Community Involvement Report 2012
   

The story in numbers

115.000 Euro

Petrom`s financing for implementation of 23 community development projects

23

community development projects to be implemented

12.000

beneficiaries of the projects financed in ”Andrei`s Country”

7

counties were provided community financing

158

individuals employed by the beneficiary organizations and institutions

Rangers for nature

Nature now has trustworthy allies in the fight against pollution. In the Cozia National Park, 10 Junior Ranger clubs now act against aggression on the environment.

Do not even step on an ant. Never kick a mushroom. Never scratch the bark of a tree. Never throw any garbage. Walk only on marked paths and routes. These are just a few tenets of the ”Code of Ethics Concerning Human Behavior in the Wilderness”, which the members of the 10 Junior Ranger clubs in the Cozia National Park learned by heart during the project ”We don`t trade green for garbage”.

About 150 students and 20 teachers actually worked in the project and acquired new knowledge about protected natural areas and particularly about the Cozia National Park. ”Each team, no matter the school, was organized around leaders. Although competition inside or between the clubs was never a goal, we noticed that the students treated each activity like a competition, in order to better themselves and to uncover as many of nature`s secrets as possible”, says Gabriela Deneș, representative of the Mountain Tourism Association ECO -ŢURŢUDAN Brezoi – the organization that received Petrom’s financing after taking part in the monthly project competition from ”Andrei`s Country”.

”Moreover (the students) asked us, the grown-ups, whether there were laws to punish those who harm nature”

As is the case when a competition is carried out objectively, based on performance, everybody had something to win. Besides raising awareness within the local community and with the general public, the project was also a great opportunity for teachers to carry out extracurricular activities. Moreover, the educational impact on students was significant, considering that their ordinary curriculum does not include important details about wild flora and fauna and the need to protect nature.

”The partnership with the environmental NGO and the Administration of the Cozia National Park had an important educational impact on the schools involved in the project. On their own, many junior ranger clubs created their own ”green spot” in their schools, with photos and certificates, to inform all students and teachers on their educational activities”, explains Gabriela Deneș.

The example set by the Junior Rangers will also have a significant impact on their own communities, if we consider the large numbers of relatives and friends who find out about the students` activities and, in their turn adopt a responsible behavior towards the environment.

”Small and hardworking hands cleaned the wonderful face of the Cozia Mountain...”

One of the most important results of the program is that, after becoming part of it, the pupils want to get out into the wilderness as often as possible, and to help protect it. ”Small and hardworking hands cleaned the wonderful face of the Cozia Mountain, taking away the garbage left by visitors who came here to relax. Moreover, they asked us, the grown-ups, whether there were laws to punish those who harm nature”, reminisces Gabriela Deneș.

Actually the tiny rangers from the ”Forest Saviors Club” in Brezoi also devised a plan to clean an area of the Cozia National Park: call the company whose letterhead appeared on all waste papers in the area and make it take away the garbage. ”All that waste was probably brought here with a truck” says the representative of the Mountain Tourism Association ECO -ŢURŢUDAN Brezoi, with a tinge of anger in her voice.

But things won`t stop here: the 2012 foundation of the 10 Junior Ranger Clubs will support future environmental actions and represent a model of environmental education for the younger generations. The following joint action of the 10 Junior Ranger Clubs took place this May, on the day of the Cozia National Park.

”Our partnership with the involved schools will continue over the following years, in order to maintain the long term existence and activity of the clubs founded through the project ”We don`t trade green for garbage”, concludes Gabriela Deneș.

”Our partnership with the involved schools will continue over the following years, in order to maintain the long term existence and activity of the clubs founded through the project «We don`t trade green for garbage»”
In February 2012, the project ”We don`t trade green for garbage” was declared a winner in the project competition ”Andrei`s Country”. It is just one of many examples of involvement by enterprising Romanians. Through the projects’ competitions within the platform ”Andrei`s Country – Your Town (for the external public) and Petrom City (exclusively dedicated to company employees) – 23 community development projects were financed in 2012. Some of the awarded initiatives: programs of preventive autism diagnosis testing for more than 2,000 children, educational integration programs for disabled children, tooling up and refurbishing of educational institutions or green areas, cultural and educational activities, setting up vocational counseling centers, providing equipment to cultural institutions (The Museum of Astronomy in Bârlad), or improvement of medical conditions in community hospitals. Here you can read several stories that became reality in ”Andrei`s Country”.
Community Involvement Report 2012
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