Our environment, our homes, our countries, our planet are in desperate need of our attention and it all starts at home.  The simplest changes in our daily routines can make such a great difference.

Our Environmental department concerns itself with a variety of environmental issues, and although all of them are important, our main focus for the current period is:

Biodiversity:  Protecting all life forms on our planet and researching new species.  Learning from our planet and its life and also conserving and projecting all elements of biodiversity to ensure sustainability and longevity for all ecosystems and life forms.

Animal and Nature protection and conservation:  Preserving all species and their habitats and monitoring the human impact on these ecosystems.

Climate Change and global warming:  Words we all hear every day but so few understand its real meaning.  A debated topic all over the world but one thing is for sure that it is as a direct result of human activity.  As humans cause the problem it is also humans who can solve the problem.  Through knowledge and understanding we can work together to fight against climate change and global warming.

Global Dimming:  A less known phenomenon but equally important.  Again a phenomenon that is caused by human development and can be solved by human intervention. 

Pollution: As we develop as humans we seem to increase the amount of waste products and this has a detrimental effect on our environment.  Our forests, our roads, our beaches and even our seas and oceans are filled with pollutants, and although we might think they are out of site they come back to haunt us in our foods.  We are not only talking about illegal dumping and chemical dumping, even a plastic bag that finds its way into the oceans and results in the death of a 100 year old turtle is a significant enough piece of pollution we need to take into consideration.   

Habitat Destruction for human development:  As our populations grow we need to expand our cities to allow for more housing for humans, and the cost is the destruction of habitats and ecosystems leading to the extinction of so many species.  We need to learn to coexist with the other species of this planet so that we can survive as well. 

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"Where do I belong?" Youth Exchange - Romania was one of the most beautiful and succesful experiences I have had so far. I feel truly grateful for each and every person, story and moment we shared. The knowledge gained, the learning outcomes and engagement of participants was inspiring. The quality of each national team stood out throughout the entire project as the group dynamic grew with each day. WDIB was yet another amazing chance to work close to OTI representatives, to absorb their know-how and to gain new skills, as the involvment of each participant was taken care of, offering a feeling of empowerment and involvement. On a logistical level, the organising was spot on and each impediment was solved in a natural way, as part of the learning process. The chemistry we, as facilitators, felt was impressive and it gave us even more reasons to feel like it is worth it to keep going and to make the change we wish to make. After participating in many Eramus + projects, I can truly say this was one of the very best. This gives me hope and excitement for what is yet to come. Where do I belong? Where people as beautiful as those on this project are :) Thank you, OTI!!!

Teo Sarbu from Romania - "Where Do I Belong"

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