Ecology

Ecology

For us, ecology, sustainable development, democracy and human rights are inseparable. Twenty years ago, environmental protection, energy, sustainable development and climate change were issues that only a handful of scientists and activists or green movements in rich countries faced. Today they have become important political and economic issues and are now unfortunately the biggest problem in the national and world agendas.

The reason for this is undoubtedly insufficient concern with the problem and its reduction to a purely professional and scientific level, far from the public and politics. Energy, climate change and environmental protection are not only questions of science or personal relationship to nature, but questions of consciousness and responsibility, both of individuals and of the community. For these reasons, we try to publicly address this issue, which arises from a wrong relationship with nature, the consequences of climate change and energy sources.

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“It’s not about money. It’s about political will.”

Interview

In an interview with Vlado Babić, former undersecretary of the Department for Environmental Protection at the City of Ljubljana, we spoke about the project “Ljubljana. For you.”, an initiative including the promotion of a green and sustainable Ljubljana for all citizens. In 2016, the city was awarded as European Green capital by the European Commission, the first city in Southeastern Europe to receive this price. The recognition enabled Ljubljana to become one of many sustainable cities worldwide.

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“Fridays for future”

Report

March 15, 2019 marked a highlight for the “Fridays for future” movement. Over 200 parallel protests advocating for climate action were held worldwide. In Sarajevo, about twenty young people gathered in the Baščaršija to demand environmental protection from their government.

Fighting Air Pollution: Mexico and China Show How to Do It

Cities in China, India and Mexico are still among the most polluted in the world. In recent years, however, concrete measures have been taken in all three countries to combat air pollution. The population in these countries has become more aware of air pollution and the issue is now also on the political agenda. On the other hand, the countries of the Western Balkans continue to invest in polluting coal-fired power plants, ignoring the deadly consequences for the population.

Publications

Policy Brief: Priority Measures for air Quality Improvement in the Sarajevo Canton

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Take Action for Healthy Air!

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), on the list of the ten most polluted cities in Europe, five are in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is another unwanted record for the country with the second highest of rankings for air pollution mortality in 2017 in the world, behind North Korea. Between the 2nd and 4th of December, Sarajevo was the most polluted capital in the world, according to data provided by US embassies, that constantly monitor the environmental situation of the cities they are based in. BiH lacks a comprehensive strategy for combating air pollution.

 

Legal Instruments for the Environmental Protection

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Ova publikacija je nastala u okviru projekta “Advocacy NGOs Networks for Sustainable Use of Energy and Natural Resources in the Western Balkans and Turkey – ETNAR”, u kojem je hbs jedan od partnera. Glavni cilj publikacije je pomoći nevladinim organizacijama iz Bosne i Hercegovina, Hrvatske, Srbije, Crne Gore, Turske, Makedonije, Albanije i Kosova u zaštiti okoliša i zagovaranju održivog upravljanja energetskim i prirodnim resursima. Pravni instrumenti mogu biti moćan instrument u aktivnostima zagovaranja organizacija civilnog društva ukoliko one znaju kako i kada da ih koriste u svojim zagovaračkim kampanjama.

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