4 R SUPERHERO – Reduce – Recycle – Reuse – Refuse Plastic. Secondary School Nr. 1 Lehliu- Gara,

Our project, named 4 R SUPERHERO, started from a pupil’s question: “Mrs, I saw on television that a baby pilot whale was found dead on Thailand’s coast and in his body they found a large quantity of approximately 8 kg of plastic! How did the plastic get there?” What can we do? We looked for all the possible answers, we discovered them together and although we only are a drop in the ocean, we decided to start this project to reduce the quantity of plastic, to recycle, to reuse and last but not least, to refuse plastic, the plastic bag at the store.

We recycled all the older clothing, we sewed fabric bags, and afterwards we looked for volunteers among parents and grandparents to sew. We then gave these bags as a gift to our colleagues from school and to people on the street.

A story of change facilitated by Mrs Rucareanu Ioana

List the problems identified by the pupils:

- Lack of an events hall

- Bins for selective garbage collection

- Lack of water fountains

- Lack of a playground in the school yard

- Bullying

- Green space almost nonexistent around school

- The stress generated by tutoring classes

- Pollution triggered by the Bunge Factory

- Garbage on the street and in the park

- A large number of dogs without owner

- Parents living abroad

- Little time spent with parents

- Commuting for pupils who come from neighboring villages

Explain what problem was chosen to be solved and why.

Pupils involved in this activity, study in this school year the optional module “Eco-Education for Green Schools”, where they learn about Sustainable Development, about a sustainable life and how to protect the environment. Hence, they shifted their attention towards environmental problems from the village they live in. First they identified sources of pollution from the town Lehliu-Gara, and then, they focused on the number one cause – plastic pollution.

What people are most affected by this problem? What is bothering them?

Generally speaking, both the kids and the adults are bothered by this problem and last but not least, the living creatures around us! Pupils from school were interviewed with regards to this issue and they established to solve this through ways available to them!