Reply To: Reflections by Maria on lecture of 9 June

Author Replies # Posted on June 10, 2014 at 20:52

Reply to Nik from Maria
I find Nik’s remarks and comparisons between Slovenia and Sweden very thoughtful and interesting. Although Slovenia has good conditions and sources for sustainable and renewable energy, the country and its population in general does not seem to have any incentive to model a political policy and environmental awareness that would make a difference in the process of changing to a sustainable more political strategy. I wonder what the reason is; culture, political and social history, educational system, or even the geographical region? I have a sense that environmental issues are far less of concern in the southern countries in Europe than in the north, but why this would be a reason I do not know. However, I am convinced that the generation that now will take over from generation born in the 40s is very much more concerned, knowledgeable and more open-minded to new ideas. Hopefully, this “Internet and Facebook” generation will be able to formulate and initiate new economic and social models to tackle the globalised problems developing in the anthropocene era.
Nik refers to Kristina’s comment on equality and happiness. Although the association between these two conditions might be seen as rational and obvious, Sweden is, or at least has been, infamous for a high suicide rate. His example of the Australian company that let the employees work with own ideas, but being required to share and explain their projects, is fantastic. Not only within the IT related area, but combining the skills and genius of all kinds of innovative people working in companies and think tanks is another way to start begin solving problems that could seem more or less impossible without a holistic view and collaboration. Nik’s question about the relation between profession/work and awareness of, and interest in nature, is an additional relevant topic. There are probably studies about this issue, and maybe it is time to use this knowledge to find out what makes people realize the state of the environmental threats and then be willing to participate actively for a sustainable (=green) economy.