The Strossmayer Park, popularly known as Đardin, the city's central park, was buzzing with activities that attracted a large number of people, mostly children who could look at fish and shellfish, take ride at the can recycling bicycle or take part in a number of games and quiz shows.
“The Mediterranean Monk Seal is an endangered species because people have destroyed its home, they threw a lot of garbage into the sea, and now there is very few of the”, “In no case should we throw plastic waste into the sea because animals can get poisoned and beached” – all of this could be heard on Saturday morning from children’s mouths after a workshop entitled “Anuška, Mediterranean Monk Seal” organised by the “Mala filozofija” association in Đardin within the Mediterranean Coast Day celebration. Several workshops were organised adapted to the age of the children but the theme was the same for all: Mediterranean flora and fauna and environmental protection. With their questions, imaginative jokes and interesting conclusions, the children brightened up the park.
“Mala filozofija” endeavoured to provide the visitors with valuable information although in a casual, entertaining way and they organised three more activities: “Photo hunting” for teenagers – an interactive game of looking for and taking pictures of given objects “hidden” in the city centre, educational quiz show “What do I know about the Mediterranean?” and a tournament “Mediterranean” for elementary-school children.
“The association deals mostly with teh development of critical thinking, and we are now preparing a research project about the presence of ecological themes in school programmes” – said Bruno Ćurko, chairman of “Mala filozofija” and professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split. He has also announced the imminent publication of a book with fifty photographs by Stipe Surać, whose exhibition “Legends of the Mediterranean” can be visited at the Gallery of the Split City Museum the opening of which marked the beginning of this year’s Mediterranean Coast Day celebration.
The “ReCan” foundation presented a project “ReCan bicycle: cycling to the first stadium of can racycling”. Anybody could try riding the bicycle. “The project is intended as a link between can producers, drins distributors, consumers, waste collecting companies and recycled materials collection centres” explained Milic Vujović, project coordinator for Montenegro. She informed us that aluminium cans can be recycled 100%, whereas it takes more than 200 years for them to biodegrade.
There was a lot of “traffic” at the stand of the University Department of Marine Studies where it was possible to look through magnifying glass and see the texture of sea urchins, clams and crabs, as well as see some species in the aquarium. Due to increasing sea water temperature marine ecosystem changes and in the recent years some new, invasive species have been noted, such as invasive oysters, as explained by Jelena Nejašmić of the University Department of Marine Studies.
At relevant promotional stands, activities were presented of PAP/RAC, organiser of the Mediterranean Coast Day, and their partners: Hydrogrphic Institute of Croatia, Public institution RERA S.D. for coordination and development of the Split-Dalmatia County, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Maritime Studies, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, Institute “Plavi svijet”, association “Sunce”, CEDRA, Kaštela Town Museum and High School “Vladimir Nazor”.
For those who could not stroll through Đardin on Saturday, all stands will be open again on Sunday, September 23 between 4 and 7:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, September 25 between 2 and 5 p.m. See you there!”