new Footprints project Green Patrols
year, Project Footprints in partnership
with Riga's Technical University and with the support
of the European Program: Interreg III B, we are embarking
on a new
project known as Green Patrols.
Green Patrols have been established on the basis
of public initiative through the cooperation of Project
Footprints and Riga's Technical University.
Their task is to carry out a study of green zones (parks, forests, lakes and
rivers) and other territories.
In carrying out a survey of the public to clarify the real situation regarding
environmental pollution and the problems arising from it.
In carrying out informal public education, the Green Patrols are undertaking
a social initiative to care about the surrounding environment which is the
common property of every one of us and
to notify the public and responsible institutions and office-holders regarding
the results of our work.
Green Patrols do not enforce penalties upon discovering an offence on the spot.
Their duty is to notify the police about the offence or the potential likelihood
The involvement of those taking part in the Green Patrols in nature conservation,
public information and informal education will promote a reduction in the pollution
of nature, public education and joint responsibility and involvement in the
resolution of environment problems.
Vita Jaunzeme, Head of Project Footprints, author of the
idea behind the Green Patrols:
Right now, the necessity for public involvement in nature conservation has
become a hot topic to such an extent that the active participation of the population
is required to reduce the pollution of nature. We have to discover our responsibility
within ourselves along with the motivation to transform ourselves from passive
observers into active defenders of our rights because every one of us has
the to seek out the right to: breathe fresh air and enjoy pristine nature within
ourselves. Nature will never really be a private item and property belonging
to some specific individual. I would very much desire that each individual
with whom I am forced to share one era and space would understand the reciprocal
connection to my activity and that of everybody else in this realm will prove
to be a benefit or loss to all of us. Therefore, I invite everybody to think
about the priorities in our lives and to occasionally donate our time, energy
and resources to ensure that nature is our source of inspiration and health
for as long as possible. Many thanks to Riga's Technical University and personal
thanks to Professor Dagnija Blumberga and I wish the Green Patrols
On October 15, demonstrating their support and helping
to promote the clean-up and forests in Riga, as well
as to generate attention for public education purposes,
together with the very best students, well-known
and highly-esteemed figures will embark on a Green
Environment Minister Raimonds Vējonis, Olympic Committee
Vrubļevskis, Olympians' Club President Inese
Jaunzeme, Olympian Arturs Irbe, Professor Dagnija
Blumberga, director and journalist Vija Beinerte , Baiba
Sipeniece and others.
Meeting up on October 15 at 14:00 at the RTU Faculty
at Kronvalda bulvāris 1.
Wishing you the greenest thoughts, Your Project
Footprints, tel. 29835605
more trees in Riga.
In 2007, the Project Footprints got involved in
a global campaign organized by the UNEP One Billion
Trees for the Planet and this year with the support
of Latvian State Forests, we have already planted
around 2,800 trees in schools, local government territories
This Friday, in response to concerned letters from residents regarding trees
being sawn as a result of the construction of the new Jugla highway, Footprints is
organizing a tree-planting work session together with the Executive Directorate
of Riga City Council's Vidzeme Administrative District.
Taking part will be employees from the Executive Directorate and activists from
the Footprints work group.
We plan to plant around 20 trees at the terminus of the route 6 tram.
Meeting up on October 5 at 15:00 at the terminus of the route 6 tram in Jugla.
Also taking part in the clean-up operation will be RCC Environmental Department
Director, Askods Kļaviņš and Olympian, Aigars Fadejevs .
World Champion weightlifter Viktors Šcerbatihs has also promised to plant his
own tree (a red-leafed oak) thus helping to promote ideas about the introduction
of a Sports Fame Park in Riga. More information will follow...
autumn in Valmiera, Project Footprints organized
the Green Walk on September 22.
We cleaned up the territory from the Vanšu Bridge to the Kazu
Rapids. This is a popular leisure and walking territory, because it is
located close to the centre. However, at the same time it is natural and
fresh as a result of close proximity to pine forests.
More that 40 participants from various age groups took part in the clean-up
operation. 7 m3 of waste was collected, 5 containers were prepared and installed
and 4 trees were planted.
Jānis Daliņš, son of the famous sportsman of the same name was an active participant
in the clean-up operation, as well as a representative from the Municipality
of Valmiera - Kristīne Tropa.
The clean-up operation was fun for all involved, full of active and creative
work and blessed by sunny weather.
The organizers of this clean-up operation: "Delve 2" and "Austris" stores,
SIA "Triāls", "Valmieras mēbeles" and the "Northern
Vidzeme Waste Management Organization and the Vidzeme Olympic Centre.
Saturday, September 15, Cēsis hosted a CAMPAIGN
CLEAN-UP OPERATION jointly organized by Project
Footprints and Cēsis
During the clean-up operation, we cleaned up several important places popular
with the general public. We were joined on the walk by: Juris Žagars, Gundega
Skudriņa, Andžela Brice, Zane Rozīte, Kristīne Garklāva and other residents
187 people took part in the clean-up operation. Thank you to everybody
who took part!
