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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Vardar, Negotino, Macedonia

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Vardar, Negotino, Macedonia
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Registered: December 2015
Posts: 1
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Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you spend it only once. Make it count!!!
- Lillian Dickson.
Hello there, I am a high school student and this is my story. I live in a small country in Europe, Macedonia, which has about two million inhabitants. Specifically in a very small town with about 13 000 inhabitants. Although we have beautiful scenery all around us, I can’t help but see plastic bags carried by the wind everywhere. Meadows where I played as a child now turned into dumps full of trash from the city. The river Vardar which is the aorta of Macedonia is packed with trash and all sewage is mixed with its water.
This was a great year for us, because of the changes that happened. It all began in March. The amount of water in the river gradually depleted and all waste that until now, were at the bottom river, reveled its self. I was sick of the stench and complaints. Half of the people in general didn’t really care, while the other half were complaining but didn’t do a single thing about it. I wanted to make a difference, but of course there were some stop sings. First, when I told the idea to all to my classmates, they said that I was wasting my time and it wasn’t going to have any effect. I didn’t quite listen. In May I went with the problem to the principal of my high school, in hopes that she might help me. A week after it was presented to the local youth organization. Meanwhile the polluted river was all over the media. That was the first step. In September I received an invitation, to speak for the importance of solving such problems with pollution. I went to the local middle school, where I talked to the students. I must say, they were very curios and wanted to do more. So … in the middle of October we organized an echo friendly day. Thousands of kids came with their bicycles. The teachers even told the kids to draw some paintings against pollution.
Now, here we are at the end of 2015. The problem with pollution still exists and it is surrounding us, but it finally has the attention it deserves. I am informed that there is going to be a campaign for solving the problem with the pollution of the biggest river in Macedonia. I can finally say that I was successful and I definitely didn’t waste my time.
Date: December 31, 2015 Views: 4684 File size: 21.2kb, 4890.9kb : 2736 x 3648
Hours Volunteered: 150
Volunteers: 163
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17 & 8 to 47
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 54
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 19
Native Trees Planted: 100
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