The debate on responsibility and solidarity to future generations
Brunch with prominent speakers.
The debate on responsibility and solidarity to future generations in terms of environmental protection was a prelude to the European Green Capital opening ceremony at Stožice Arena in the evening. Famous Serbian singer-songwriter Đorđe Balašević said that it was no coincidence that Ljubljana had received the title for 2016, as Slovenia was what everybody in the former Yugoslavia had expected from their republics. "It is important that our children inherit from us the world in a state in which we had gotten it, but our generation should be somewhat ashamed in this respect," he said in reference to the responsibility to future generations.
Croatian businessman Emil Tedeschi agreed with Balašević, stressing that older generations needed to provide an example to children and that tradition needed to be respected. "I think that a majority of the youth will take this as a guideline, but we will cause additional damage if we behave irresponsibly," he said, adding that it was most important to follow balance in one's life.
World traveller and human rights activist Tomo Križnar meanwhile stressed that the life people were living today was not a normal life any more. "Gain has become the main value and if this continues, we are on the road to downfall." According to him, such a dominant logic does not only destroy primeval forests and glaciers, but people as well. Humankind is in a deep social crisis, Križnar said, adding that "human innocence should be our biggest value".
Psychologist Aleksander Zadel agreed, stressing that people were living in a "terrifying consumerist world". "The main maxim is that we have to do good here and now, no matter the price." "We cannot expect from everybody to grow into a Tomo Križnar, but everybody should make their own effort to contribute to a better world. Everything that is in our power should be done here and now," Zadel stressed.
Businessman ad philanthropist Janez Škrabec added that the time had come to become aware that green entrepreneurship and technology should be invested in. "We have the opportunity to leave a better world to our children, because it is actually the only way to survive economy-wise." The stone age did not end because people ran out of stone, and the petroleum age will not end because we are running out of petroleum, but because we will turn to alternative methods to acquire energy, he concluded.
It is important that our children inherit from us the world in a state in which we had gotten it, but our generation should be somewhat ashamed in this respect."
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