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We all wear clothes – but do we think about the consequences for the environment?
The quantity of clothes bought in Serbia is 80,000 tons per year, often of very questionable quality and composition. In order for clothes to be affordable, they are made of cheap materials – primarily plastic (polyester), and generally have a very short life cycle. Such clothes are equally harmful to the Planet – such as a plastic bottles or bags.
The cause is a fast fashion system that sets trends from week to week, motivating us to buy new clothes at cheaper prices.
As we buy, so we throw away: it is predicted that around 100 million tons of clothes will be dumped in landfills around the world every year.
The panel will address the negative consequences of inadequate textile waste management – from water pollution by microplastics to the impact on climate change and resource use, but also we will discuss what can we do to change some things for the better.

Panelists:
Prof. dr Miodrag Stojković
Founder of the special hospital for the treatment of sterility SPEBO Medical in Leskovac and professor of human genetics at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Kragujevac

Ivana Jovčić
Executive Director, Environment Improvement Centre

Prof. Vladimir Đurđević
Climatologist, Associate professor for the group for meteorology at the Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade

Moderators:
Dunja Jovanović and Marija Radaković
Authors of the F.fm podcast on sustainable fashion

This panel discussion is implemented with financial support of the European Union.
This webinar is supported by the EU Delegation, and it is part of a series of webinars under the theme: “Green agenda for Serbia”.

For years now, we are witnessing that the air in Serbia is getting increasingly polluted. The causes are various – from underinvestment and not entering the energy transition, the increase of economic activities, energy poverty, etc. Of course, this is not a phenomenon that is exclusively related to Serbia, the air quality around the world is getting worse. What is the EU and Serbia doing in the fight for cleaner air?
Pollution data is relentless and unambiguous – but what exactly do they tell us? Where does the pollution come from? What are the consequences?
Some cities in Serbia are taking the lead in terms of air pollution, and the local population is endangered. Are citizens well informed? Who pollutes? How does the fight for cleaner air at the local level look like?
The European Green Agenda and the Investment package for the Western Balkans are great instruments that should contribute to improving air quality and the environment, but… When will we get out of the fog?

Panelists:
Antoine Avignon,
Program manager for the environment and climate change, EU Delegation, Mission to Serbia

Mirjana Jovanović,
Project manager, Belgrade Open School, on behalf of the Coalition 27

Nataša Rašković,
Protok 21

Moderator:
Stevan Vujasinović,
Communications Coordinator, Climate Action Network (CAN Europe), on behalf of the Coalition 27

This panel discussion is implemented toghther with Coalition 27.
This webinar is supported by the EU Delegation, and it is part of a series of webinars under the theme: “Green agenda for Serbia”.
Simultaneous translation is provided RS/EN.

Climate change reminds us that, despite rapid technological development, we are still completely dependent on nature, that is, natural resources and natural cycles. In the panel, we will discuss how the EU Green Deal can support the establishment of the ecological network NATURA 2000 and reduce the risk of climate change. Also, one of the topics will be how protected areas can help us mitigate climate change and adapt to it.

Panelists:
Boris Erg,
director IUCN ECARO

Zoran Sretić,
expert for EU Law

Predrag Lazarević,
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Biology, Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden „Jevremovac“

Imre Krizmanić,
docent at the Faculty of Biology

Moderator:
Duška Dimović,
WWF Adria-Serbia

This panel discussion is implemented together with EU project NATURA 2000.
This webinar is supported by the EU Delegation, and it is part of a series of webinars under the theme: “Green agenda for Serbia”.

EKOSISTEM

Young Researchers of Serbia

ECO-SYSTEM Environmental Reforms Supporting Programme

Vodeni resursi i kriza vode

Water resources and the water crisis

Author: Ratomir Veselinović
Implemented by: Young Researchers of Serbia

Is there a water crisis in Serbia? When this question is asked, either in Serbia or abroad, the answer arises – we live on the Blue Planet! How could water run out at all? However, in addition to quantity, the quality of water is also important, which is not at a satisfactory level in our country. Although Serbia has enough water resources in terms of quantity, their quality is getting lower and lower, and with the irresponsible attitude towards water, its availability and usability will come into question.
If you want to be better informed about this topic, gain knowledge to initiate changes in your community and influence decision makers, then this is an ideal start that will not leave you indifferent.
For future “water experts”, visit e-trainings and go through mini-training!

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Upravljanje otpadom u Srbiji

Waste management in Serbia

Author: Kristina Cvejanov
Implemented by: Young Researchers of Serbia

Serbia produces 2.23 million tons of municipal waste annually, which is 300 kg per capita. Where does that waste end up? When this question is asked, a not so great answer is given, because only 25% of waste is disposed of where it is needed. However, recycling is not a hassle for everyone and there are bright examples that give us hope that something like that is still possible. Perhaps the key is in networking of civil society organizations with other actors, or through the magic of art, the state of waste management in Serbia can be changed, as the author tried to present in an inspiring way.
If you want to be better informed about this topic, gain knowledge to initiate changes in your community and influence decision makers, then this is an ideal start that will not leave you indifferent.
For future “waste experts”, visit e-trainings and go through mini-training!

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Upoznajmo hemikalije da bismo živeli zdravije

Get to know chemicals in order to live healthier

Author: dr sc. Marijana Ćurčić
Implemented by: Young Researchers of Serbia

Is there any chemistry between us? – Definitely. We are constantly exposed to a cocktail of chemicals, among which are often dangerous ones. Where are they found? They can be found in products such as household chemicals, plastic boxes and toys, fiscal bills and even in furniture. That is why it is important to start reading labels and get additional education.
If you want to get better information on this topic, learn how to interpret the label on chemicals and protect your health, then this is the ideal start that will not leave you indifferent.
For future “chemists”, visit e-trainings and go through mini-training!

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The e-trainings were implemented within the program “ECO-SYSTEM Environmental Reforms Supporting Programme “, which is supported by Sweden, and is conducted by Young Researchers of Serbia.

Karavan za klimu

The climate caravan is a project designed by the French Institute in Serbia in 2018, developed this year in partnership with the Centre for the Promotion of Science and the support of the European Union Delegation to Serbia and the United Nations Development Program in Serbia.

By connecting the fight against climate change and the protection of biodiversity, Climate Caravan 3.0 strives to reinforce citizens’ awareness of the importance of knowing and identifying protected species on the territory of Serbia.

The 2020 edition of the exhibition, which focuses on endangered species in Serbia, can be seen online: http://karavanzaklimu.rs/digital/sr/

If sanitary conditions allow, the exhibition will be proposed by appointment at the French Institute in Belgrade from November 12.

Education videos

These five short video clips explain the connection between climate change and – production and use of food, biodiversity, water, forests and the living world around us. Considering that climate change strongly impacts vulnerable and marginalized communities, each of the videos covers one theme from the perspective of the elderly, children, women with disability, national minorities and impoverished. In this way World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) in Serbia attempts to explain climate change in a practical and simple context, giving concrete examples how we can mitigate climate change and adapt to negative effects they cause. The video clips are part of the Climate Pact for Impact project that WWF in Serbia is implementing with the support of the Government of Sweden.

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