Breaking the Wall of Indifference

By Viorica Alexandru
2017-06-20 in Braila, Romania


9-10 JUNE 2017

Breaking the wall of indifference” is title of the European Conference that took place on 9-10 June 2017 at Braila, Romania.  It is one of the four multiplier events under UUD, our Erasmus+ project. It was dedicated to sharing the PLASTICSFREE E-LEARNING PLATFORM and its potential with stakeholders from Braila, Braila county, Romania as well as Central and Eastern Europe . The event was designed and managed based on the tutorials hosted on the e-learning platform PLASTICSFREE  at  under the co-ordination of Viorica Alexandru, the UUD project co-ordinator

The exhibition of art installations. The  7 teams which  attended  the 5 tutorials on the e-learning platform displayed their art installations based on plastic wastes. Together with the visitors they  got involved in a show  and competed  for eco-prizes such as flowers,  fruit and biscuits.  Four sets of 20 questions covered the platform content, project partners,  definitions of art installations and  civic events as well as project  partnership. 80 prizes were handed to those who took time to draw questions, look for information and got back to give the right answer.  It took 2 hours of loud  talk in the Old Centre of Braila about UUD with vivid enjoyment.    There was music background and plastic zomby girls  with pompons gave a tour around the exhibition  to groups of visitors.  The lunch break  was an occasion for a practical  selective waste collection exercise: after eating their lunch, all had to go and dispose of wastes in three different containers : plastic, paper and cans. Then all went to push down the “all of indifference”  built next to the city symbol, the big blue clock...

The round table chaired by Viorica Alexandru  got together some 12 people and over 50 audience  in the beautiful Municipal Theatre “Maria Filotti” ; representatives of the Municipality, local services, NGOs, local and county schools, media, colleagues from countrywide,  Poland and  UK were present. We shared the outcome of Tutorial 2 –Informatioan about plastic wastes and  waste management  good practice in partner countreis and worldwide. Marian Dragomir, the mayor of Braila disclosed the Municipality plan for selective waste collection  taking account of the results obtained by the project in 5 day  selective waste collection under the UUD project.  Vesna Petcovic presented the practice of waste collection and initial processing in London right in the basement of the buildings.  Alexandra Dragomir from the

Viorica Alexandru introduced the campaign “Breaking the wall of indifference” and learners and volunteer leaders took turns to share their experience with the  5 days competition of selective collection “Cycling and collecting”...  the public speaking competition with its 3 stages : 1. Plastic pollution; 2. Waste Selective Collection and 3. Circular economy.

A brief presentation was given by the Chair of the round table concerning the contact meeting that had taken place one day before and came out with 3 civic project ideas to be submitted for funding under Erasmus+ in 2018 : 1. How to make you visit my town – to promote smaller and less known towns  via an application on environment and access to treasures  in towns such  as Braila, Przemysl, and taking example from  London and Cracow ;  2. Share with me the underground multiculturality of Europe to produce a multicultural game recognizing the common values of different believs and their impact on community life quality, with academnic partners, NGOs, museums  and libraries from Poland, UK , Romania. 3. Cycling in family – to promote health and clean environment through cycling routs in the local community.  

The final part was awarding certificates to adult learners  and volunteers on a ship sailing on the Danube. Winners were given cerificates and prizes for waste collection (bicycles) , public speaking (rucksaks, books and gadgets) ; three schools were awarded diplomas for special civic envolvemengt and budget allocation by the Municipality to start a selective collection and rest area in their yards. 586 volunteers were certified for their work along the  two project years.  

Many thanks to  The Municipal Theatre, County Library and partner colleges „Gh. Munteanu Murgoci”, “Ana Aslan”, “Edmond Nicolau”, “N. Iorga” , “Panait Cerna”, “Mihail Sebastian şi “Hariclea Darclee”from Braila as well as to  RoRec Romania and the Municipality for their support all along the conference and the follow up.

All was done with a hope that selective collection becomes a habit both for the municipality and the citizens in Braila and  other places and that circular economy where wastes become raw materials advances faster . 

Is it too much ?  It will be too little in the next 25 years


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