ekoTurysta and the real Janusz on the Polish beach 2022. WFOŚiGW in Gdańsk launched an educational campaign

The ecotourism social campaign of the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk was launched under the patronage of the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Pomeranian Voivode. It draws the attention of the inhabitants of the Pomeranian Voivodeship and tourists to the problem of pollution of coastal beaches, lakes and forests. The inauguration of the action took place on one of the most popular Tricity beaches – the bathing beach in Gdynia Orłowo. The meeting was attended, among others, by State Secretary at the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy Marcin Horała, Pomerania, Dariusz Drelich Voivodeship, President of the WFOŚiGW in Gdańsk Szymon Gajda.

The Pomeranian Voivodeship is one of the most chosen places for summer vacations. Beaches, sea, lakes, rivers, forests – attract crowds of holidaymakers. Clean water, clean air – these are the undisputed advantages of this region.

Everyone wants to relax in a clean and well-maintained place

– During the summer holidays we have the chance to spend more time with family and friends. Let’s use it to pass on good habits to our loved ones. Let’s make sure that the places where we rest are left in the condition we would like to find them ourselves. Let’s not forget that the waste we left behind will not disappear and will not only have a real impact on the aesthetics of a particular place, but can also become a real threat to fauna, flora and ourselves – said Minister of Climate and Environment Anna Moskwa.

– Polish beaches are very attractive. Not only domestic, but also foreign tourists rest there. For many people, a holiday on the Baltic Sea is an opportunity for a dream holiday. Everyone wants to rest in a clean and well-maintained place. We all need to make sure our bathing areas, waterfront recreational areas, in the woods and parks look like this. We have great beaches, lakes and forest complexes. And everywhere the same problem arises: waste left behind by holidaymakers. They are usually plastic, bottles, cans, cigarette butts. Local governments or forest areas spend huge amounts of money on cleaning these areas! They could be used for other purposes. The second problem is the environment. Such a cigarette butt lasts 10 years, an aluminum can – 200, and a foil pouch – 500 years. It is worth remembering all these numbers! And radically change your habits. No financial sanctions, but environmental responsibility should guide our actions – said Marcin Horała, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy, opening the ecoTurysta campaign.

ekoTurysta wants to educate everyone

It is important that holidaymakers leave nothing behind at their holiday destination. All waste must be deposited or taken with you in appropriate containers. Unfortunately, every year the problem of pollution of the Baltic Sea and recreational areas arises. With the ecoTurysta campaign, the Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Pomeranian Voivodship Office and the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk want to educate residents and tourists in this area.

– I am very happy to inaugurate the social campaign of the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk – ekoTurysta. Action that calls attention not only to the cleanliness of the beaches, but above all to make people aware that man is part of nature and nature is part of man. Only maintaining this harmony and balance gives us all a chance at a long and good life, in harmony and with respect for the environment. We have unique beaches, the stones in Jastrzębia Góra with the famous cliff coast tops many rankings, lakes, rivers and finally Kashubia with picturesque hills and valleys. That is why hundreds of thousands of tourists visit us every year. We want you to enjoy this wealth for as long as possible, but communicating with nature must mean deep respect for her. EcoTurysta is a person who understands nature, does not allow its destruction or pollution. I hope the campaign will help develop pro-environmental behavior and be the next step in building social sensitivity. Congratulations to the initiators and organizers – explained the Pomeranian Voivode Dariusz Drelich.

More than 200 tons of garbage is removed from the beaches of Gdynia every year

We have four seaside resorts in Gdynia: Babie Doły, Śródmieście, Redłowo and Orłowo. They are cleaned daily, raked regularly, the sand is sieved. The cleaning services usually find plastic drinking bottles, plastic bags, caps, cans, cigarette butts, popsicle sticks.

More than 200 tons of waste is removed from the beaches of Gdynia every year! Every year, the local government spends almost a million zloty on cleaning the beaches!

– The problem is serious. We are all responsible for the environment and the state of nature. First of all, a beach or a bathing beach is a functioning ecosystem, part of which becomes a person using its values. It is worth taking care of the cleanliness of rest areas. Remember that under the influence of UV radiation, sanding or the action of waves, plastic objects break down into smaller parts over time and eventually become micro-sized. They pose an enormous threat to the marine environment and therefore also to humans. That is why it is so important that we remember to remove waste from the beach and separate it properly. In Tricity alone, hundreds of tons of garbage are removed from the beaches by the sea every year! – stated Szymon Gajda – Chairman of the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk.

There are 440 waste bins in Gdynia’s four bathing areas. However, they are often overcrowded. Why? Plastic drink bottles, cans are not crushed and twisted and uncrushed packaging goes to garbage cans. Such a bin fills up quickly and holidaymakers leave waste next to the baskets.

There are legal consequences for litter in public places

A promotional film was made as part of the ecoTurysta campaign. The production humorously shows that leaving waste behind on beaches, forests or lakes is a real shame. Rafał Ostrowski, an actor from the Musical Theater in Gdynia, played the main role.

EcoTurysta is a development of last year’s project “I don’t throw garbage, I choose a clean beach”, which was also prepared by the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Gdańsk. The initiative received a lot of attention, both in local and national media.

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