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The strongest governments on earth cannot clean up pollution by themselves.
They must rely on each ordinary person, like you and me, on our choices, and on our will.

Chai Jing, journalist & environmental activist

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Me and my husband are eco-activists, a young couple who loves and respects Nature. We collect plastic and other human-made rubbish from Nature since 2012.

Generally, people tend not to set eyes on rubbish in Nature, because “seeing” can require their efforts to get out of the imaginary comfort zone. Pity, but collecting rubbish, or even picking up one rubbish piece, still looks like a forbidden activity for most of us.

I’d like to ignite that established, “legitimate” indifference to Nature, crowned by the naïve slogan “It’s not my rubbish!”

My goal is to raise the viewer’s curiosity and attention by presenting a kind of beautiful, colorful, compositional photographs and, therefore, draw the viewer’s attention to the eco-catastrophe. Impressed, he gets closer to admire it, and here is the moment of confrontation: wait, it is rubbish! …

It’s not my garbage, but it’s my Planet!

Eco exhibition at the business center K29

My eco photography exhibition “Raise it or Leave it – Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature” continues its tour around Vilnius!

The exhibition was first showed at the Parliament of Lithuania in June 2022, then at the Naujamiescio secondary school, Vilniaus „Santaros“ gimnazija, Vilnius Adomo Mickeviciaus gymnasium and Vilniaus Jono Basanavičiaus gimnazija.

It is now publicly shown at the Business Center K29, Feb 1-28, 2023 (address Konstitucijos pr 29, Vilnius, Lithuania).

📸📽 pics and video by @alisa_mgzn

📷 pic of the building exterior by K29

(Upcoming) EVENTS

In June 2022, the exhibition of the artistic rubbish photographs “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature” started its tour around Lithuania: from the Parliament of the Lithuanian Republic (Seimas) to the educational institutions and business centers

2023/06/01-2023/08/31Marijampolė Petro Kriaučiūno Public LibraryExhibition of the artistic rubbish photographs “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature” (on tour)
2023/04/01-2023/05/31Creative house K.I.N.A.S “Panemunė”, Kaunas, LithuaniaExhibition of the artistic rubbish photographs “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature” (on tour)
2023/03/01-31Library „Šaltinėlis“, PanevėžysExhibition of the artistic rubbish photographs “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature” (on tour)
2023/02/01-28Business center K29, Vilnius, LithuaniaExhibition of the artistic rubbish photographs “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature” (on tour)
2023/01/10Parliament of the Lithuanian Republic (LR Seimas), Vilnius, LithuaniaEco creative works awards
2023/01/06-31Panevezys County Gabriele Petkevicaite-Bite Public Library, Panevezys, LithuaniaPainting exhibition “Inspired by Eucalyptus“.
Exhibition opening: 2023 January 6, 5:00 pm.
2022/12/01-2023/01/31Vilnius Jonas Basanavičius High School, Vilnius, LithuaniaExhibition of the artistic rubbish photographs “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature” (on tour)
Exhibition opening: 2022 Dec 9, 12:00 am
2022/11/24-2023/02/28Ramovė of Vilnius crew officers, Vilnius, LithuaniaPainting exhibition “Non-laboratory experiments
2022/11/14-30Vilnius Adam Mickevičius Lyceum, Vilnius, LithuaniaExhibition of the artistic rubbish photographs “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature” (on tour)
Exhibition opening: 2022 Nov 17, 12:00 am
2022/10/01-2022/11/13Vilnius “Santaros” high school, Vilnius, LithuaniaExhibition of the artistic rubbish photographs “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature” (on tour)
2022/09/01-30Vilnius “Naujamiescio” secondary schoolExhibition of the artistic rubbish photographs “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature” (on tour)
2022/06/07-21Parliament of the Lithuanian Republic (LR Seimas), Vilnius, LithuaniaExhibition of the artistic rubbish photographs “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature”

Eco creative works awards in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania

On 2023 January 10, in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, awards for schoolchildren’s eco-creative works were held. Pupils from Vilnius “Naujamiescio” school and Vilnius “Santaros” gymnasium received awards for their created works. It was a creative response to Dr. Alisa Palavenis eco photography exhibition “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature”. Among the works were essays, poems, collages, illustrated works, a mini-theatre script, an eco-invention of how to turn plastic waste into energy, and many other ideas and thoughts on how to protect and care for Nature.

Kasparas Adomaitis, who is a member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and a member of the Environmental Protection Committee, presented diplomas to the students.

Special prizes for the teachers were provided by Lithuanian artist Remigijus Kriukas, founder of the art glass studio GLASREMIS.

