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“Bellona’s St. Petersburg conference seeks renewal and fortification of Russia’s environmental movement
Published on May 30, 2014 by Bellona
ST.PETERSBURG – Some 150 environmentalists from around Russia have gathered at a Bellona-hosted conference in the town of Pushkin to address the basic questions of where ecological activism in the country stands today, and how it should move forward in increasingly repressive conditions, increased Kremlin paranoia and a general sense of nationwide disconnect.
Entitled “Ecology in Russia: The Right to Life,” the three-day-long conference, which kicked off yesterday, gathered environmental heavyweights, is exploring wide-ranging, persistent questions of Russia’s industrial pollution, access to accurate environmental information, authorities’ accountability to public opinion surrounding the country’s myriad nuclear issues, legal protections for environmentalists, renewing a spark of environmental education for ordinary citizens, and the impact of international projects on Russia’s environment.
It’s a tall order of business to reach a consensus on the 72 hours of the conference, but it is also a necessary discussion to be having at a time when there is less unity of message across all stripes of activism in Russia, and at a not-unfamiliar retread of history when most of Russia’s critical voices are being harassed, jailed or hooted into silence or exile.” Read the entire article here: http://bellona.org/news/uncategorized/2014-05-bellonas-st-petersburg-conference-seeks-renewal-fortification-russias-environmental-movement