GO GREEN IN JELSA

GO GREEN IN JELSA – THE ECO ISLAND FEST
This is the first festival of its kind on Hvar Island, which aims to raise awareness of local people and our guests about vital issues including sustainable dev

This is the first festival of its kind on Hvar Island, which aims to raise awareness of local people and our guests about vital issues including sustainable development, reducing and putting an end to environmental pollution, and rational, efficient use of the island’s natural assets. The festival’s varied educational programme is intended for children and adults, with workshops and eco clean-up actions, nordic walking, and plays and films reflecting environmental issues.

The festival has been launched on the initiative of the Jelsa Tourist Board, and will be an annual event, to be held at the end of September each year. All the festival activities and events are free of charge.

A wide range of participants from the local community are due to take part in the Eco Island Fest: the Hvar Town and Jelsa high schools; Jelsa’s kindergarten; the Jelsa Library and Reading-Room; the Jelsa Caterers’ Association; the non-profit associations ‘Trim’, ‘Moj Škoji’ (‘My Island’), and Eco Hvar; the Croatian Nordic Walking Association; Jelsa’s handball, rowing and football clubs; the Black Pearl and Nautilus diving clubs; the Fjori Fora Garden; Duška Mušić, Lucija Peronja Pavić, Željka Kozulić and Sara Radonić, along with many other individuals, backed by the local council and the waste management company.

The various workshops will be about sustainable development, sustainable waste management, emphasizing the power of cooperation and linking together for the good of the community. Children’s workshops will cover felting wool, recycling tyres, recycling paper, making new clothing items out of old t-shirts, making self-filling cat feeders and creating bio-balls for cleansing the sea of harmful micro-organisms.

The charitable association Eco Hvar is leading a project to set up cat feeding stations around the island and improving the care of street cats, at the same time raising awareness of our responsibilities towards the animals who share our environment. This project runs in tandem with the Jelsa Council donating the finance for sterilizing 50 stray cats.

For the third successive year there will be an eco-action to clean up the sea around Jelsa, Vrboska and the south side of Hvar, in collaboration with the ‘Nautilus’ and ‘Black Pearl’ Diving Clubs. These actions emphasize the importance of caring for our environment, in the context of ever-increasing rubbish pollution in the sea.

A clean-up operation on land is being organized by Jelsa’s Football, Rowing and Handball Clubs, with older children taking part. This ecological activity is also educational, as it teaches the children taking part how to take better care of the sea and natural resources around them in the future. It is vitally important to raise the level of awareness throughout the generations about caring for our environment and protecting our rich natural resources.

Rubbish management is a worldwide problem which needs resolving through a ‘bottom-up’ approach, by creating workable systems at local level in order to achieve global aims of improvement, especially in relation to marine pollution. Sea and land environments represent a single, unique whole with interlined eco-systems. It is definitely up to every individual to look after the environment, and this project aims to raise awareness of our responsibility.

The Jelsa Kindergarten staff, together with the children and their parents, are launching the project ‘Clothes and toys swap’, so that unwanted toys and outgrown clothes are passed on rather than being thrown away needlessly. While living without creating rubbish is a Utopian ideal, minor changes like these can bring about change in social habits, especially when children learn about them from the earliest age.

The workshops led by Lucija and Sara are also about re-using materials and giving them new life instead of needlessly buying new things. There are several benefits: children experience the satisfaction of creating new, usable and attractive items from old; some of the expense of buying new items may be spared; and less material is dumped into landfill.

The workshops with the Jelsa Library and Reading Room are designed to show the high school children how to evaluate information on the internet, and how to recognize fake news.

The ‘Trim’ Association is organizing practical workshops teaching children how to work with wool using dry felting with needles, also creative paper recycling, plus a lecture-demonstration about recycling old car tyres.

Eco Hvar’s presentation about cats, under the title ‘Cats, our friends’ consists of two parts. First there is the story of a street cat, accompanied by a puppet prop dancing to music. This is followed by a demonstration of how to construct a simple automatic cat-feeder for stray cats.