The artist Dr. Alisa Palavenis, a creator of eco photographs, has also contributed to the award. Alisa established five special prizes for schoolchildren – a painting session in her art studio in Vilnius. Mr Albinas Vološkevičius, on behalf of his firm “Regama” provided the canvases for these painting sessions. “Regama” has been producing art supplies in Lithuania since 1999.

The manufacturer of phytotherapeutic products UAB “Innovative Pharma Baltics” also contributed to the prizes.

We are glad that young people are not indifferent to ecological problems and that teachers are raising a responsible, creative, and nature-loving young generation!

* Images of pupils are used with the written permission of their parents.. For more information contact Vilnius “Naujamiescio” School and Vilnius “Santaros” Gymnasium

** Images Džoja Gunda Barysaitė

More info on Vilniaus “Santaros” gimnasium website and facebook:

Sponsors of awards for eco-creative works

Eco Exhibition at the Vilnius Jono Basanavičiaus gymnasium

On December 9 , 2022, the exhibition opening event took place at the Vilnius Vilniaus Jono Basanavičiaus gymnasium, on the initiative of Dr. Alisa Palavenis in collaboration with the school director Mrs. Fausta Gulbinienė and deputy for education Virginija Dudarevičienė. This is a kind of “tour” of the eco exhibition, which started at the Parliament of the Lithuanian Republic (Seimas) in June 2022.

The exhibition presents a series of the artistic rubbish photographs by dr. Alisa Palavenis. Dr. Alisa Palavenis talked to the pupils of 9-10 grade about her voluntary eco-activist activity, her hobby to take artistic rubbish photographs and their impact on people, about environmental pollution, and the 3Rs principle: reduce, reuse, recycle.

After the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Kasparas Adomaitis, a member of the Environmental Protection Committee of the Republic of Lithuania, gave a lecture to the students about Climate Change.

* Images of pupils are used with the written permission of their parents. For more information contact the Vilnius Jono Basanavičiaus gymnasium

** Images from the exhibition event by Austėja Jakučionytė

More info on Vilniaus Jono Basanavičiaus gimnasium facebook:

Special guest of the event

Mr. Kasparas Adomaitis, member of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, member of the Environmental Protection Committee

Sponsor of the exhibition of photographic works by Alisa Palavenis

Eco Exhibition at the Vilnius Adam Mickevičius Lyceum

On November 17 , 2022, the exhibition opening event took place at the Vilnius Adam Mickevičius Lyceum, on the initiative of Dr. Alisa Palavenis in collaboration with the school director Mrs. Ivona Černiavska. This is a kind of “tour” of the eco exhibition, which started at the Parliament of the Lithuanian Republic (Seimas) in June 2022.

The exhibition presents a series of the artistic rubbish photographs by dr. Alisa Palavenis.

Dr. Alisa Palavenis talked to the pupils of 5-10 grade about her voluntary eco-activist activity, her hobby to take artistic rubbish photographs and their impact on people, about environmental pollution, and the 3Rs principle: reduce, reuse, recycle.

* Images of pupils are used with the written permission of their parents. For more information contact the Vilnius Adam Mickevičius Lyceum

** Images from the exhibition event by Viktorija Chorna

More info:

Sponsor of the exhibition of photographic works by Alisa Palavenis

Exhibition of pupils’ works at Vilnius “Santaros” gymnasium

On November 7-14, 2022, an exhibition of creative works of pupils of Vilnius “Santaros” gymnasium was held.

Inspired by the eco-exhibition “Take it up or leave it: no one’s trash in nature”, the students of Vilnius “Santaros” gymnasium from 5th to 9th grade created a whole cycle of illustrated works on the topic of ecology.

The students creatively presented their thoughts about human-caused damage to the environment and the responsibility of each of us to manage waste responsibly.

More info on Vilniaus “Santaros” gimnasium website and facebook:

Eco Exhibition at the Vilnius “Santaros” gymnasium

On October 3 , 2022, the exhibition opening event took place at the Vilnius “Santaros” gymnasium, on the initiative of Dr. Alisa Palavenis in collaboration with the school director Mrs. Jelena Beliajeva and the deputy for education Mrs. Jelena Jermolenko. This is a kind of “tour” of the eco exhibition, which started at the Parliament of the Lithuanian Republic (Seimas) in June 2022.

The exhibition presents a series of the artistic rubbish photographs by dr. Alisa Palavenis.

Dr. Alisa Palavenis talked to the pupils of 9-10 grade about her voluntary eco-activist activity, her hobby to take artistic rubbish photographs and their impact on people, about environmental pollution, and the 3Rs principle: reduce, reuse, recycle.

