Is there a Greenpeace in Serbia?
There is probably no person in the world who has not heard of Greenpeace. Everyone knows that this non-profit organization fights for the protection of the environment, against climate change and against the use of nuclear energy. However, few people know that Greenpeace was created in 1972 from a small movement that tried to prevent the United States from testing nuclear devices in Alaska.
For many years, people in Serbia have been observing and supporting the work of Greenpeace, regretting that we do not have a similar organization, which would protect most beautiful places and ecology of Serbia. However, a couple of years ago, a small movement like this emerged in Serbia, and then developed into a non-profit organization and with good reason took the name "Serbian Greenpeace".
How and why was the ORSP association formed?
Surely, everyone has heard about the non-profit association "Let's Defend the Rivers of Stara Planina", which was formed in 2018. The movement to defend the rivers on Stara planina (Balkan Mountains) began back in the late 1980s when the residents of Temska and other villages opposed the plan to divert water from the Toplodolska River to the Zavojsko Lake.
In 2017, the Ministry retook the initiative to put the river in a tube. As a response, the people who would later find the Defend the Rivers of Stara Planina (Balkan Mountains) movement staged a performance titled “River Prayer” at the river of Temištica. The performance attracted significant public attention and informed the general population of this issue.
At the beginning of 2018, a Facebook group was formed with the aim of spreading awareness of the harmful consequences of small hydropower plants. In 2019, we created FB page and a website.
The group has become a significant channel for sharing opinions, experiences and all kinds of relevant information.
Similarities with Greenpeace
What is less known to the public is that this association is not only advocating for a ban on the construction of small derivation hydropower plants on Stara Planina, as well as in the whole of Serbia due to the extremely harmful effect on nature and quality of life, but for many other important things in our environment.
Some of the most important changes they are fighting for are the use of solar, wind and biomass for electricity production. They see the improvement of environmental problems in the use of sustainable solutions that help preserve nature.
ORSP originated as a small movement with one goal, but in a short time it expanded the scope of its activities and attracted more than 100,000 members. That is exactly why this association is called "Serbian Greenpeace" - because in addition to similar goals and problems they are fighting against, they also have a similar beginning.
More information about our activities can be found on our blog.