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.
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.
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.
Policy Brief on Green Topics, prepared by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, together with leading civil society organizations from the region, aims to draw attention to the problems of energy transition and environmental protection in the Western Balkans and to ensure the civil society's impact on the Berlin Process. The document highlights some of the key problems facing the countries in the region in these areas and makes recommendations for overcoming the current situation.
The development of hydropower in the Balkans has led to increased interest of foreign investors who are expecting concessions for the construction of dams and small hydropower plants. After taking office as prime minister in 2013, Edi Rama said that during the first six months he did not spend any day without investors who want to express their interest in hydropower.