Special guest of the event

Chief editor of the cultural life magazine for young people “Pašvaistė”, Mrs. Audronė Daugnorienė

** Images from the exhibition event by Viktorija Chorna

More info on Vilniaus “Santaros” gimnasium facebook account:

Sponsor of the exhibition of photographic works by Alisa Palavenis

Eco video broadcast during the exhibition

Pick up that one piece of trash in your path

Eco Exhibition at the Vilnius “Naujamiescio” secondary school

On September 9, 2022, the exhibition opening event took place in the meeting hall of the Vilnius Naujamiescio secondary school, on the initiative of Dr. Alisa Palavenis in collaboration with the school director Mrs. Danutė Mišrienė and the deputy director Mr. Motiejus Jakubauskas. This is a kind of “tour” of the eco exhibition, which started at the Parliament of the Lithuanian Republic (Seimas) in June 2022.

The exhibition presents a series of the artistic rubbish photographs by dr. Alisa Palavenis.

Dr. Alisa Palavenis talked to the pupils of 10-12 grade about her voluntary eco-activist activity, her hobby to take artistic rubbish photographs and their impact on people, about environmental pollution and the 3Rs principle: reduce, reuse, recycle.

Special guest of the event

Chief editor of the cultural life magazine for young people “Pašvaistė”, Mrs. Audronė Daugnorienė

* Images of pupils are used with the written permission of their parents. For more information contact the Vilnius Naujamiescio school.

** Images from the exhibition event by Viktorija Chorna

Sponsor of the exhibition of photographic works by Alisa Palavenis

@ECOPANTHER in Press

  • From Rubbish to Art, p. 120-123, 2022 summer. Journal “HAPPY365” / @HAPPY365mag / HAPPY 365 – magazine of life stories about happy people. Happy in riches and in poverty. In glory and underground. In Lithuania and far from it.
  • The Spell of (Al)Chemistry: How to Turn Trash into Art. Aug 10, 2022. Newspaper “370” / @zurnalas.370 / The newspaper 370 writes about what others avoid and fear. Fashion, music, theater, literature, art, photography, new technologies and other topics relevant to a young, curious and cultured citizen.
  • Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature, p. 152-157, Aug 2022. Journal “Moteris” / @moterismagazine / “Moteris” is the largest monthly culture and lifestyle magazine in Lithuania. Published since 1920.
  • Reductio ad absurdum ekosystems, p. 39-41. 2022(4). Journal “Pašvaistė” / @pasvaiste / Journal “Pašvaistė” is a cultural life magazine for young people.

Eco Exhibition at the Parliament of the Lithuanian Republic

The exhibition “Raise or Leave: Nobody’s Rubbish in Nature” was opened in the exhibition gallery of the Seimas (Parliament), III Palace, on June 7, 2022, on the initiative of Mr. Kasparas Adomaitis, a member of the Seimas Environmental Protection Committee of Lithuania.

The exhibition presents a series of the artistic rubbish photographs by dr. Alisa Palavenis.

Authors of the exhibited works: doctor of chemical sciences, pharmacist, dr. Alisa Palavenis, and a young scientist, Ambassador of the Climate Pact Rasa Tumaševičiūtė.

“This is not my garbage, but this is my planet.” Alisa and her husband collect rubbish on the Lithuanian and Polish coasts and the shores of lakes and rivers for three years. Rasa participates in the “For a Clean Lithuania” march and other environmental cleaning campaigns.

Rubbish collection in nature still seems an awkward or even shameful activity for many of us. To challenge established bad practices, the authors seek to encourage people not to close their eyes and lift even that rubbish in their path when they notice it. People should not get used to and tolerate rubbish mess in their environment. We cannot accept rubbish as an integral part of nature and wait for someone else to take care of it. More importantly, we need to reduce waste, and foster a reusable culture and habits.

Text translated from LR Parliament (Seimas) press release.

* Images from the exhibition event by Viktorija Chorna

Sponsor of the exhibition of photographic works by Alisa Palavenis

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About the book “Rubbish Paradise”

Rubbish Paradise” is a book about rubbish I found on the beaches, photographed it, and later collected to put into the garbage bins.

All the rubbish photographed for the book “Rubbish Paradise” and for this website was further collected and taken to the nearest garbage bins.

The toxins we create increase drastically, destroying not only nature and the oceans, but also us, humans. Each page of this book sincerely shouts that it is time to wake up, to hear and to see – what kind of steps we leave behind.

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Living in the times of a hustle culture, we usually have no time for anything, we have no time for the life itself. Thus, our noble goals and inner vocation get lost between daily tasks and responsibilities. But listen, just pick up that one rubbish!

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The author noticed what others don’t even see. With these photographs, she shows how Nature makes peculiar works of art, sometimes even masterpieces, from currently existing, but uncharacteristic to Nature tools, from human waste. As if raped but remaining noble, this is how our Nature is portrayed.”

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