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Mid March 2010: cold and gray day outside, but joyful and green on the inside πŸ™‚ we held one of our ecology workshops at Tandarica Foundation, here in Cluj-Napoca. At two kindergarten classes, with kids between 3 and a half years old, up to 6.

They were wonderful!

Not only did we learn, together, the whys and hows of ecology and recycling, but we also laughed, sang and planted wheat seeds into our recycled hand-made pots, decorated with used paper.

Check out our photos here! πŸ™‚

Io explaining the basics.

Using some old cards to decorate the pots.

With the pots ready, starting to plant the seeds πŸ™‚

The seeds in the pot πŸ˜€

Counting the seeds…

More Eco talk with the older kids

The freshly decorated pots, with the seeds in them!

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Oh, yes! πŸ™‚ we love to get together and clean up public spaces, especially parks that have been overlooked and in need of some cleansing attention πŸ˜‰

Here’s some photos from one of our actions, last spring…

You can find all kinds of things in the trash…

Near the Somes River bank

Getting some extra help…

The ECO STEPS and EVS volunteers! πŸ™‚

What are your tales? what made you efficient and not so in your cleaning endeavors?…


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A Chinese proverb tells us that if we want to plant for a year, we should plant rice and if we want to plantΒ  for a decade, we should plant trees…. Well, we hoped to plant for a much longer period than that. πŸ™‚

So, here’s a glimpse of our planting efforts in the Retezat National Park Romania, late Octomber 2oo8 and in Cluj-Napoca, April 2009.

We had great help and enthusiasm from all over the country “Paper Tree” – Media Org volunteers, as well as EVS ones and local high schoolers that wanted to dedicate their time and energy to join us.

On our way, prepared to plant the trees…

Happily planting in the Retezat National Park πŸ™‚

The ECO STEPS volunteers taking a break

Planting trees with the aid of the EVS volunteers in Cluj-Napoca, Spring 2009.


The trees, in their new home

Per total, during both actions, we planted over 2000 trees! how cool is that? πŸ˜‰

If you have similar actions, please, share them with us!


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Parcul Feroviarilor

So, we are keeping everyone posted with our plans, in English this time πŸ˜‰

We’re enthusiastic that friends from other countries, currently studying in Cluj-Napoca, have joined forces with us! We are renewing the invitation for cleaning affected areas in Cluj – we’re thinking about a beautiful park close to the railway station – “Feroviarilor Park”.

Anyone who wants to join us is welcomed both by Eco Steps and AIESEC Cluj for this initiative, on the 6th of June, starting at 9 a.m.!

e-mail: ecosteps.project[at]gmail.com

The Eco Steps Team

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It was sunny, warm and relaxing in Cluj-Napoca’s Central Park, this past Saturday. Alongside ELSA’s (European Law Students’ Association) volunteers, we gave info on recycling and gathered signatures for our petition: to reorganize the Unirii Square (in construction at the moment) so that little patches of green/at least a part of the original park will be replanted. The new plan includes mainly stone pavement; see the architectural plan here – http://www.slicker.ro!

Don’t forget to sign the petition here or on the previous post πŸ˜‰

Greenish Thanks! πŸ™‚

Eco Steps Team

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Sign this petition in order to have a greener Unirii Square!

Eco Steps Team

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This Saturday, on the 23rd of May, starting at 3 p.m., we’ll be in the Central Park of Cluj-Napoca telling everyone interested about how and where to recycle. Together with the European Law Students’ Association and The Ecology Association “Floarea de Colt” we’ll be covering a tree in recyclable paper and encourage everyone to throw away waste wisely.

And we’ll be waiting for you!


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