This is the second time Nordic Walking sessions over two days have been held in Jelsa. The aim is to encourage older and younger people alike to take part in an enjoyable outdoor activity. There are four routes through which, led by experienced guides, participants can get to know Hvar Island’s culture, its special characteristics, flora and fauna, and the local ways of life. Afterwards the Hvar High School will create a Story Map application on the routes covered in the Nordic Walking outings. The Story Map application will include gps coordinates, written descriptions and photographs. This will round off the project, and will allow people who did not take part in the guided Nordic Walking outings to explore the routes in whole or part themselves.

Apart from the workshops, presentations and ecological activities, the programme includes a showing in the Jelsa summer cinema of the film ‘I am Greta’, about the famous young activist who has alerted the world to the dangers of climate change and other environmental problems. The humanitarian play ‘For Perle’ will be staged in Jelsa’s Ceremonial Hall (in the Town Hall building), with all proceeds from the entrance tickets going to the children with special needs helped by Hvar’s ‘Perl’ charity.

The ‘Perla’ charity will also receive the proceeds from the ‘Dalmatina’ concert on the final evening of the festival, which, with the support of Jelsa’s hospitality representatives (restaurateurs and cafe owners), will be held on Jelsa’s main square (Pjaca) on Saturday October 2nd.



Prvi festival ovakve vrste na otoku Hvaru koji teži razvijanju svijesti gostiju i domicilnog stanovništva o održivom razvoju, smanjenju i zaustavljanju zagađenja okoliša i razumnu i učinkovitu eksploataciju prirodnih dobara. Festival je namjenjen djeci i odraslima uz različite edukacije, radionice eko akcije čišćenja, nordijskog hodanja, predstava i filmova povezanih s ovom tematikom.

Festival je pokrenut od strane Turističke zajednice općine Jelsa, te ga je u planu održavati svake godine krajem rujna. Radionice i cjelokupni program festivala je besplatan.

Na Eco island festu sudjeluje Srednja škola Hvar, Srednja škola Hvar – podružnica Jelsa, Dječji Vrtić Jelsa, Udruga Trim, Općinska knjižnica i čitaonica Jelsa, Ronilački klub Black Pearl, Ronilački klub Nautilus, Hrvatski Savez Nordijskog Hodanja, Fjori Fora Garden, Duška Mušić, Lucija Peronja Pavić, Sara Radonić, udruga ugostitelja Jelsa, udruga „Moj Škoj“, Udruga „Eco Hvar“, Rukometni klub „Jelsa“, Veslački klub „Jelsa“ i Nogometni klub „Jelsa“, i mnogi drugi pojedinci uz pomoć lokalne samouprave i komunalnog poduzeća.

Radionice koje će se odvijati usmjerene su ka održivom razvoju, održivom gospodarenju otpadom, snaga suradnje i povezivanje u službi zajednice, dječje radionice filcanja vune, recikliranje auto guma, reciklaža papira, izrada novog komada odjeće od starih majica, izrada bio kugli za čišćenje mikroorganizama u moru..

Udruga „Eco Hvar“ će urediti i napraviti hranilišta za mačke uz naglasak na brigu o napuštenim životinjama i našu odgovornost i zadaću u tome. S istim ciljem Općina Jelsa donirati će 50 besplatnih kastracija za mačke. Prezentacija o mačkama u organiziciji Udruge Eco Hvar pod nazivom: 'Mace naši prijatelji' sastoje se od priče jedne ulične mačke uz lutkarske rekvizite i glazbu te demonstracije izrade hranilice za samoživuće mačke.

Treća po redu eko akcija čišćenja podmorja bit će organizirana na području Jelse, Vrboske i južne strane otoka Hvara u suradnji sa Ronilačkim Klubom „Nautilus“ i Ronilačkim Klubom „Black Pearl“. Cilj ovog projekta jest promijeniti svijest o očuvanju okoliša stavljanjem naglaska na sve veću onečišćenost mora.

