Archive for the ‘Activities’ Category
Taking Just A Moment … to make the right decision … to replace the bad habits that cause negative effects on the environment with new green habits …
Today is 11.11.2011 and we suggest 11 green moments:
- Buy decorated glass or ceramic bottle for liquid soap. To cut down on plastic bottle waste from your home buy liquid soap in bulk and decant into your beautiful bottle.
- Use a water filter. Stop purchasing cases of bottled water and use a water filter. This can save you money and reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our landfills.
- Eat more fruit and vegetables. Eating vegetarian cuts down considerably on the effects of global warming, because meat and dairy production creates more carbon emissions than all those cars and trucks on the road.
- Use cloth grocery bags. Buy beautiful cloth grocery bag from natural materials (linen, jute, cotton) and keep it close when prepare to go on shopping. That will save your money and will reduce the amount of waste that you create every day.
- Cancel the subscription of “papers” that you do not need. If you have changed you interests or your “paper” could be find online, simply cancel the subscription. This will reduce the amount of paper that ends the daily landfill.
- Beware of heat. Set your hot water heater no higher than 120 degrees. When baking, do not preheat your oven for more than 10 minutes. If everyone reduced their oven time by an hour per year, we would save enough energy to bake a billion cookies.
- Watch your water consumption. The simple replacement of existing taps with new models with lower flow will reduce the amount of used water by 30%. You can also count on the amount of water collected from your air conditioner to use to clean the house or watering the flowers.
- Walk. For short realtions, rather than sit in a car, choose a walk – walking is free, saves fuel, does not contribute to expanding the ozone hole and helps you to stay in good condition.
- Help the environment. Plant local plants in your garden or balcony, get involved in the actions of planting trees, do not tear flowers, do not fracture the branches of trees, do not trample the grass – more green plants means bigger Earth filter .
- Don‘t be greedy. Use things completely, if possible, several times, before throw them away. Think before you buy any stuff, whether you can do without it. Otherwise you just add quantity to the existing waste.
- Holidays without waste. Wrapping paper is a key source of waste during the holidays (decorative papers, decorative bags, ribbons). Reuse old paper and old packagings, or buy recycled materials. Be creative and unique.
What green moments can you share with us?
From 24.10 to 28.10.2011 in Valjevo, Serbia, was held training entitled “Building CSOs capacities on EU Nature related policies” organized by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and it partners Ecologists’ Movement of Macedonia , Greens of Montenegro, Bird Protection and Study Society of Vojvodina (Serbia). It aim was to strengthen civil society organizations in Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia in order to increase their role in the implementation of key EU enviromental policies and strategies.
This training is part of the EU funded project “EU Environmental Policies and Strategies in South Eastern Europe: Capacity Building for the Implementation of EU Environmental Policies and Strategies in Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia”.
Training participants had the opportunity to contribute on the topics:
• Ecological networks
• Green Infrastructure: development policy and practice implications
• Impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment of the environment
• NATURA 2000
• Policies for Rural Development
The accession to EU is not a smooth process for Western Balkan countries, but a long journey with a number of challenges on the way. The process includes synchronization of the national legislation with the EU one, ensuring its implementation by introducing new acts at national level, genuine involvement of all stakeholders in the process of decision-making, improvement of regional cooperation etc. Additionally, raising awareness and capacity building for the implementation of the EU policies and strategies are of the utmost importance for a successful accession process.
CSOs are seen as the driving force for transformation of the society in the Western Balkans countries and establishing close cooperation and a functional network of skilled and knowledgeable CSOs is essential for achieving the above aim.
In conditions when we are always busy and even many worries pressure us everyday, we are forgetting healthy eating habits. Well, it is clear that the development of technology has brought changes in the way and speed of life, but try to remember, when was the last time your family gathered on a warm, home-prepared, lunch?
On the one hand, the facts show that fresh food is used and prepared less than extremely attractive fast food (food industry received) which is easy to reach. Various types of baked goods, snacks, cookies, sauces, dairy products and meat industry products are found in abundance on shelves in supermarkets and in a shortly time they can satisfy our hunger. But be aware that through their consuming in our body are simultaneously introduced over 300 kinds of chemical additives and obtained about 50 types of natural additives added during production, preparation, processing and packaging. Let me mention some of the additives have a harmful impact on your health. Additives are actually those substances that make the products stay fresh longer (not to spoil – to change the taste, color, form) and must be noted on the packaging of the product with the label “E”. It is the mark according to European standards, but accepted almost worldwide. If you are concerned about additives, more information can be found at the following link.
