ON THE occasion of World Environment Day celebrated on June 5, József Nagy, Slovakia’s Environment Minister presented environmental awards to those who care for environmental awareness and protection of nature in the country, Beatrice Hudáková, spokesperson for the ministry, told the TASR newswire.
Minister Nagy presented several kinds of awards: minister’s awards, honorary mentions and thank-you-letters for exceptional activities, a long-term contribution to the environment and for development of environmental sciences in Slovakia. The minister’s awards went to Štefan Mihálik, Július Burkovský, Dušan Slávik, Viliam Klescht, Ján Pagáč, Štefan Danko, Anna Jusková, a team of students from the secondary school in Nižná nad Oravou, the association of villages SEZO-Spiš, the J. Švermu basic school in Michalovce and the Bratislava Regional Protection Association (Bratislavské Regionálne Ochranárske Združenie), the ministry wrote on its website.
The ministry selected the recipients of the awards, honorary mentions and thank-you-letters from among many nominations, all representing exceptional stories, life experiences and many years working to protect the natural environment.
Minister Nagy said selecting the winners was not an easy task, adding he believes that all those who make environmental protection a mission in their lives will be awarded.
The minister’s awards are granted to municipalities, firms, civic associations, individuals or a team based on nominations from expert and civic groups as well as by members of the general public.
Three basic schools which joined the project called Clean Up Slovakia also received awards during the ceremony. A total 470 schools from across Slovakia are part of that initiative.
27. Jun 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff