framework of Green Talin initiative,
the Urban Foundation organized a community meeting in which representatives of
the Ministry of Nature Protection and Talin Municipality officials. During the meeting, participants discussed the
ways of engaging residents of Talin in gradual reduction of single usage
School pupils volunteered in designing the Green
Talin logo which will be placed on public education and awareness
materials. Meantime, a survey is being conducted among supermarkets and shops
of Talin to find out the reduction dynamics of plastic waste as a result of
public education activities.
Open lesson at Talin’s 2nd main school.
49 students from 8th and 9th grade participated in the lesson. The aim of the lesson was to introduce the concept of the Green Talin and encourage schoolchildren to present their own ideas about improving the environment.
We started the lesson with a good news: ‘Your city, Talin, is chosen by the ministry of the Nature Protection as a place to implement the ‘green town’ concept. We have come to tell you what it means. Indeed, what do you think it means?’ Students named about 10 characteristics which, in their opinion feature a green town. Then they discussed which of those characteristics they can contribute to themselves and right away.
Afterwards, participants started discussing the issue of waste, its local and global impact. It was announced that in the frame of the Green Talinseparation of plastic waste and reduction of plastic shopping bags will be initiated. Students expressed their readiness to become green patrols in their town. As a first step, before needed infrastructure is in place, they decided that they can prevent plastic bottle caps from appearing in the nature by collecting them at school.
We are glad to note that the participating schoolchildren were quite knowledgeable thanks to their teacher Ms. Susan Karapetyan.