Arrogant environmental polluters also told him to complain to the Waterworks Administration. The mitigating circumstance was that they did not add “sewers”. He endured it stoically, but also retaliated in an original way. Part of the garbage that someone would throw on the bank or in the riverbed and other public areas was collected and carefully stacked in cardboard boxes, which he then sent by mail, as packages, to the home addresses of irresponsible individuals. In each box, there was a short cover letter with a request that the throwing of garbage, where it does not belong, should never happen again.
This model of Milojko Marjanović, one of the pioneers of the environmental movement in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, otherwise Valjevac, after more than 30 years is “ripe” to be reactivated.
Post offices on Lim and Drina
Milojko is not alive, but if he were among us these days, the postmen would work in three shifts. On the shores of Lake Potpec near Priboj and the Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Drina, dozens of “counters” would be activated for receiving packages with packed floating garbage.
The last addresses, as they say, would be to all those inhabitants upstream of the Drina, Lim and even Tara and other tributaries. Those who did not throw could warn, rebuke or prevent their neighbors and fellow citizens.
Why Milojko’s package? Quite simply, there has long been nothing from “how difficult it is to be nice”, that is, responsible, polite and attentive to the natural environment, that is, the environment.
On such occasions, I always remind you that more than 2,000 years ago, it was forbidden to throw dead animals, wash your feet or spit in rivers in Persia and Ancient Greece. I am convinced that there were plastic bottles at that time, so that their uncontrolled throwing would be strictly strictly canceled.
Flirting with plastic
Unlike the Persians, today’s generation has lost every slave, so almost all cities deliver their dirtiest water and feces to the rivers. They are most comfortable in them. The relevant Ministry and numerous agencies, as well as the state itself, have only “big” plans on this issue, perhaps even good intentions.
This should be conditionally accepted, because the latest events with floating waste of enormous quantities, in fact, say that we should start only when a certain inconvenience occurs. This one repeats itself!
I am skeptical that by activating interstate agreements and appeals to the consciousness of citizens, something more important will change. We all continue to flirt with plastic and its waste, which we recycle a miserable two percent. We do this despite the knowledge that the so-called “long-lived” plastic, in addition to shortening the lifespan of rivers, lakes and seas, has not bypassed man. She dragged him to the kitchen, that is, food, and it was proven that her favorite place is the human body.
Bad publicity for domestic agriculture
Exactly on the day when the rare news arrived from Brussels: that our fruit growers were approved a new five-year duty-free export to the European Union market, in parallel, world agencies transmitted information all with photos, about the backfilling of several Serbian rivers with plastic waste.
The recorded scenes seemed depressing and unreal, with the first thought that it was happening somewhere else far away. Think for yourself how good advertising is for our agricultural products and food in general. I will remind you that Serbia plans to raise the export of agricultural products, led by fruit, to the amount of five billion dollars a year.
It is difficult for our environmental awareness to keep pace. We always put something off. We focus. We have or are looking for excuses. For example, our plans were disrupted by the COVIDA-19 pandemic last year.
No one disputes that there were certain difficulties, but there was no faster and more efficient adaptation to that new circumstance. Ecological kabadahi did not miss such silence, also justifying that due to the fear of a dangerous virus, they “had to” throw garbage and other waste into the first river, lake, park or forest…
Instead of complaining to the Waterworks Administration at this place, with a deep bow to the late Milojko Marjanović, I will quote a smart woman. It is about Pema Chodra, an ordained nun of Buddhist orientation who once said: “Nothing stops until we learn the lesson we should have known” !!!
Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.
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