20 January 2021
Today, BGF’s Programmes and Operations Manager, Rinora Gojani, was part of the environmental talk "Is there a solution?” organized by Riinvest College.
The lecture brought together personalities from various backgrounds, from activists to representatives from government levels, to provide an all-encompassing picture of the current developments within the sustainability realm in Kosovo.
Amongst them was Mimoza Kusari Lila, chairwoman of the Green Caucus Group, who focused on presenting the current state of affairs on the implementation of the legal structures in place for environmental protection in Kosovo, and underlined the need for reforms that lay the foundation for a development that is founded upon the principles of sustainable development.
Representative of BGF, Rinora Gojani gave emphasis to the negative implications of the current structure of energy sources, where the greatest reliance (over 97%) is on two coal-fired power plants, marking that its effects on air pollution, the environment, and our health are detrimental. “This inherited standing, this current energy mix coupled with heating, transportation, industry, our behaviors that harm the environment need to be altered. It is in our hands and the future generations to mark progress within the energy sector that will bring a just energy transition for a healthier and cleaner environment, for us and the region as pollution knows no boundaries,” stated Gojani
To represent the business sector, Nikki Murseli, program leader and designer at DYVO, highlights the benefits but also challenges of recycling as a business, where she stressed that despite obstacles, such efforts are very important because they are part of the puzzle for all-round efforts to achieve sustainable development.
Valbona Mustafa, an environmental activist, emphasized the importance of these movements as well as the role that each person can play in protecting the environment and raising their voice and getting involved in eliminating this chain of damage in nature. Mustafa stated that "Change begins with us. Together and we will make a difference despite all the problems.” She also made reference to the economic aspect and the lack of assessment for the social and environmental impact.
The lecture ended in a very fruitful discussion, where the students got to ask their questions on the topic and get more familiar with the happenings and opportunities in the field.