This project is an example of grassroots action taken by people who respect and care about the quality of the environment and human health.
We are a group of scientists and students at the Jagiellonian University of Kraków. The social aspects of environmental protection and eco education are something we deal with on a daily basis. QUIT PLASTIC (NIE! DLA PLASTIKU), though, is not only the result of our professional interests, it is, first and foremost, a call to recognise and understand the levels of pollution facing us, and a call for action towards reducing the damage caused by it. We all have a role to play.
The project founder, Prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Grodzińska-Jurczak, is a biologist and Head of Nature Protection, Wildlife Management and Environmental Education Research Team in Jagiellonian University Institute of Environmental Sciences. She was later joined by Wojciech Dybek and Anna Jurczak.
Prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Grodzińska-Jurczak, among other things, works on limiting the negative impact of municipal waste on the environment and the social determinants of nature protection. An important perspective of her work is popularising environment-related knowledge, hence the creation of the QUIT PLASTIC project.
Wojciech Dybek studies Nature Protection at the Jagiellonian University. He is interested in various aspects regarding environmental pollution and how it affects human population. He regularly takes part in science and education projects. He decided to join the QUIT PLASTIC project in response to the excessive amount of human plastic waste already in existence.
Anna Jurczak studies Psychology at the Jagiellonian University. She is interested in the cognitive-social correlates of human behaviour, and animal-assisted therapy (hippotherapy and kinesiotherapy). Ania often gets involved in psychology-based research and social campaigns. She cannot remain indifferent to the changes taking place in our environment, which is why she actively takes part in eco projects too. In the QUIT PLASTIC project Ania looks at it from a social perspective.