The third in a row, Green Culture Fest (GCF) took place from 10 to 12 September at Ada Bojana. The Foundation provided financial support to the organizers of this event, the association KRUG from London and the Municipality of Ulcinj. GCF was organized with the aim to use a set of creative workshops and innovative methods to promote the role of creative industry in contributing to the sustainability of the environment we live in.
One of the speakers at the opening of the Festival, President of the Foundation, Prince Nikola recalled the catastrophic effects of global heating, resource exhaustion and piling up of waste, for our planet.
“The causes of this situation are known to us and we are increasingly aware of the fact that human activity is one of the most important. Besides, we know the ways in which these processes can be slowed down or stopped. It all comes down to our way of life, our existing production systems and systems for natural resource management. There is a need for a new cultural revolution, because it is only a new cultural movement that can lead to the change in the value system” – said Prince Nikola.
With approximately 200 active participants, this year’s GCF program included sectors such as Green Culture, Green science, Green business and Green way of thinking.
More information about this event can be found at www.greenculture.world
Full text of Prince Nicolas Petrovic Njegos speech
Distinguished representatives of the diplomatic corps,
Representatives of Ulcinj Municipality,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I would like to express my gratitude to Vesna Sokolova and other organizers of this event, for they made us gather around the issue of environment and Green Culture.
Although I am really pleased to be in such beautiful surroundings, on the mythical island of Ada Bojana, which is commonly considered a symbol of our return to nature, I fully understand the commitment this attendance entails, in respect of challenges our generation faces, not only in terms of global warming, but also in terms of human survival as a long-term goal.
Namely, various studies, analyses, simulations and latest observations do not leave room for any kind of doubt over disastrous consequences of global warming, on the one hand, but also over depletion of natural resources of our planet and accumulation of the man-made waste, on the other.
According to an estimate by Global Footprint Network, a non-governmental organization, Earth Overshoot Day in 2014 fell on 19 August, by which time humanity used up the planet’s resources for that particular year.
IPCC has recently warned that unless governments worldwide introduce fundamental changes in their CO2 emission reduction strategies and impose stronger measures we will not be able to keep the average global temperature from rising beyond 2 degrees Celsius and will thus cross the safe threshold in the forthcoming decade.
This is a burning issue, and thus cannot be treated as a subject of a well-designed annual or biennial re-evaluation: it is a continuous, day-to-day effort that can prevent us from reaching the critical threshold and from leaping into chaos.
According to a University of Minnesota study, desertification and urbanization processes cause the loss of 100 000 km2 of cultivable land on an annual basis, whereby population rises by 100 000 000 each year.
In the event a jump in average global temperature exceeds 2 degrees Celsius, the sea level may rise up to 2 meters in the coming decades. This phenomenon would be accompanied by meteorological degradation which could significantly impede the sea traffic.
These disasters should not be confused with alarming prophecies, they pose a real threat to our future, although their timing and an exact scenario cannot be predicted with certainty. It is worth noting that the deadlines announced are approaching rapidly as our time goes by. Up to this stage, we have identified relevant causes and are now more aware of the fact that they include human activity as the most important factor. Moreover, we are familiar with the methods that may be employed for slowing down, or even stopping these processes.
This is closely related to our lifestyle, modern production systems and natural resources management. We are supposed to conduct a genuine cultural revolution, a new cultural movement is the only way to a change in the value system. Do we take the side of death or the side of life?
In this context, I would strongly recommend two texts I have read recently and felt enlightened afterwards: Pope Francis’s Environmental Encyclical and Naomi Klein’s latest book ’’This changes everything’’.
We have several more years left to raise awareness of these issues among those individuals who manage and control global economies, but also to gather together those who are already aware and strive to change direction of the tough race. That is what this meeting is about.
The 21st International conference on global warming (COP 21) is to be held in Paris two months from now. I suggest that after this meeting we write a letter that would be addressed to this Conference and signed by all organizations and individuals attending the meeting today, a letter as an appeal from Ada Bojana beach, that could possibly vanish if we do not seize this last chance and take stronger, binding measures.
The appeal could be focused primarily on the important role culture and education have in the inevitable process of environmental transition.
Thank You for Your Attention, let me finally wish You a fruitful discussion in this small paradise.