Seeing the positive effects of our action Za naravo on Savo we decided to organize another action with similar concept. During Za naravo ob Sočo / For Nature next to Soča on September 19th, participants stood together against the enrichment of individuals and corporations at the expense of human health and nature.
The morning part of the event – which took place in seven sections between Lepena and Solkan – was attended by 170 people who kayaked, cycled, ran and walked on or along 80 kilometers of the Soča River. Along the way, we collected waste and recorded the brands, making Ecology Without Borders and the global Break Free From Plastic movement a springboard for discussions with manufacturers about disposable products that trigger global clean-up campaigns.
We drew attention to 7 main environmental and nature protection problems in the Soča Valley:
- (Hazardous) waste in the environment
- Uncontrolled gravel excavation
- Proposal for a destructive new hydroelectric power plant, on the tributary of the Soča River, the Učja River
- Illegal release of sediments from reservoirs (HPP Doblar, HPP Ajba)
- Life-threatening sudden discharges of water from HPP Solkan
- Repeated serious violations of the supply drinking water to people in the municipality of Kanal ob Soči
- Poisoning of people in the Middle Soča Valley by the company Salonit Anhovo d.d. In Eternit
The afternoon part of the event took place in the shadow of the ominous chimneys of the Salonit Anhovo cement plant and co-incinerator, in Deskle and Anhovo. About 400 people gathered at the protest to march between Deskle and Anhov. With the support of imaginative banners, singing and whistles, we expressed clear demands: stop this deliberate poisoning of the valley.
In total, the For Nature next to Soča event brought together more than 500 people who have done more for the environment and nature in one day than this and many previous governments in 100 days. People who supported the campaign with their participation from all over Slovenia proved that solidarity is not just a word, but they care about the people of the Middle Soča Valley, who have long suffered at the expense of local and state industry and policy, which gives precedence to profit over the health of their own citizens.
In weeks that followed it things stayed heated. Mateja Sattler from local NGO Eko Anhovo became the name of the month of Primorska region, NGOs Eko Anhovo and CI Danes! handed signatures to local major, they were featured in the central show of Slovenian national TV and are still keeping the pressure high.
More info here:
Civilna iniciativa Danes!
Eko Anhovo in Dolina Soče