Special thanks to Cēsis City Council!
Gallery Footprints stroll into Cēsis 15.09.2007 >
The organization of the clean-up operation was supported by:
Project Footprints, Cēsis City Council, SIA Fēnikss ZG, SIA Cīruļkalns,
guest house Rakši, SIA Stingers, SIA ZAAO, SIA Ragn Sells, SIA Jumis,
i/k Debesīs, Latvias Green Belt, Cēsis Sports School, Vidzeme History
and Tourism Centre and the Cēsis Culture Centre.
Information backers: Radio 3, periodical: Druva.
| Project Footprints begins the 2007 autumn season
with two clean-up operations for students
August 31 in partnership with the LU Modern
Around 100 people took part in the clean-up operation
and 24 m3 of rubbish was collected.
September 1 - in partnership with LU Economics
Around 80 people took part in the clean-up operation
and 32 m3 of rubbish was collected.
The Suburb of Latgales garden district by the
Daugava was cleaned up.
Many thanks to everybody who took part and did
not take fright!!
partnership with Project Footprints, The
British Embassy in Riga has found the 6 best schools in Latvia that done
the most to reduce their impact on the climate.
The winners were found through a competition named
''The Green Triangle Battle'' during which pupils
reduced their schools ecological footprint by
carrying out simple measures. 7 tons of waste paper
was collected during the competition and a self-prepared
flyer provided information to the local community
on how to save resources both environmental and
financial, cloth bags were sewn and distributed,
newspapers were published, a significant quantity
of electricity was saved, the sorting of waste
was commenced and project weeks were organized
on the environment and its protection etc.
Following visits by Embassy and Footprints representatives
to schools, it was ascertained that the best Latvian
· Briežuciems Primary School
· Skaistkalne Secondary School
· Zemgale Secondary School
· Āgenskalns Preparatory School
· Priežmala Primary School
· Gulbīša Secondary School
The British Ambassador in Latvia,
Ian Bond joined
the decorated heroes from the One Billion Trees
for the Planet campaign in planting a birch grove
at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum.
July 7-23, 2007, by now traditionally Project Footprints
organized the cycle tour Kr. Barons Route
This is a 1040 km long route that Krišjānis Barons carried out on
foot at a time when he was studying at the University of Tartu in Estonia.
Start - Tartu
Finish - Dundaga
Participation fee - none
May 12, Project Footprints concluded its spring season
of activities with Family beautification events across
Achievements so far this
14. Beautification Event in TALSI
In partnership with Virbi Parish Council.
17. Beautification Event in TALSI
In partnership with Talsis Primary School.
18. Beautification Event in Riga at Ziepniekkalns
In partnership with Riga
City Council , Latvia's
Green Point and the Zemgale Regional Executive Directorate.
25. Students' Beautification Event in VALMIERA
In partnership with Valmiera City Council.
26. Beautification Event for STUDENTS
In partnership with Riga
City Council and the Latgale Suburb Executive Directorate,
Beautification Event in Dārziņi
29. Beautification Event in ANDREJSALA
Beautification Event + tree planting campaign 1=2
= we plant two trees in place of one felled trees.
In partnership with Latvian State Forests
Beautification Event in JELGAVA!
Beautification Event in Anniņmuiža Park. In partnership with Riga
City Council and the Kurzeme Suburb Executive Directorate,
and Beautification Event in Ezermalas iela with RTU Transport and machine
Family Day Beautification Event throughout Latvia
Family Beautification Event. In
partnership with the Ministry of Children's and
Family Affairs and
the portal Draugiem.lv
On May 12 this year within the parameters
of Family Day, Project Footprints in
partnership with the Ministry of Children's
and Family Affairs and the portal: Draugiem.lv invited
all of Latvia's municipalities and residents
to engage in the beautfication of Latvia, inviting
residents together with their families to beautify
their cities and places of birth.
The following muncipalities and towns accepted
our invitation and Beautification Events took
- Gulbene District, Beļavas Parish
- Nīkrāce Parish Council
- Youth Centre "Bāze" in
partnership with the Gulbene Beautification
- Alūksne District Virešu Parish
- Koknese Parish " Family
support day centre "
- Vangažu City -
2 Beautification Events
- Līksnas Parish
- Saldus District Jaunlutriņu primary
- Gulbene District Tirza primary
- Bēne Parish,
Dobele District .
- Saldus District
Gaiķu Parish Council
- Krāslava District Robežnieku Parish
- Ludza City
- Malta young family society "Hestija"
- Nautrēnu Parish
municipality, Rēzekne District
- Sabile, Pedvāle
- Kuldīga District Turlava Parish
- Bauska District Gailīšu Parish
- Aizkraukle District, Jaunjelgava
- Valmiera District, Kauguru Parish
- Ziemeru Parish
- Stalbe Parish
- Nīkrāce Parish
- Saldus District Gaiķu Parish
the beautification events, territories were
cleaned up, trees were planted each city
received 3 trees as part of the One Billion
Trees for the Planet campaign and a creative
competition was organised.
April 28, 29 in Riga, the Doma Square hosted an exhibition
People. The Environment. The City, which
is unusual due to the fact that the exhibition was
created from degraded, that is, finite materials.
The exhibition concept was based on the main accent
of this year's Footprints Project - saving resources.
to the global campaign announced by the UNEP One Billion
Trees for the Planet
Footprints presented trees to schools and municipalities.
During this campaign, whose goal is to plant 1000 000
000 000 trees on the planet during 2007 and which will
take place throughout the year, at present approximately
1500 trees have been planted and the following institutions
have taken part:
1. Alūksne District Trapene primary school
2. Alūksne City primary school
3. Aizkraukle District, Pērse primary school
4. Aizkraukle City primary school
5. Aizkraukles District Zalves primary school
6. Balvu District Vectilžas primary schools
7. Balvi District, Baltinava Christian special boarding
8. Bauska District, Skaistkalne secondary school
9. Cēsis District, Drabešu boarding primary school
10. Cēsis District, Stalbe secondary school
11. Cēsis District, Rozula primary school
12. Cēsis District, Drabeši primary school
13. Cēsis District Taurene primary school
14. Daugavpils District, Līvani 2nd secondary school
15. Daugavpils District, Saliena secondary school
16. Dobele District Bukaiši primary school
17. Dobele District, Krimūni primary school
18. Dobele District, Augstkalne secondary school
19. Gulbene District, Kr.Valdemāra primary school
20. Gulbene District Tirza primary school
21. Gulbene District, Druviena primary school
22. Jelgava District, Vilce primary school
23. Jelgava District, Aizupes primary school
24. Jelgava District, Ozolnieki secondary school
25. Jēkabpils 2nd secondary school
26. Jēkabpils District Dignāja primary school
27. Jēkabpils primary school
28. Jēkabpils District, "Sprīdīši"
29. Krāslava District, Priežmala primary school
30. Kuldīga 2nd secondary school
31. Kuldīga District Padure Parish primary school
32. Kuldīga District Ēdoles primary school
33. Liepāja District Vecpils primary school
34. Liepāja District, Grobiņa Parish primary school
35. Liepāja District, Aizpute secondary school
36. Līksna Parish
37. Limbaži 3rd secondary school
38. Līvāni 2nd secondary school
39. Ludza District, Mežvidu primary school
40. Ludza District Pušmucova primary school
41. Madonas District Degumnieki primary school
42. Ogre District, Suntaži secondary school
44. Rīgas 19. secondary school
45. Rēzekne District, Rēznas primary school
46. Rēzekne District Kalnezeru Catholic primary school
47. Rēzekne District, Sakstagala primary school
48. Rēzekne District, Adamova sanatorium boarding primary
49. Rēzekne District Rikava primary school
50. Rēzekne District Ilzeskalns Municipality and Ilzeskalna
52. Valmiera Stalbe Parish Council
Footprints in partnership
The British Embassy in Latvia
in declaring 2007 as the year of saving resources,
is offering cloth bags
Tree planting campaign PLANT FOR THE PLANET in
Project Footprints together with UNEP in the Campaign
Billion Trees for the Planet
Footprints invites to visit opening of the exhibition
on the Dome Square.
On the 28 st of April this year the Project
Footprints organizes an action I for my city,
- The exhibition Human.
Environment. City., to be opened on
the Dome Square, the beginning of the exhibition
- Also there will be launched
a tree- planting campaign Billion tree
- The exhibition, formed by students
of art secondary schools and schools from all regions
of Latvia, using recyclable materials, in Riga
will be open only for 2 days on the 28 st April
on the Dome Square and
on the 29 nd April on Andrejsala, where
at the same time there will be arranged the cleaning
up joint work. Beginning of the joint work at 12.00
The idea of the exhibition is to attract public attention
to the city environment, human and entailed industrial
interrelations, environmental problems, relations between
human and nature in urban context, also to instigate
people to care for nature resources and to conserve
environment, which significant part is the very human
Visitors on the day of opening of the exhibition on
the Dome Square will have an opportunity to participate
in creative workshops, managed by writers, artists
and musicians Gundega Repše, Aivars Eipurs,
Ronalds Briedis, Inga Gaile, Agnese Krivade, Patrīcija
Brekte, Uģis Vītiņš.
In parallel with the exhibition, creative workshops
and presentation of trees there will take place also
a concert with participation of Imants
Daksis, Riga Dancing Clu, a folklore
group Grodi, bands The
Briefing, Bez PVN, Lietotas
mēbeles no Holandes, Trakmēness.
event will be conducted by Raimonds
The exhibition has been organized with partial funding
of the INTERREG III A Program.
