Postcards from a polluting country

DSCF0613After hearing yesterday’s promises and actions to cut CO2 emissions coming from many countries at UN Climate Summit 2014, explanations on what is being done so far and what will be done by 2020, I couldn’t help but think that maybe those promises would’ve had a slightly different impact if postcards from current events within those countries were shown in the background while ministers, prime-ministers and chief’s of states optimistically explained how they are doing everything within their power to fight climate change.taksim Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speech about how he plans to expand forests in his country would not be so inspiring if a postcard from the latest very violent protests to Save Taksim Gezi Park was shown in the background.

Macedonia on the other hand keeps promising to cut CO2 emissions by 2020, using more renewable energy, and a bunch of other things, but if these postcards from the country were shown instead of the minister for foreign affairs speech, people would get a more honest picture of what is “being done”.

This steel factory keeps doing business as usual in the middle of the capital Skopje and while the people are sleeping, red dust covers the city.
This steel factory keeps doing business as usual in the middle of the capital Skopje and while the people are sleeping, red dust covers the city.
One of the very last green surfaces in the middle of a very polluted Skopje was cut down and now a massive building stands in it's spot.
One of the very last green surfaces in the middle of a very polluted Skopje was cut down and now a massive building stands in it’s spot.
An entire mountain that served as the lungs to the city is now a large construction site to a very large road, new buildings and restaurants.
An entire mountain that served as the lungs to the city is now a large construction site to a very large road, new buildings and restaurants.
People protest to Save the National Park Mavrovo from destruction. The  government plans to build 2 new damns and destroy the park full of biodiversity.
People protest to Save the National Park Mavrovo from destruction. The government plans to build 2 new damns on river Radika and destroy it and the park full of biodiversity.
We managed to turn the city from the first image into the second one
We managed to turn the city from the first image into the second one
And wonder why this happened!?
And wonder why this happened!?

It’s high time that we are all honest with each other, painfully honest. There is no more time left to waste on politics and promises- we all need to start telling the truth and ask for help from each other. It’s the end of the road…

Elena Nikolovska

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