in Pune working on sustainable rural development, announced and distributed the prizes to the winners of the “Best out of waste” contest. Around 60 students received a certificate of participation, a medal and a jute folder as a way to recognize their effort and meaningful participation in the activity.

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During the ceremony, some students and teachers were invited to share with the audience testimonies of their participation and in the end everyone gathered for a group photo.

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In total, around 150 people attended the event on Sunday. Students and their families, teachers and other guests enjoyed the exhibition and congratulated us for organizing the event. Many thanks to all of them for their support and participation. Specially we want to thank Pune Municipal Corporation for lending us the venue and for their continuous support to our project.

Finally we would like to invite everyone in Pune to visit the Indradhanushya Environment Education & Citizenship Centre to enjoy and reflect on the powerful and beautiful drawings that will remain in exhibition until the end of this month.

If you can’t attend the exhibition, you still can admire the artworks in our photo gallery. To see the pictures from the exhibition and ceremony that took place last Sunday click in the following link:

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To keep in touch with us and know about our future events follow us in Facebook and Twitter.

 

Best out of waste 2016 – reusing in a creative form waste materials

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Nektarina Non Profit and its Indian partner Zest Youth Movement, started a couple of months ago the “Best out of waste” contest with the aim of encouraging students to use their creativity to prepare objects using only waste materials.

A couple of years ago, we successfully implemented the same activity in Pune and precisely because it was a huge success and both teachers and students appreciated very much, we decided to implement it again this year.

The organization of the activity started back in early October, when our India E4S Country Manager, visited several schools in Pune to invite them to participate in the activity and to explain the objectives and dynamic of the contest.

As of today, we are proud to say that the response has been amazing. Twelve schools participated and in total 1,500 students aged 9 – 16 years old submitted wonderful and creative pieces of work.

Participants prepared great works using only waste materials such as disposable plastic spoons, cans, pieces of cardboard, plastic wrappings, bottles, etc. Very beautiful and creative pieces of work were created, from decorative objects, to useful objects such as pencil holders and even toys or games.

Sample of works

Several schools took the initiative to organize small exhibitions to showcase the works of their students and to share the experiences and learnings of the activity with their schools’ communities.

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In the next weeks we will also start to organize a special exhibition with a selection of some of the pieces from each school and to have a ceremony to recognize both schools and students for their enthusiastic participation.

We will update soon about these events.  In the meantime, take a look at a the pictures of the beautiful works created by these children and youths in India. Click here or on the below picture to go to our Flickr album.

Many thanks to all the schools that participated and supported the activity.

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Drawing competition closure – Prizes and winners

Written by Aina on . Posted in India, News

Last 12th of August we celebrated the International Youth Day by organizing a drawing competition among 13 schools in the city of Pune, India with the topic “Healthy and Sustainable Earth”.

Our India Country Manager, achieved to engage in the competition more than 3,500 students aged between 10- 17 years old who created very beautiful and meaningful drawings.

The aim of the activity was to encourage participants to think and express in a pictorial way their ideas about the meaning and needs to live in a healthy and sustainable planet.

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For putting together the competition we distributed invitation letters to several schools, explaining about the activity and its purpose. Schools that were interested were provided with drawing paper and our country manager visited some school groups to guide and explain the activity to the students.

Participants were divided in two categories: one for students of the 5th to the 7th grade and the second for students from the 8th to the 10th grade. Each category was given 3 subtopics related to a healthy and sustainable world to choose from and dedicate their drawing.

Results were amazing and because of the large amount of drawings collected, a preselection of the best ones was done at every school. In total, 10 drawings from each school were selected (five from each of the categories) and 15 of those passed to the final stage.

It was not an easy decision to choose the final winners of the competition as all the drawings were great and showcased powerful messages about sustainability. Our country manager with the help of colleagues with experience in the drawing field selected the 3 final winners.

All the winners were announced in a small ceremony organized at each school with the presence of teachers, students, schools’ Principals and the E4S India Country Manager. Awarded students received a painting and drawing kit, as well as a recognition certificate.

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Even more, one of the schools decided to organize a small exhibition of the drawings from its students, which the whole school community was able to enjoy.

Overall, the competition was a great experience and it definitely succeeded our expectations in the amount and quality of works submitted. We received excellent feedback from teachers and students which we believe provides a very strong argument to our project’s purpose. It is very clear that schools and scholars care and are interested about sustainability and therefore we will continue to organize activities such as this one.

Thank you all who made possible the competition! Teachers, Directors  and of course all the students who enthusiastically participated.

We look forward on pursuing to organize a public exhibition of some of the drawings in the upcoming months.

Don’t miss checking out more of the great drawings in our Flickr album available in the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122900157@N06/albums/72157673228692775/with/29286012791/