Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

People fight for vanishing national park forests

The My Sme Les (We Are the Forest) initiative was signed by more than 25,000 people

Massive logging in Slovakia, illustrative stock photo(Source: TASR)

The mountain ranges Čergov, Poloniny, and Muránska Planina plane of the Low Tatras are just some of the forests where mass amounts of wood are logged. In the Low Tatras National Park, more than 70 square kilometres of woods have disappeared since 2004, the Sme daily wrote.

A group of environmental activists and protectionists, led by filmmakers Erik Baláž and Karol Kaliský, launched the internet initiative My Sme Les (We Are the Forest) on November 14. It was signed by more than 25,000 people in two days, and the number is still rapidly growing.

“I perceive it as a great success, as the main channel it is spread by is Facebook,” Baláž said, as quoted by Sme. “It depends on the communication between people, but it spread as an avalanche.”

The effort has been supported by several famous personalities, e.g. Ľudmila Kolesárová of Dobrý Anjel (Good Angel) initiative, host and presenter Marcel Forgáč or tennis player Dominika Cibulková.

“It will be partial success for us, if we get over 50,000,” Baláž added, as quoted by Sme. “I perceive it as a good means for a change, as a signal of public understanding.”

Baláž explains he does not want to make it a political agenda; rather his goal is to create a community that cares about forests.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Foreigners in Slovakia: Will they vote in upcoming elections?

Dutch activist after 13 years in Slovakia: I am still waiting to have a mayor who will translate the website of the city of Bratislava into English.

Illustrative Stock Photo

All for Jan: The year of magical thinking in Slovakia

Orbán used Soros as a powerful container for everything he stood against. Fico borrowed the ready-made narrative.

Jaguar Land Rover will ceremonially launch operations at its €1.4 bln Nitra plant next Thursday

Local trade unions and the carmaker have agreed on a wage rise even before the official launch of production.

The new Jaguar Land Rover plant in Nitra

Canada did it, so should everybody else

The burden of proof must now shift to those who oppose legalisation of marijuana.