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Seeking harmony between the health of society and the health of nature

22.04.2016

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Today, on 22nd April, we celebrate Earth Day. On this occasion, people should become even more aware of the beauty, vulnerability and temporality of our planet and of the results of human actions for its benefit. We are also reminded of the importance of protecting our environment by today’s Car-Free Day. The purpose of this day is to encourage everyone to go to school, work or run errands by foot, by bike, or by public transport instead of taking the car, and do something good for our health and the health of the environment.

This year’s Earth Day emphasises the importance of trees and the harmony between people and nature. Trees help us combat climate change, protect us from harmful substances in the air, contribute to achieving long-term economic and environmental sustainability, while also providing us with food, energy and income. Slovenia can be proud that trees are an integral part of its landscape, as 58.3% of its territory is covered by forests. This ranks Slovenia the third most forested country in Europe, following Sweden and Finland.

This year's Earth Day has a special significance because it is the day that the ceremonial signing of a global agreement on the reduction of climate change will take place in New York. The Agreement adopted at the Climate Summit in Paris in December 2015 aims to steer the world towards sustainable development and represents an incentive for making investment and development decisions based on modern foundations. In Slovenia, the effective implementation of the Agreement will encourage new, green investments, new jobs, a healthier and more friendly environment, as well as the effective use of renewable energy and other natural resources.

On behalf of the Republic of Slovenia, the Paris Agreement on climate change will be signed by Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, together with high representatives from over 130 countries. A day before signing the Paris Agreement at the UN Headquarters, the Prime Minister participated in a themed discussion on reaching sustainable development goals that are focused on poverty reduction and combating climate change. During the debate, he emphasised the significant role of sustainable development goals in the drafting of Slovenia's long-term Development Strategy by 2030.


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