The Balkan War On Waste
The planet is facing two extremely serious problems,
wars between communities and the amount of rubbish
which people discard into the environment.
countries once divided by war,
religion have been quietly uniting to confront
a common foe - rubbish.
Let's do it
represents a joint effort by Albanian
and Kosovar activists, once bitter enemies,
to jointly clear their border area and the
polluted Lake Vermica.
Slovenian and Romanian populations
have also mobilised
to clear illegal land fills,
under the banner
Ecologists without Borders
The powerful message of these movements is that it
bridges borders and breaks national barriers.
When Bosnia had a clean up,
they had to talk to
several regional administrations.
What was particularly surprising was the fact
that the country had been a war zone just ten
Bosnia is one of several Balkan countries that
now has annual clean up actions. In Albania,
the issue has become so fashionable that events
are now organised every six months.
Hopes are high, however,
will come on board very soon.
The importance of civic movements is that
School students made up
most of the 55,000 volunteers who helped
clear an estimated 37,000 tonnes of rubbish
from forests, rivers, mountains and beaches
in Croatia four months ago.
Does that mean that all animosities are over?
That's difficult to say.
There's no harm in hoping!