For the Earth

My pro-ecological activity

Wildlife, animals, plants, nature, air, energy, recycling, ecosystem

 


Reusable glass containers for dinner from catering

Continuing with my green approach to life, in December 2020 I started buying two-course dinners in reusable glass containers, instead of the disposable plastic ones offered by the bistro. I encourage you to do the same.


 


Unnecessary used clothes

Another of my actions, which can be classified as pro-ecological, is instead of throwing unnecessary clothes into the trash, donating them to the homeless in a care center in Sosnowiec at 19 Piotrkowska Street or to the residents of the nursing home at 2 Jagiellońska Street for further use. I have been doing this for several years. I encourage you to do the same.


 


Plastic caps

As part of my ecological activities, I have been collecting plastic caps from various bottles for several years. For this purpose, one of the waste bins in my home is intended for caps. When the container is full, I take the caps to the animal shelter in Sosnowiec Milowice, where they are collected all year round. Thanks to the recycling of caps, this shelter obtains funds for its activities.


 


Bamboo toothbrush

Continuing my pro-ecological approach to life, in September 2020, instead of a plastic one, I started using the Humble Brush bamboo toothbrush of the Swedish company The Humble Co. I encourage you to do the same.


 


Birds on the balcony

In October 2019, I received a bird feeder from my Dad. The film presents examples of birds that visit my feeder on the balcony - the film features great tit, magpie, and sparrows and / or Eurasian tree sparrows. The latter are very similar and are hard to identify here.


 


Eggs from hens raised under ecological conditions

To extend my environment-friendly approach to life, in March 2020 I made a decision to start buying only organic eggs from free-range hens fed exclusively on ecological fodder. Hens raised in such conditions live in their natural habitat, which makes them healthy and protects the environment.


 


Toilet paper made from recycled paper

In December 2019 I decided to start buying only toilet paper made from recycled paper. An additional advantage of this choice is that this type of toilet paper is sold in pieces without unnecessary plastic packet.


 


A personal mug for coffee at McDonald's

In November 2019 I found out that McDonald's allows its customers to bring in their own reusable mugs to have a coffee or tea. Therefore, going on with my environment-friendly approach to life, I started bringing my own mug to eliminate disposable paper cups and plastic lids which terribly litter the planet.


 


Reusable produce bags

In November 2019 my girlfriend recommended to me reusable produce bags made from material resembling curtain fabric, which I immediately bought in Kaufland at a cost of 6 PLN for 4 bags and I started using them instead of disposable plastic bags.


 


A cloth shopping bag instead of plastic bags

Going along with my ecological activities, in August 2019 I bought a cloth shopping bag which I now use instead of plastic bags. I encourage you to do the same.


 


A glass bottle instead of plastic ones

In August 2019 I decided to start taking water to the gym in a reusable glass bottle to replace plastic bottles which I had used before.


 


Birds in the garden

The film presents the life of birds which I recorded between 21st and 23rd June 2019 in my parents' garden in Stanisław Górny. The following birds star in the film: great tits, Eurasian tree sparrows, a blackbird, Eurasian collared doves, finches, a starling, a great spotted woodpecker, a hawfinch and a jay.


 


Pigeon, the second one

In spring 2019, seven years after my first adventure with a pigeon which needed help, a similar thing happened to me again. On 12 April 2019 on her way from work, my girlfriend found in the grass a pigeon which needed help and she brought it from Dąbrowa Górnicza to my flat in Sosnowiec. The pigeon travelled 14 kilometres by car. We decided to take it to the wild animal rescue centre called Leśne Pogotowie in Mikołów. This time the pigeon went by car another 26 kilometres so its total road trip was 40 kilometres. Mr Jacek Wąsiński, who runs Leśne Pogotowie in Mikołów, assessed that the pigeon's both wings were broken so it will not fly any more. The pigeon will be taken care of in Leśne Pogotowie, where it will spend the rest of its life. This is the website of Leśne Pogotowie in Mikołów, which I asked for help to the injured pigeon: WWW.lesnepogotowie.pl


 


I demonstrate against coal during COP24

On 14 December 2018 during COP24, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, I went to Katowice in front of Spodek to demonstrate against coal.


