DECLARATION OF WAR ON NATURE CONSERVATION IN SLOVENIA
Just when it seems things can’t get much worse…we find out they can.
After the new, so called anti-corona law basically deleted non-governmental organisations and nature conservation from procedures concerning big infrastructure construction projects like HPP dams, these moves made by the Slovenian Minister for Environment, Mr. Vizjak, are spreading like wildfire to all other legislation. The Slovenian Nature Conservation Act is the next in line to receive unlawful treatment, which will be discussed in the parliament on Tuesday.
The Slovenian National Party has, after a discussion with Mr. Vizjak, submitted an amendment to the country’s Nature Conservation Act. Should this amendment be accepted, NGOs would not only become unable to take part in any environmental assessment processes, but also in any other administration and court proceedings! Furthermore, over 90% of NGOs in Slovenia currently holding the status of an organisation working in public interest will lose the ability to act and become unable to do the thing this status requires them to do: be a watchdog and act on mistakes made by the government.
THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THIS IS A DECLARATION OF WAR ON NATURE CONSERVATION! NOBODY SHOULD STAY SILENT, THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT IS 2ND IN LINE FOR THIS “TREATMENT”.
This is why we are starting an emergency call to action, calling it a“HAIL OF EMAILS TO MEMBERS OF THE PARLIAMENT”, those who will discuss and vote either for or against this amendment on Tuesday, 12th May 2020 at the parliamentary session of the Board for Infrastructure, Environment and Spatial Planning.
How can you join the action and help? One simple act; send an email.
Before Tuesday, May 12th 2020, 1PM send the following email:
Zadeva: GLASUJTE PROTI SPREJETJU AMANDMAJA NA ZAKON O OHRANJANJU NARAVE
Subject: VOTE AGAINST THE AMENDMENT TO THE SLOVENIAN NATURE CONSERVATION ACT
Honourable members of the parliament,
These days, all eyes are on you. You will decide who has the right to protect and defend nature. The suggested amendment to the Nature Conservation Act – which hugely obstructs and tightens the conditions for the status of nature protection organisations working in the public interest – is a dangerous interference into nature protection. Nature doesn’t belong to anyone to freely exploit as he/she wants. Nature belongs to all of us – to all living beings, for all living beings – and it is the only future we have. We appeal to you to reject this amendment and make it possible for defenders of nature to keep fulfilling their missions – protect nature – for the common good of everyone ; the environment, nature and people.
We are counting on your voice FOR the environment and nature, so AGAINST the amendment.
We kindly ask you to notify us once you have sent an email to the members of the parliament by sending an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, including your country name. This is very important, as it is the only way we can count how many people contacted members of the parliament.
A word of advice: Add your own personal message. Be direct, but respectful. Let’s show we are the ones capable of holding this debate on an appropriate level.