The Petrovic Njegos Foundation, together with the Embassy of France in Montenegro and the Mediteran University, organized the COP21 Montenegro-Paris Conference which took place on Friday 11 December at 5 pm in the multimedia room of the Human Resources Management Agency (2A bd Jovana Tomasevica, Podgorica). Sébastien Balibar, member of the French Academy of Sciences and author of the book "Climate: Seeing clearly to act", was the special guest of the event.
Speech of the President of the Foundation at the COP21 Conference Montenegro - Paris
Dear friends, greetings and brotherhood!
Sorry for the protocol, but today in the face of the questions that we're gonna talk about, there's no more Prince, Presidents or Deans, not students, not rich or poor, young or old... only human beings confronted for the first time since the dawn of time to the threat of humanity's impending demise. If I can put it this way, we're all in this together.
That's why I'm glad we were able to organize this climate forum on the same day that the COP 21 in Paris ends, the 21st climate conference that many call "The Last Climate Conference". chance" and I prefer to call it "First Chance". In never before have we humans been so conscious of the fact that we have never the urgent need to bring about a profound reshaping of our societies. That's what I'm talking about. for me the first chance and those who refuse it are properly talk about "inhuman beings".
So in Podgorica today, among us here present, we are going to have the same concerns, see the same images, have the same subjects of discussion as the leaders of the planet who met in Paris. Paris/Podgorica same fight
Allow me first of all to salute the memory of the 130 innocent victims who were savagely slaughtered in Paris by young men contaminated by senseless hatred. Hatred against themselves, hatred against life, hatred even against the God whom they invoke and despise by destroying his creation. And this is not unrelated to the subject that brings us together today. For the only answer to this hatred is love, love of life, love for the planet that bears it and for those who inhabit it.
Love always portrayed precisely as an angel with a gun. Armed with a bow and arrow. The Arrow that awakens the indifferent, but also the Arrow for the fights to which we are sometimes provoked by hatred and barbarity. The same question arises: Is man crazy enough to destroy himself out of hatred or greed? The issue we are concerned with today and that too, questioning even our humanity is going to ask men for the talents of Love: Passion, generosity, self-sacrifice, creativity, creativity, and the solidarity.
Indeed, fighting global warming and its consequences is a major challenge. consequences will not be easy and will require sacrifices. We will have to distance ourselves from our individualism and our antropocentrism. We will have to overcome the consumerist euphoria that we have been experiencing. consumes. As love often requires, we will have to change our habits, our way of life, if we don't want the generations future curses and that humanity sinks into an ocean of hatred.
For this reason, I have proposed that issues related to to global warming are being posed by young men and young women who will succeed us, but also, that the answers that we can, I hope, keep it short and to the point. From questions that engage them and the answers that engage us.
That's why I wanted Sebastian Balibar to be here... researcher at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, who also directs the Physics section at the Academy of Sciences and IPCC collaborator. He has just written a very well-researched book on the issue of the climate.
Dear Sebastian, I would like to thank you for coming despite your busy schedule and welcome you to your second visit to Montenegro. Indeed Sebastien is also a member of the Tesla Prize Executive Board and as such he came last year for the presentation of the Prize. But before giving him the floor, allow me to thank warmly all those who have contributed to the organization of this Forum.
Thank you Jean Jacques for your support thank you to the Embassy and to the French Cultural Institute, Thank you dear Mr. Vukovic and the team. the Mediterranean faculty who will be hosting our forum tonight. I thank especially the students and their "EKOCOATCH" Milena Spicanovic Bulatovic. Thanks also to all those who agreed to participate and enrich the debate.
Thank you to the Director of the Human Resources Management Agency, Ms. Vukovic, for making the room available. Thanks to the technical teams and translators. Thank you all for being here and I hope that after this forum you will feel more concerned, more mobilized and more in solidarity with all the efforts that are being made and will be made to avoid environmental disasters such as global warming climate threatens us.
The two reproductions that you can see on either side of the grandstand are reproductions of an exciting work that Anka Buric is realizing for CANU " Otisak kamena - Stecci u Crnoj Gori". This is a series of prints made from the primitive tombstones that are in the garden of Biljarda. This man carved on stone between heaven and earth suspended from a rod vertical (tree or lance?) made me think immediately of destiny. human and the charcoal print Anka was making has me immediately raises the question that we will have to ask ourselves, "What is it that "...the imprint man will leave on the earth..."
I would like to congratulate Anka for this original and dare I say metaphysical engraving work. The videos that you are going to see are made by an NGO "Wild Touch" and by the Glaciologist Claude Lorius and the Filmmaker Luc Jacquet author of "The Emperor's March" and "Ice and Heaven". They are free of rights, you can download them on their web site we have subtitled them with the support of the French Institute and we will distribute them in the different schools in Montenegro and in our neighbours. I want to salute them for the great work they do.
For a long time I have been immersed in all these issues that affect our environment. I am more convinced than ever that the ecological state is the only prospect for Montenegro that can unite us around a worthwhile project and that can also bring us the consideration and support of the whole world. In the face of this challenge more than ever, the words of Petar II resound in our mountains: "Neka bude sto biti ne moze".
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