“I cannot say that tree decades ago we had a good situation. Green values do not have a sufficient and decent level of understanding. Unfortunately, green values are neither known, nor accepted by individuals who are called upon to do so. We see that there is a disappointing low level of action also of green political articulations or parties in the country that are doing everything but promoting, practicing and creating policies appropriate for green values”, said Xhabir Deralla, President of CIVIL at the panel Green Civil on the topic: „Green values, transformation of society for the benefit of all“
“The green agenda and green values are under serious threat at the global level as well, because the war in Ukraine has hindered plans, caused an energy crisis, there is a dramatic shifting of trends”, says Deralla.
“Skopje and the country have gone through an urban massacre over the past decade and a half and more. A serious blow to what urbanism means in a country. We are living the political attack on the urban appearance of the City of Skopje from the time of Gruevski. It’s enough for me to mention that Skopje 2014 was not only an over expensive project, but socially also an attack on the foundations of a democratic society and a multicultural, new and modern society. This can be felt even today.
Green agenda is an expensive toy and requires many relevant, professional and dedicated people to work on it and the state, business sector and all other sectors need to invest in it, so that we can come closer to the ideal implementation of any green agenda in the spirit of the European one.
Every investment in green agenda and urbanism pays off, but one must first take into consideration that green values and the rule of law are very important and will bring much more profit for everyone. Politicians, namely, the people who run the institutions, need to know that with a bit more effort, honesty, transparency, they can profit far more rather than just deal with corruption and crime”, considers Deralla.
Deralla also spoke about the impact that civil society organization have when it comes to green policies.
“I can say that civil society organizations were a driving force of positive changes in the past 10 years, but also based on other projects that CIVIL is working on and based on my long years of journalistic experience, I can say that because the civil society sector is the jewel of our society, not only in Macedonia, but in other countries in Europe as well and beyond, it is target, that is, a space where radical or less democratic structures infiltrate and under the pretense of certain names, or mandates and strategies that they offer in society, they actually work on spreading values opposite to democratic development and the green agenda”, explained Deralla.
“We find ourselves caught as a civilization by the fierce pace of climate change. A period in which we will have a stumbling block in that regard is ahead of us. I think that technological progress and communication technologies will be increasingly more abused at the expense of human rights and freedoms and that what he had as a convenience until yesterday, could become a luxury or unattainable dream in the near future for many citizens of our country, but also overall in the world. Therefore, the progressive forces need be consolidated and it should be understood that destructive messages and ideas don’t bring any good for anyone, except for a small number of people who profit from that and at the end even they themselves are losers”, said the President of CIVIL.
camera: Dehran Muratov
editing: Arian Mehmeti
translation: N. Cvetkovska