Backing: SEB Unibanka,
Latvian Environmental Protection Fund, Riga City Council,
RC Cultural Department, Andrejsala, Latvian State Forest,
Information support: 5min, DELFI, StarFM.
Work On People!
Interview with Martins Rubenis >>
environment that is cleaned up personalises the environment
each of us lives in.
the environment and children - Interview
with Arturs Irbe >>
"Snowmens Meeting in Latvia" >>
Environment our common home
New and never made before Education Program
for establishments, enterprises and organizations
In this year spring-like winter a larger part of the society has to set
greater attention to environment and climate related matters.
Taking into consideration topicality and necessity to comprehend interrelationship
of environment, the Environmental Educational Project
a new, never made before opportunity to enterprises, organizations and
establishments to educate their employees in environmental matters.
This is a great opportunity for enterprises, establishments and organizations
to show concernment in improvement of our common environment and in educating
their employees, at the same time to give a shine to enterprises prestige,
for environmental concern becomes more and more topical, more necessary
and more popular.
Arranging the said action the Project Footprints hopes not only to educate wider,
then before, layers of society in elementary issues, but also to attract
attention of adults to environmental educational issues, which up to now
havent been touched and solved a lot, therefore we do hope that this action
will gain wide sympathy, developing a new environmental educational sector,
which will cover all groups of the society.
of the Project Footprints to establishments and organizations >> read
order to improve the situation in the sphere of environmental
education and environment awareness, the Embassy
of Great Britain in Latvia in cooperation with the
Project Footprintsarranges a project contest "Green
The same as in sports, also here schools will participate
in a contest that will combine sectors, which can be
presented as separate disciplines, but three of them
will altogether have the greatest effect.
Schools should elaborate a project, which will cover
1) education of students in environmental matters (called
in Regulations as heading work), which shall be implemented
by schools at their own expense (for details see Regulations)
2) saving resources and recycling
3) reduction of impact on climate.
Details are rendered in the Regulations.
The enclosed form of the project and the estimate are
nonbinding, participants may develop individual forms,
but enclosure of below questionnaire points is compulsory.
It is necessary to take into consideration that prior
to submission of the project the
application questionnaire MUST be sent, otherwise a school project shall not be
Contest Green Triathlon Regulations
Application Questionnaire on Project Contest
Project Footprints invites school pupils and
students to participate in creation of a new issue about
The issue, which continues traditions of our already existing Project's
Footprints newspaper, is a great opportunity to active, creative and close to journalism
young people to speak about environment, at the same time getting and accruing
experience in journalism.
Published works will be screened in a form of contest, proceeding from the
regulations, published below.
The contest will be carried out in the course of the year in various terms,
each of them will be announced asunder at the homepage of Footprints, the
first term 15th February.
Save Our Planet! Regulations
Projects Footprints this seasons joint work has
been finished, the work itself keeps out of winter
sleep yet and doesnt cover with white snow waste
thrown and left on banks of ditches, in parks.
For a long time students and teachers of the Agenskalna
Primary School have fought such piggishness, either publishing
information and pictures about the situation in their
neighborhood or applying to us with ideas on necessity
of another joint work.
And so on the 7th of December in the afternoon another
joint work occurred!!!
Thanks to the Executive Direction of Kurzeme region
for support and THANKS to all those, who participated!!!
It was good, at least, that the weather was dampish.
A teacher Andris Gabranovs (our teacher), saw about
gloves and bags, THANKS a lot for that. Then we started
to gather waste in the Anninmuiza park. In the beginning
nobody found a lot for the wood wasnt too dirty. So
in a while we heard from one class: my bag is full.
Then we went deeper into the wood and, Oh, God, all
sorts were there. Tyres, pipes, mattresses, shelves
etc. Then somebody said pshaw, Ive found pampers!,
then I found a dead dove (a very nasty look).We found
seven tyres and a wheel of Soviet times. We could gather
a whole auto. Beate un Darta found a large pit with
waste, formed by residents of private houses in order
not to pay for garbage disposal. We had also two singers
Anna and Beate. Jane and Liva were particularly dirty,
and Janis did his best and got a small award. Everybody
tried and did what they could. The most painful thing
was that we were the only one class and one from another
class from our Agenskalna Primary School. But if to
think well, we do this for ourselves despite those,
who litter nature. Even if there would be many wreckers
of nature and litter-louts we will fight to a finish.
If people do nothing and dont gather waste, wed walk
on one large waste bomb, called EARTH. Big Pshaw to
those, who think that garbage is a trifle not worth
to spot. Shame to those, who, when walking on a road,
litter, but also there are people, who notice and scrutinize
everything, gather and litter into right place. We
should take care of the environment where we live.
We are children, CHILDREN OF NATURE. We are happy that
we can tidy up what others left unattended.