Kroz eko akcija čišćenja okoliša koja će biti organizirana od strane sportskih klubova i to: Nogometni Klub „Jelsa“, Veslački Klub „Jelsa“ i Rukometni Klub „Jelsa“ u kojoj će sudjelovati i djeca viših uzrasta. Osim ekološkog karaktera, ova eko akcija ima i edukativan učinak, te se djeca, sudionici uče izgradnji boljeg odnosa prema moru i prirodi u budućnosti, a sve s ciljem podizanja razine svijesti o važnosti očuvanja okoliša i prirode te povezivanja svih generacija i radi zaštite prirode i očuvanja prirodnih ljepota.

Komunalni otpad predstavlja jedan od ključnih globalnih problema kojeg je potrebno rješavati kroz bottom up pristup, rješavajući problem na lokalnoj razini doprinoseći globalnim ciljevima problematike morskog otpada. More i okoliš predstavljaju jednu jedinstvenu cjelinu međusobno povezanih ekosustava te je kao takvo odgovornost svakog pojedinca stoga je svrha ovog projekta podizanje svijesti o problematici otpada.

Dječji vrtić Jelsa će zajedno s roditeljima i djecom pokrenuti projekt „Razmjene dječje odjeće i igračaka“ na način da će zamoliti roditelje koji imaju viškove odjeće i igračaka koje ne koriste da ukažu na današnji trend nepotrebnog bacanja. Život bez otpada je jedan utopijski način života, ali kroz male stvari možemo mijenjati zajednicu, posebno ako krećemo od djece. Projekt „Sharing is caring“ koji ima i svoju fb stranicu za otok Hvar, primjer je dobre prakse za razmjenu odjeće.

Radionice s Lucijom i Sarom također su orijentirane iskorištavanju predmeta tako da im se udahne novi život i da nije potrebno kupovati nove stvari kada ih možemo od nekoliko starih predmeta dati im novi smisao ili vrijednost.

Radionica s Općinska knjižnica i čitaonica Jelsa usmjerena je ka upoznavanju djece srednjoškolske dobi s vrednovanjem informacija na internetu i prepoznavanje lažnih vijesti.

S udrugom „Trim“ djeca će naučiti rukovati sa vunom, na način da će se organizirati suho flicanje vune s iglicama, te kreativna reciklaža papira i pokazna radionica recikliranja auto-gume.

Kroz 2 dana nordijskog hodanja, koji se već 2. put održava u Jelsi, cilj je potaknuti kako starije, pa tako i mlađe stanovništvo na aktivno bavljenje sportom na otvorenom. Kroz 4 rute koje će gosti moći iskusiti uz pratnju vodiča koji će upoznati s kulturom otoka Hvara, njezinim posebnostima, florom i faunom, te načinu života otočana.. Srednja škola Hvar će nakon toga izraditi projekt Story Map aplikacije na rutama kroz koje će biti organizirano Nordijsko hodanje. Story Map aplikacija će uz gps koordinate, tekstualne opise i fotografije dati nadopunu ovom projektu, te će gosti koji nisu bili tijekom održavanja Nordijskog hodanja, moći ove rute i djelove puta odraditi sami uz pratnju aplikacije koja će biti kreirana od strane učenika Srednje škole Hvar.

Osim radionica, sportskih i ekoloških aktivnosti u Ljetno kino Jelsa bit će i predstavljen film „I am Greta“, a riječ je o mladoj aktivistici koja pokušava ukazati na to koliko su klimatske promjene opasne. Humanitarna predstava „ Za perle“ održati će se u četvrtak u Svečanoj dvorani Općine Jelsa, gdje će sav prihod od ulaznica biti namjenjen djeci iz udruge „Perla“ na otoku Hvaru, koja okuplja djecu s posebnim potrebama.

Završna večer će uz potporu Jelšanskih ugostitelja organizirati koncert „Dalmatina“ gdje će prihod biti namjenjen udruzi „Perle“. Koncert će se održati u subotu, 02.10.201.g. na Pjaci.

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