October 18, 2019 – Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has replied to an Erasmus+ team of students from Primary school Popovac, encouraging them to continue their activities with their friends from Norway, Turkey and Romania against plastic pollution.
The students from Baranja wrote a letter in which they wanted to hear her thoughts about problems related to using too much plastic in our everyday lives and asked her to talk more in public speeches about that huge problem.
Also, they invited her to join them at the conference next April in the Norwegian city of Bergen, where they will meet with other students from European school to discuss plastic pollution.
In her reply, the President wrote that she is happy to know that each day more and more young people in Croatia are aware of the importance of taking care of the environment. She added that during her recent visit to New York, she spoke at the UN General Assembly about the topic of environmental pollution, especially of the sea in which people throw away a lot of different trash. To world leaders she mentioned the good example of the Croatian island Zlarin.
Their 300 local citizens made huge and very important changes in the fight against plastic pollution.
„I’m satisfied that our President is aware that plastic pollution in our rivers, seas and oceans is one of the biggest threats that humans are fighting against. I never thought that someone so important would reply to us students from such a small school,“ said eighth-grade student Lucija.
„It’s a little bit sad that our President can’t travel with us to Norway. It would be so cool to meet her. Her reply is another motivation for us to keep participating in all activities as part of this important project in which each of us with our hearts and way of thinking dedicates time to taking care of our environment,“ added sixth-grade student Ivano.
The President’s letter made many students very happy. They gathered in the school’s library where they read it a few times with disbelief. They decided to put this letter into a frame. Other students from Norway, Turkey and Romania are also eagerly awaiting the next mobility where students from Baranja will proudly show the letter and translate all the encouraging words from the Croatian president.