Over 30,000 people joined in the campaign to save Czech forests on Saturday
planting trees in areas decimated by the bark-beetle. The campaign was
organized by the state-owned company České Lesy which owns half of the
forests in the Czech Republic.
People were given different kinds of trees to plant within the adopted strategy to grow mixed forests on the territory of the Czech Republic, which are more resistant to different kinds of pests.
České Lesy is planning to plant 55 million trees this year to help make up for the losses sustained through bark-beetle infestation.
The Czech branch of Extinction Rebellion has joined a wave of climate protests organised by the environmental group around the world. Protests calling on politicians to take urgent action on climate change began in Prague on Thursday and will culminate on Saturday with a demonstration and a traffic blockade on Wenceslas Square.
Creamy soup from leftover mashed potatoes or vinegar made from fruit and vegetable scraps - these are just some of the many recipes included in a new cook book by the Initiative Zachraň Jídlo or Save Food. Its aim is to teach Czech consumers to reduce household waste by providing tips and recipes using food scraps, leftovers and surplus seasonal ingredients.
Forest owners in the Czech Republic face damages of up to 40 million crowns this year from an escalating spread of bark beetle, suggests a report by the think-tank Czech Forest, an independent group of experts in the forestry sector. The report warns that in the future, bark beetle infestation could affect up to 50 percent of the country’s forests.
Andrej Babiš highlighted environmental issues in an address to the UN General Assembly, saying the fact many states don’t fulfill their climate change commitments makes it harder for those that do to provide livelihoods for their citizens. The prime minister also referred to the Czech Republic’s recent past and plans for the future.
The Czech Republic wants to become a leader in innovation and artificial
intelligence, and a country that would set example for others, Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš said in his address to the 74th session of the
United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, New York time.
Mr Babiš said that the Czech Republic was fulfilling the commitments
stemming from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, adding that the changes had
to be gradual in order not to harm the country’s economic growth.
In his speech, Mr Babiš called for a strong European Union, which he described as the most successful peaceful project in the world. He said, however, that he had reservations about its engagement in the world.
Mr Babiš also criticised the speech of the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, calling it aggressive and hysterical.
Pavel Podruh, founder of the Czech start-up Self-Sufficient Houses, has become the first Czech ever to receive the prestigious Outstanding Young Person Award presented by the Japanese branch of the organisation Junior Chamber International. The Czech innovator was awarded for promoting the idea of ecologically friendly housing and for innovations in the field. I asked him to present his winning project in more detail:
Pavel Podruh, founder of the Czech start-up Self-Sufficient Houses, is the
first Czech ever to receive the Outstanding Young Person Award given by
Junior Chamber International (JCI). He was awarded for innovations in the
field and for promoting the idea of ecologically-friendly housing.
The Outstanding Young Person Award is an international programme celebrated annually by JCI to honour young persons or leaders that have had an impact on positive change in the community or have achieved something outstanding in their chosen field.
The Czech prime minister says it is necessary to deal with the issue of
climate change rationally, not to combat it in the manner of a fanatical
religion. Andrej Babiš is due to attend the United Nations Climate Action
Summit in New York next week. Speaking in Prague on Tuesday, he said the
Czech Republic was committed to net-zero carbon emissions. However, related
economic changes need to be effective in terms of cost and fair when it
comes to sharing the burden among states, he said.
Mr. Babiš told MPs at a conference at the Czech lower house that there was no need to exaggerate the issue by saying climate change would mean people wouldn’t have children or would become vegetarians. He reiterated that the Czech Republic regards nuclear power as the way forward.
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