Thursday, 19 November 2009

Czech Ministry of the Environment, Vršovice

The Czech President, Václav Klaus, is well known for his antipathy to the European Union's Lisbon Treaty. He's also a fierce opponent of environmentalism, which he has called a religion based on political ambitions rather than science, and - most controversially - worse than communism: 'This ideology,' says Klaus, 'wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central planning of the whole world.'

One imagines that none of this goes down terribly well at the Ministry of the Environment in Vršovice, whose windows are being cleaned in today's picture. Formed immediately after the Velvet Revolution, the Ministry deals with all aspects of the Czech environment: water and air quality, conservation of natural areas, waste, biodiversity and so on.  Pollution from the notorious open-cast mining region known as The Black Triangle in the north of the country has been substantially reduced during its twenty years of existence.

Yesterday the Ministry launched an ambitious project to try to get each Czech to adopt a tree in the Congo. The aim of 'The World's Green Lungs' programme is the reforestation of a large area of central Africa, in order to promote better social and living conditions for local people and to contribute to an easing of the effects of climate change across the continent. I wonder whether the President will stump up? Somehow, your blogger doubts it.

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