Zane Valle, 6b class
Work Photo Gallery >>
Project Footprints invites residents, schools, higher
schools and establishments, so that to facilitate cleanness
of our common environment, to send to us information:
about untidy places in our surroundings,
lawless actions with regard to environment,
and appeal to cooperation so that we could jointly change something.
Please, send information to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
meeting in Latvia!!
The Project Footprints in cooperation with
the mission of the organization Friends of the Earth
in Finland throughout winter months arranges an action
Snowmen vote, with the help of which it hopes to
attract public attention to saving of resources and
During the action residents, representatives of organizations,
establishments and enterprises shall be invited to
make in yards of buildings, parks and squares snowmen,
using for decoration natural materials and which in
hands (next to, on heads, signs at necks etc.) would
hold captions, reflecting attitude towards inexpedient
usage of resources, for instance, I vote against plastic
bags!, I vote for waste regaining!, I vote for
saving of water and electricity, I vote against salt
on roads, I vote for ants in cities etc.
The campaign is planned throughout winter months, starting
when weather is favorable, at the end of the action
the jury, comprised of the Footprints, municipality,
publicly well-known people, as well as representatives
of mass media, will assess the job done. Therefore
participants are invited to send photos of snowmen
and addresses of their location to email@example.com
In Finland, where representatives of the Project
Footprints work actively, such snowmen actions have been taking
place for already two years, drawing attention to changes
of climate, involving cities in Finland and other countries
(Estonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Norway, Sweden,
Slovenia) and gaining huge sympathy. Unlike the campaign
arranged here, in Finland it is being organized as
a two-day event. More information about the day of
snowmen in Finland you can find here.
snowmen action in Finland looks like this see
Lana Saksone, Project Footprints, +37126951377, firstname.lastname@example.org
| I International Conference - "Environmental and Sport Education for Sustainable Development"
CONFERENCE RESOLUTION >>
| Project Footprints starts vigorous activities in the regions!
To popularize and accomplish the most efficient non-formal environment education, the environment and education Project Footprints started vigorous activities in the regions. Continuing that commenced during five years of activities this time the project Project Footprints also involves the most active public the youth.
We invite people from all Latvian regions who confirm the necessity of non-traditional environment education and the lack thereof in the periphery of Latvia to co-operate during a week with school No.85 that has responded already to the call. At present the schools that have responded already receive parcels with the informative materials, very soon there will be announced the arranged competitions and the local consulting activities will be carried out to form teams. The schools that have not applied yet may do it writing by e-mail address email@example.com, it is possible to receive the materials at the address: Gleznotāju iela 4, Riga, having preliminary kept in touch.
Co-operation with regional schools will draw attention to the environment problems, driving the youth to think over and change their mind looking at themselves and the environment; simultaneously facilitating the all-round and full value development of pupils individuality that can not be conceived without the environment education.
| On November 3-4, 2006 there took place a special plenary meeting arranged by students local administration of the Latvian Arts Academy at Pavilosta Peleka dune.
The plenary meeting was aimed at reflecting the relationship between the nature and a person. The main attention during this plenary meeting was paid to the territory, where Peleka dune gradually transfers into the woodland dune and boreal woods, which also represented the protected area of European significance.
Pavilostas Peleka dune is the widest grey dune in Latvia. Its area is 812 meters (usually it is 5-10 meters wide, which is eighty times more than anywhere else grey dune located at the territory of the state. Formation of the nature restricted area in such the territories all over Europe is the practice taken for granted, and the legal nuances related to it have also been stipulated by Latvian legislation, however be the reason of unknown consideration it does not come into effect in full or by no means implemented.
Presentation material >
5th year completed!
With the September 26 event that took place at Ķīpsala Hall, the environmental and educational project Footprints concluded its seasonal activity for the year 2006 which was the fifth during the history of its existence.
(Ķīpsalas iela 8)
On the 16th of September joint work for families, for you and your friends!
Within the framework of the action Clean Up the World
This action is the last one this season, where you will have opportunity to profit a free ticket to the Footprints Large Final Event, which this year takes place in the Ķīpsala Hall, on the 26th of September.
I International Conference - "Environmental and Sport Education for Sustainable Development"
Healthy person in healthy environment
Baltic Beach Hotel,
23/25 Juras str., Majori, Jurmala, LV-2015, Latvia
September 18-20, 2006
tel. +371 26538871; fax: +371 32 23408
Registration form /on-line/
Registration form /PDF/
Conference Programme /PDF /
Call for Presentations /PDF /
| The seventh issue (July, 2006) of the Footprints newspaper has been released!
Part 1 (PDF, 1 Mb)
Part 2 (PDF, 0.6 Mb)
"The Path of Baron's and Peterson's"
Trip starts in Tartu (Estonia)
and the end of the trip will be
| New Competition!!!
All can participate!!!
All those who like the Footprints
What was the most exciting thing that you found out in general or in this year Footprints activities? Further on you can be proud of it and compete with others.
Come and join our next joint work and help to create a museum of Wonderful findings of the Footprints!!!!
