How Slovakia destroys nature in spite of being country’s biggest and only real treasure
Unlike other posts on my site, which are mainly about places that you must visit, this one will be different today. It won’t be about the beautiful place you have to see or cannot miss, but about what remained here after it was totally destroyed and devastated last week by dumb human activity powered by even dumber EU funding finances programme.
I would not write anything about this if I would not have decided to get back to my home country last year after living in Prague for the last 8 years. But I did, I bought a flat in my hometown Kosice (in a district where I have never been before actually) and I found one beautiful place located just a few meters from where my new flat was located.
Slovakia Destroys Nature
Well, it was nothing really special to boast with, nothing like the high mountain range, or peaks with breathtaking views, huge waterfalls, turquoise sea, or dense forest. It was just a great amount of trees that grew up on the banks of the river Hornad.
They were growing here 25 long years until they grew up into a real jungle that was full of birds, fish and life. Before, I have never ever seen such big birds as a heron in the wild. And I have never thought I would see them from my flat’s windows.
During the nights, I was listening to the sounds that are more typical of the jungle or rainforest, rather than of the cities, or urban suburbs. During the days, I was watching big heron flying from one tree to another.
And during the hot weather we all were well protected by the shadow of the trees, while walking through the cold waters of the river. Oh, how hot last summer was! I can’t even imagine such hot summer without those trees!
It was a place where thousands of people were spending their free time every week, relaxing, walking, fishing, or just sitting and talking, enjoying their lives at the river.
But now… it’s gone! The government decided it is better to earn ridiculous €3500,- and cut 1300 live trees rather than leaving it as it was… for free… for people… for animals… for “useless” nature… Unfortunately, this is by far not the only case in Slovakia that is threatened the same way, all the rivers are the same.
Minister of environment of the Slovak Republic (Peter Žiga) has never cared about nature. He studied at the University of Economics in Bratislava, specialization in Business Management and MONEY is what he was dealing with only. It is very interesting (just coincidence?) that he was a Director and CEO of a private company which main business was a timber trade. Since he is Minister, this company is enjoying their best times! Since he is Minister, Slovak nature is having its worst time ever!
I don’t think that Slovakia has something to offer apart from its nature. It is unique and used to be unspoilt.
But now it is crying like never before, it is crying like rainforests in Madagascar and other developing countries, that are cut because of palm and rapeseed oil, which has no value at all.
Sorry to bother you, but our stupid government and useless Slovak Environment Centre forced me to write the first negative post on my blog.
I hope that at least few of them will read this and then wake up!
Sign the petition online
Even you can help to force our politicians to do some changes in the Act and stop destroying OUR nature. Just fill in the form and send the details to sign the online petition here: http://www.ekoforum.sk/peticia/zive-rieky (in Slovak). For more information, related videos and pictures, visit my Facebook page about this human stupidity.