 


I try to stop distributing ketchup to all customers in McDonald's

In summer 2018 I wrote to the McDonald's head office in Warsaw to stop distributing ketchup to all customers, because many unopened sachets are put into waste bin and litter the planet up. Earlier ketchup in McDonald's was given on demand. I didn't receive any reply, so in spring 2019 I wrote to Greenpeace and explained that McDonald's litters the Earth up. This organisation answered that they act on a campaign basis, so they don't have enough workers to deal with my problem...


 


I change all light bulbs in my flat from incandescent to LED

In November 2017 I changed all light bulbs in my flat from incandescent to LED, including places like the fridge and cooker hood.

LED where? Power [W] Brightness [lm] Light Temp. [K] Colour
Hall 13 0-1500 3000-6500 RGB+W
Kitchenette 13 0-1500 3000-6500 RGB+W
Room 13 0-1500 3000-6500 RGB+W
Room on a desk 5 0-420 3000-6500 W
Hood 5 0-410 3000-6500 W
Bathroom 5 units 5x5 0-480 3000-6500 RGB+W
Fridge 2 130 3000 W
Cellar 13 1521 2700 W
Total: 89

 


I start sorting rubbish in my household

On 28 July 2017 I bought three bins in an IKEA shop. Next day I had adhesive labels printed in a printing house and stuck them onto the bins. From that moment I started sorting rubbish, which is a side result of my life.


 


I clear a new run area for dogs in the animal shelter

In September 2015, together with my girlfriend, I participated in clearing new run areas for dogs in the animal shelter in Sosnowiec Milowice. This voluntary activity was organised by an ArcelorMittal company from Dąbrowa Górnicza.


 


Water Birds

I shot this film about water birds in the recreational area called Stawiki in Sosnowiec in late autumn 2012. In my film you can see birds such as swans, various species of ducks, gulls, etc. I dedicate this film to my grandmother Władysława, with whom I was walking around this pond and observing these birds just 2 years earlier.


 


Pigeon - part 1

On 22nd May 2012 at 7.30 a.m. under my girlfriend's car we found a pigeon completely covered in crude oil. We decided to try and help the pigeon and took it to a vet specialising in wild animals. He advised us to first wipe the pigeon with paper towels, then use paper towels soaked in vegetable oil, and finally bathe the pigeon in warm water and yellow soap. The vet warned us that the pigeon might not survive this treatment.
The film shows the fourth bath of the pigeon, whose feathers look better with each bath. After the first bath the bathtub was all black. During each bath we remove another layer of crude oil from the pigeon's body. We feed the pigeon with wheat grain bought at a pet shop. We also give the pigeon activated carbon to treat it for toxic poisoning. We bought via the Internet dishwashing liquid called Dishmate from Earth Friendly Products, which is reportedly used by environmental organisations to wash birds covered in crude oil as a result of ecological disasters such as oil tanker spills.
We hope that the pigeon will be able to fly and will live in the wild again.


 


Pigeon - part 2

The film shows the second part of the story of the pigeon which we found all covered in crude oil on 22nd May 2012 and decided to rescue. After the pigeon had flown unprompted out of the box in which it was kept and landed on a table, a windowsill and a chest of drawers, we knew that it would survive. We decided that the sixth bath would be the last one and that the next day the pigeon would be allowed to move freely around the room to build confidence after the upsetting experiences with the oil.
On 27th May 2012 at 7.30 we set the pigeon free. The pigeon spent exactly 5 days with us.
All the adventure with this bird, which is unlikely to happen again, consisting of taking care of it, observing its behavior and living with it together in one room, reminded me of the great book "Birdy" by William Wharton, about love of birds, a book which was one out of the few which I read cover to cover, several times.