Its opening exhibition The Great Finale of the Footprints 2006 season an admission ticket for which you should probably have by now! If not, dont be late! Then you can participate in the joint work and find something that is:
Take a hold of it and give it to the organisers of the joint work!
At each joint work most interesting and gorgeous exhibits shall receive great prizes Gift Vouchers for relaxation at the Ķeizarmežs wellness and sports centre.
| THE FOOTPRINTS SUPPORTS AND RECOMMENDS! Lets go to Alūksne !!!
The BIG SPRING BEE in the former U.S.S.R. nuclear rocket base in Zeltiņi
On May 27 and 28, 2006 the Big Spring Joint Work 2 days camp for the clean up of the territory including many interesting activities is organized in Alūksne region, Zeltiņi rural municipality, in the territory of the former top secret strategic U.S.S.R nuclear weapon base We will have different events and surprise prizes.
Welcome all who are enjoying active recreation in natures lap. The signet of secrecy will be removed during the camping day.
Within the framework of the undertaking it is planned to clear the former barrack zone out of environmentally unfriendly garbage and to tidy the visual sight of the barracks. The working ardour will be supplemented by different events following the awarding of winners at the end of the Joint Work.
To go back mentally to the events that took place in the base the participants of the Joint Work will be offered free of charge excursion with the tour guide. You will see the sights of underground bunkers, big air sheds and rocket launching sites.
In the evening friendly leisure and talk through of impressions at the camp fire. Overnight under canvas (tents taken along with you!) at special camping place.
All working tools and transport for garbage removal from the territory of the base will be provided.
Gathering and occupation of tent places on May 27 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. The Opening of the undertaking at 10:00 a.m.
Sign up for the Joint work: telephone 6340504 (Baiba), 9453122 (Ainars), or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested who do not apply till the day of the Joint work, shall arrive with their own working tools.
The programme of the Joint Work /MS Word/
Support from: Zeltiņu rural municipality; Project Footprints (Riga); Zeltiņu civil parish school; Hotel "Dolce Vita" (Riga); Alūksne mobile riflemen battalion, Alūksne TIC, Alūksnes Ziņas (Alūksne News); Malienas Ziņas (Maliena News); etc.
Footprints in Valmiera
Joint work at Pauku pines in Valmiera 2nd May
diligently worked ~380 workers
Collected ~24 m3 of waste
Results of Drawing Contest ''I love my town'':
1st place Māris Nadejs from Valmiera 5th Secondary School.
2nd place Evelīna, Monta and Sintija from Valmiera Viesturs Secondary School
3rd place Ance Niedrīte from Valmiera Viesturs Secondary School.
Distribution of places was defined through public voting. Well deliver awards to your school.
Exhibition ''I love my town'' can be viewed at the Vidzeme Olympic Center till 16th May.
| On the 4th of May Pēdas Project in cooperation with the Latvian State Forests organized an action 1=2, during which there were carried out cleaning joint work in Plakanciems and tree planting to commemorate the Latvian Republic Independence Declaration Day.
Idea of the action instead of one sawn down tree we are planting two!!!
| Relevant Information
A boom on a possibility to get infected with HIV, if contacting with a thrown, used syringe, in reality is strung up. HIV infection might happen only if blood in the syringe is fresh, i.e., hasnt been coagulated. In this way health care professionals can get HIV infection having contacts giving injections or rather, incidents follow each other a sharp subject or a syringe has been just in contact with a patient, but the next moment it comes into contact with a medical worker.
Through syringes thrown in public places, staircases etc. unless they have been just used, one cannot get HIV infected even though a lot of blood is left in the needle the virus has already died.
But still there is a possibility to get hepatitis viruses, specifically B hepatitis, which is very resistant to environment! It is impossible to say any precise figures how long syringe and needles might stay infectious since it depends upon external conditions thereof being preserved. It is important to acknowledge that risk may remain and when cleaning up, as described above, one should avoid to work barehanded as much as possible!
Should you find a syringe or needles, for sure you must not entrust to collect thereof to children! That is responsibility of adults. Thereof must be collected (using gloves, of course!) into puncture-proof containers, for example, into plastic mineral water bottles, which, if possible, must be screwed. Such bottles cannot be mixed with other waste so that to avoid perforating thereof if pressed!
It is unknown if there is a place where those, who dont have a specific agreement, should transfer thereof for destruction. It would be advisable to contact waste processors.
HIV preventive points, where drug addicts get the used syringes changed, cooperate with Lautus LTD (ph. 7317280) that destroy medical waste. It is possible to agree with neighboring medical establishments, for instance, hospitals, which have agreements on destruction of medical waste.
It is very important to motivate people to tidy up environment and public places, but also to inform how to protect themselves. We are in charge for environment we live in (bearing in mind also society), and if we wish to live better we have to do our best.
