Monday, June 28, 2004

Don't let the Adriatic die as Black Sea

This is title of the today's article in Glas Istre, Istrian daily newspaper. In this article Serhiy Kurykin, (ex Ukraine minister of ecology, and member of European ecologist party which have 42 members in European parliament) warns Croatia to not repeat their mistake, with oil transport where 70% of seal life was destroyed Ballast watery which tankers leaves in sea.
Probably not everybody knows that here is word about DruzbAdria, a project for transport of Russian oil. The project seams to be ecologic and economic disaster for Croatia, because of lost it can produce in sphere of tourism. But shore, more seriously are dangers for the environment, because they are more difficult to correct, here MMF, some institution or organization cannot undone or null the consequences.

Why we need the oil?

But here is the main doubt: why we need the oil? Have we ever thought about this? Today we have technology and alternate sources of energy that could be used. It need a little bit more to invest to commercialize this products, but we could drive ecologically much safer vehicles very soon - and not only vehicles. So where is the problem? Because moving oil pipeline from one place to another does not solve problem at all. Would be better that disaster happens in Italy, not in Croatia? For all region it is almost the same.
Again and again the problem is the same: money and power. Today who has oil has power. And other thing: it is not difficult to create new products, but it is difficult to turn people and industry toward new sources of energy. This requires great social and economical engagement which nobody want to take. Today’s leaders probably calculates with resources, pollution and economic factors.
So we are only numbers, let’s say(this is only hypothesis, not real data): this year 100.000 people will die from lack of drinking water, air pollution…. 100.000 of marriages will be broken because of stress on work, 20.000 people will get mad, 50.000 children’s will die from hunger, 20.000 animal races will be exterminated forever … But this is 0,01% and it is acceptable, because saving all this people would cost us many billions of dollars, would cause social turbulence, would endanger “sophisticate” economic balance…. Dear ones, the nature has much more sophisticated equilibrium than our economy, and it is unpredictable. If nature turns as back, not that our economy would be put out of balance, our economy would not exist at all! It is as in film “day after tomorrow”, and maybe that similar story was with ancient lost civilizations.
So maybe the powerful think of us as a numbers, but dear presidents, ministers and generals we are not. Every life is precious, and millions are suffering because powerful are ruling this world for their sake and interest, not for benefit of all. You cannot rule well if you are greed for power and money, because the money does not make the world go round.
Here you can read more details about petition against DruzbAdria and sign it. Here is official janaf page, where you can read more about the project, and if you need translation there is good service on Intertran!


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