On the other hand, you have a CHOICE what food you will consume. You may not allow to enter chemistry at your body. Recall that on the list of food there are categories which instead additives are packed with vitamins and nutrients that meet the needs for your body healthy functioning. Our recommendations are:
– Organic food – grown on areas clean and free of pesticides and other chemicals
– Meat and meat products of animals and poultry that are raised without artificial food during their growth and development and without given hormones and antibiotics
– Traditional food – cooked from the fruit that grows in our climate, prepared on the way our ancestors did.
One proverb says “health comes from the mouth.” The food is not only necessarity, it is cure and pleasure. Be careful when choosing what to eat. Think about things you eat and make an important step toward your better health. Take the fruits of nature, replace the industrial food with nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables from the area where they originated, replace soft artificial drinks with freshly pressed juices or simply pure water … and be healthy and happy.
Today is our birthday … 1st birthday ….
We promote green living … now on FB page, too …
Click “LIKE” and live greener!
Today is World Animal Day. With this post we want to arise public awareness about ecological and environmental role of one special species and contribute in their protection.
Birds of prey are important in the ecological balance; they scavenge and dispose of carrion, control rodent populations, and eat various pests that are harmful to crops. Owls that feed in agricultural areas provide benefits to humans by killing large numbers of small rodents which might otherwise eat crops in the field or in storage.
Barn owl (Tyto alba)
Barn Owls are specialist birds and highly adapted to suit their ecological role as hunters of small mammals in open habitat and low light conditions. Although small mammals are taken by a wide range of predators including buzzards, kestrels, cats, stoats and weasels (as well as other owls), none of these hunt in the same way as Barn Owls. The barn owl has exceptionally keen hearing and eyesight, making it a very effective hunter. It is said that a Barn Owl can actually hear a mouse’s heartbeat in a 30ft sq room.
Barn Owls are birds of open countryside. They typically forage by flying low over grassland habitat with frequent “hovering intervals” or by perching on fence posts and trees along field edges Barn Owls are found in open country such as agricultural areas, old fields and orchards, yet have a preference for pasture, sedge marshes and meadows. Prior to European settlement, Barn Owl habitat likely consisted of oak savannah adjacent to tallgrass prairie.
The Barn Owl’s diet consists primarily of small mammals, with a distinct preference for voles (Microtus spp.), shrews, moles, young rats, various species of mice, and occasionally birds, or frogs and large insects only if necessary. Estimates of adult food intake range from about 50 to 150 g/day, which is equivalent to 1–3 voles per day. It is estimated that a typical family of two adult and four young Barn Owls consumes about 1000 rodents during the 10-week portion of the year when young are in the nest.
Every Barn Owl’s home range is likely to contain a variety of predators that eat small mammals but none of these have an identical diet or hunting method. Although there is a good deal of overlap between species, there’s little direct competition because the Barn Owl’s ecological role is so unique.
Be aware that …
These helpful birds are, unfortunately, especially susceptible to extinction, partly because of natural evolutionary selection and partly because of human interference. Owls are, however, threatened by other activities of humans. They are exposed to toxic chemicals in forestry and agriculture, and this has taken a toll on some species of owls. One example is poisoning by exposure to the insecticide carbofuran, which is used to control epidemic populations of grasshoppers in prairie agriculture.
More important, however, have been the effects of habitat loss on owls. Urban, industrial, and agricultural development all degrade the habitat of most species of owls and other native species, causing large reductions in their populations and even their disappearance from many areas.
We are happy that in Macedonia there is organization which is taking care for the owl’s survival in the nature, preservation of their nests, offspring and hunting grounds. The purpose of organization Macedonian Owl Trust is to facilitate the enlargement of the number of owls in our country by organizing activities for: mounting birds houses for nesting, implementation of monitoring of all recorded nests, feeding and tending of young owls with aim having them leave the nest in larger numbers.
If you want to help, too, now is the right time. This organization is in preparation for construction of houses for nesting which will be placed at various locations in the environment and help at preserving and increasing the number of endangered owls. You can donate wood materials (wooden boards or plywood) and tools and contribute in this process. You can find more information on Macedonian Owl Trust page.