Additional info What to do in order to avoid HIV infection when working at tidying up public places
Information prepared by Iveta Skripste, Head of Center for AIDS Prevention Information and Education Department
Address: 7 L. Klijānu Street, Riga, LV-1012, Ph.: 7372275, Fax: 7339954
| Joint Work Schedule of the Project Footprints for the spring season of the year 2006
Attention! Right now, it is also possible to call Footprints over the telephone - 7509392!
As well as still - 9835605!
Within 2 5 March the FOOTPRINTS participated in the 12th International Education Exhibition SCHOOL 2006, organized by BT1!
On Friday, on the 3rd of March on the halls Big Stage there took place a unique AUCTION.
Congratulations to a unique, last summer randonnee Krisjan Barons path 940 kilometer endured bicycles new owner and also definitely potential participant of this summer randonnee Vita from Jekabpils. During hard auction she didnt retreat in front of men and with a final amount of 44 lats acquired this, frankly saying, bicycle that has endured various setbacks, which, hopefully, will be loyal to Vita during all her activities further on!
Together with the bicycle Vita also received a genius attribute of Footprints cannonry about 50 bags and a pair of gloves with which further on, hopefully, she will work at Footprints arrangements! Once and again Hip Hip hurrah to Vita! :)
| The sixth issue of the Footprints newspaper has been released!
A visitor of the issue the State President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga
Vnvironmental education is necessary for adults as much as for kids...
The newspaper is available at the Footprints office in Vecriga,
4 Gleznotāju Street Room 303.
The interested ones are welcomed to write to the e-mail
|There has been released a new February issue of the magazine "Vides Vēstis"!
This magazine is designed for those, who are seriously interested in nature and environment.
The Footprints advises!
Footproints has expanded the geographical spectrum of its action, and right now, it is starting to act in Kenia (Afrika), too. After the business visit of Footprints leader Vita Jaunzeme in Nairobi and thanks to two new sportsmen, trainers and environment activists Footprints ideals and principles - Save our Planet - start to get used little by little for managers Juma Kent and Yusuf Motha of Footprints in this region.
Pedas has its representatives in Kenia who, together with their supporters, organize different sports and charity events, including environment keeping activities in them.
As the proof of the successful action is the Award received.
In its turn, the Project Footprints expresses gratitude to its representatives in Kenia - Juma Kent and Yusuf Motha for the work put in, popularizing the green thinking.
Project Footprints 2005 Final has passed! Thanks to everyone who came and participated!!!
See you next year!
Your Project Footprints
Project Footprints extends thanks to the
executive directorate of
World Championship Management.
At the Final of the Project Footprints at Karaoke contest the Grand Prix in the amount of EUR 100 received by Emīls Kivlenieks. Congratulations!
We invite gifted young people to practice their voices and to participate in karaoke contest next year.
See you next year!
Winners of the artistic contest I LOVE MY PLANET! >>
Higher schools music bands contest results >>
||Winners of Jury's award a band from Riga Stradiņa University Morning After
The Audience Recognition Award in close contest against the band AK69
was won by the band from University of Latvia Trakmēnes!
| 6th World Conference on Sport and Environment
Sport, Peace and Environment
9-11 November 2005
Latvia was represented by Artis Lagzdins (Olympic Center of Liepaja) and
Vita Jaunzeme (Latvian Olympic Committee/Project Footprints)
This (2005) year the Footprints have organized 14 waste-collection bees in Latvia cities, mostly in Riga capital city.
In total approximately 600 m3 of waste was collected.
In the clean-up actvities approximately 4000 pupils, students and school children participated.
Thanks to all!
See you in next year!
| The Footprints newspapers fifth issue has been published!
The Project Footprints has agreed on further cooperation with Latvian Underwater Hunters Club.
Therefore during our joint work well be able to clear up also water reservoirs not only rivers and lakes shores.
"Latvian Underwater Hunters Club" has been founded to popularize underwater hunting and healthy life, and to unite confederates of various age and nationalities those who are partial to our water reservoirs ichthyologic and ecologic condition. The Club is planning to make clearing of water reservoirs and fish release arrangements, spot-checks in cooperation with environment inspection, competitions, establishment of contacts with foreign partners and in cooperation with other Latvian clubs to obtain underwater hunting license.
Everyone who wants and can help our nature, who is fascinated with mysterious and inimitable underwater world, may become a member of our Project.
| The Project Footprints participated in the Associations cycling run on
Footprints team took the 1st place in the People class and Sport Authority Cup as the largest team
Congratulations to all team members with the victory!
| PROJECT FOOTPRINTS
randonnee "Path of Krishjanis Barons"
(720 July) successfully CLOSED!!!
Totally 940 km have been covered
>> Photo gallery >>
The large prize was awarded to Aili (Estonia). Congratulations!!!
See you on 7 July 2006 at the House of Latvian Society!
>> more >>
| On 14 May in Mezhapark the Tracks spring season was closed!
290 people participated in the joint work and totally there were collected 56 m3 of waste.
