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Minister Simon Zajc, on the occasion of world environment day, calls for environmental protection and care

Ljubljana, 5 June 2019 – In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 5 June World Environment Day. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the environment and specific environmental issues. Slovenia is among the most biologically diverse countries in Europe. Another fact that testifies to Slovenia’s high level of biodiversity is that it has the largest proportion of protected Natura 2000 areas among all the EU member states, covering a full 37% of its total area. In particular, Slovenia strives to preserve nature in its protected areas, which account for 13% of its land area. This year, air pollution is the leading theme of World Environment Day. People’s lifestyle has also been contributing to air pollution and global warming through intense use of resources. We are producing and consuming more than ever before, and we are generating more greenhouse gases as a result, as well as air pollutants in the form of chemicals and particulate matter. Although they may seem to be two very different issues, climate change and air pollution are closely linked. By reducing air pollution, we also protect the climate. The quality of the air we breathe depends on the lifestyle choices we make every day. The Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning calls for environmental protection and care. He highlights that environmental policy contributes to the protection of the environment and points out that many challenges remain to be solved together.


The Slovenian government has already started preparing its Long-Term Climate Strategy, following a similar scenario for the long-term objectives of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including an interim objective by 2030.  An integral part of expert analyses will be economic analyses, where attention will be paid to all direct and indirect costs.   Studies at the EU and global levels clearly show that the net benefits (including financial) of the transition to a carbon-neutral society are much greater than the costs.  This provides a basis to decisively start preparing all such documents in Slovenia as well. The route to a carbon-neutral society is the road towards sustainable development, green jobs, and a healthy and safe society for all.


For the fifth year in a row in Europe, World Environment Day marked the end of European Sustainable Development Week, which Slovenia is an active participant in. This initiative promotes holding events and other activities to raise awareness about sustainable development. It is associated with implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted in September 2015 and contains seventeen sustainable development goals.




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