In the final joint work for the first time in history of the Tracks (and of Latvia) there participated employees of "Hansabanka" JSC and its Director General Ingrida Bluma.
Thanks to Hansabanka for the support and courage to participate in the joint work"!
"Hansabankas team in close contest came out on top of other 4 teams ("Laumiņas" /Pixies/, "Zaļā komanda" /Green Team/, "Tīrais, jaunais laiks" /New, clean time/, "Ar dziesmu pa Pēdām" /Singing on the track/) and collected two 8 m3 containers.
The joint work was attended also by the Minister for Environment Raimonds Vejonis, Ex-Prime Minister Indulis Emsis. Their team - "Zaļā komanda" /Green Team/ took the 3 honorable place.
A representative of the Riga City Council Imants Rakins worked in the team "Tīrais, jaunais laiks /New, clean time/, which took the 2 honorable place.
DJ of the joint work was an Olympian Martinsh Rubenis.
Congratulations to everybody with closing of the Tracks spring season!
Totally during the spring joint work there were collected 368 m3. And 2070 people participated!!! Thanks to everyone!!!
A photo gallery on the spring season is coming soon.
And see you on the randonnee "Path of Kr. Barons" and at the autumn joint work!
Thanks to everybody, who supports us!
| The Footprints newspapers fourth issue has been published!
The Footprints project has started the year 2005 with new plans and new ideas.
The signing of the cooperation agreement with JSC Hansabanka shall be regarded as a special EVENT involving greater possibilities to fulfil all plans and ideas born at Footprints.
Altogether over 20 banks are active in Latvia but at present only Hansabanka has seriously started to support the green ideas and green thinking, which indeed was a pleasant surprise to all really green ones.
The Footprints project will start its activities already in March!
Because of the cold weather the party OGRE MY DREAM TOWN is postponed from 4 March until later!!!
FOLLOW THE INFORMATION!!!
OGRE MY DREAM TOWN
Meeting place Ogre summer theatre
Hot tea available!
There will be prizes!
It will be interesting!
Arrival in working clothes and warm footwear.
Arvis Auzins, the party organiser, will ask all pupils and young people to take part and tidy up and develop one dream town of snow (if there is such).
For more detailed information try web site www.bermuds.lv and www.pedas.lv
Project Footprints Closing event on 5 December in the Olympic Skonto Hall
The Footprints autumn season of communal work.
| Second issue of the Footprints Newspaper is out!
Green bicycle race Saulkrasti - Ainaži- Lake Burtnieks-Valmiera (28th to 30th August) organised as part of the Project Footprints has finished.
| "Hawaii Express" Ltd presented its bicycles to the "Project Footprints"!
We consider that the "Project Footprints" has its supporters, since we are am struggling more and more actively for health friendly environment, pure, ecologically spruce. Therefore a bicycle is the best transport means not only for everyday up keeping of human health, but also for environment preservation.
Why should you choose bicycles:
· A bicycle as ecological transport means is the most friendly to environment and therefore to people.
· A bicycle helps to take off stress.
· A bicycle doesn't demand big investments.
· A bicycle ensures a good figure and a good complexion.
· A bicycle is an attractive transport means.
"Project Footprints" would like to thank "Hawaii Express " team for conceptual and material support!
The Project Footprints granted admission to three new team members.
Dainars Zolmans Latvian Sport Pedagogical academy
Andris Stengrevics - Latvian University
Māris Zviedris - Latvian Police academy
We CONGRATULATE newcomers and wish them inexhaustible energy and optimism in such a responsible and meaningful mission!!!
| A PROJECT FOOTPRINTS IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS FOR THE TEAM!
We kindly ask those interested to write to our post box !
A new subject is taught
in the Riga Technical University:"Environement
Engineering" (or the art of cohabiting with the
environment). The waste-collection bees of the PROJECT
FOOTPRINTS have been included in the practical
part of the curriculum !!!
The subject is a voluntary discipline in the C programme.
It consists of 8 lectures spread within a period of
an academic year.
Lecturers: Dr. Andra Blumberga, Dr.Hab. Dagnija Blumberga,
Dr.Hab. Martins Gedrovics,
Dr.Hab. Ivers Veinbergs, Dr. Talis Juhna, Dr. Daina
Kalnina, Dr. Ruta Bendere, Dr.Gatis Bazbauers.
By signing up to this discipline you can earn
two 2 credit points a year!
Students of other higher educational
establishments are also welcome to attend this subject!
If you wish to receive more detailed information please
contact Liene Aleksandra Abolina,
The PROJECT FOOTPRINTS announces
a competition on the name of a new type
of sports, as our waste-collection bees are not merely
bees anymore but real competitions. So, as they are
competitions, they should become a type of sports.
Do you have bright ideas??? A prize is guaranteed
for the best solution!
Waste-collection competitions ... somehow it
does not sound well.
Let's save our Planet !