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Left cheek kiss, right cheek kiss. Kiss the very ground.

“Going back to a simpler life based on living by sufficiency rather than excess is not a step backward. Rather, returning to a simpler way allows us to regain our dignity, puts us in touch with the land, and makes us value human contact again.”
— Yvon Chouinard

No where I have ever visited more acutely embraces the primal need of Chouinard’s words as HugsCroatia; physical human contact is a standard of ‘being’ here, vastly unlike the requisite three feet of personal space which Americans demand. Each greeting begins with this – you place your hands on the upper arms of the person standing before you, lean in to close the space between you, place your left cheek against theirs kiss, then the right, and kiss. You connect, you share physical space, you communicate with your heart as well as your whole being. If you are less than presenting yourself in ‘fullness of being’ you will be felt. Authenticity reigns supreme in this physical connectedness. I love this. I absolutely, unconditionally, LOVE THIS.

I sit here, four days back in Croatia after an absence of five and a half months, and I feel whole again. Really whole. I shed tears of gratitude for the wondrous gift of being here. I light candles in churches for the same reason. I stand calf deep in fountains in her cities and towns and the Adriatic (there is no time for a swim right now). I walk barefoot on Rovinj’s sidewalks in darkness and Pula’s streets in blazing July heat. I see fig and olive trees full of fruit and weep. The scent of the air dense with the sea, and earth’s minerals, pine, lavender and citrus assaults my senses and my heart.  I pull the energy of the land and its people into my being through every possible means as though I would perish from thirst and hunger should I fail. I am HOME.

When we arrived in Venice, (my business partner Ken Herron and I are in Istria, Croatia participating in the #ShareIstria campaign – the final week of a total of eleven – as #IstraKT), I was utterly exhausted. I was drained from the machinations of the culture of the USA, as well as the indifference and greed and IMHO the truly wrongheadedness of core values.  I was weary from the (foolish?) decision to simultaneously give up my apartment, put my things into storage, and stay not for the single week of the contest but through October. To embrace Croatia again, fully, and make sure that this is the path I will take – to make her my permanent home. [The truth is that were it not for remarkable friends in Rochester, NY I would not have been able to get on the plane to get here – they were still picking up the pieces of my life (and my shoes!) and putting these into storage for me as I simply ran out of time to do everything – my angels on Earth, I love you for this enormous gift more than you can know.]

The very first Croatian ‘touch’ on this return trip for me was on my left forearm. Our driver Glen, hired by the Istrian Tourist Board to collect us in Venice, did this several times as he listened to me speak of his country during our three hour drive to Rovinj. This was not uncomfortable to me, this is a balm. This tells me in the most elemental way that someone not only hears what I am saying but wants to reinforce the importance of my words to them on a personal level of what I am saying without using words of their own. I told Ken “I get petted a lot in Croatia.” I haven’t quite figured out the why of this, but it means the world to me that my energy is such that people feel comfortable in doing this.

We drove through Italy to Slovenia, stop at the border to get our passports stamped, drive on 20150724_114904-2perhaps 200 yards, and cross into Croatia, another stamp. ‘Dobar dan’ is expressed, smiles exchanged, our passports handed back to us.  A large sign another 200 yards ahead welcomes us to Croatia. My throat clenches, my eyes fill. I look behind our car quickly but there is traffic, no opportunity to get out of the car, kneel, and kiss the ground (I have now quietly attended to this ritual of a traveler returning home.)

From the 24th to today, the 28th, I have greeted each Croatian I encounter through an introduction not with a handshake but with this intimate touch and kisses on the their cheeks.  Our handler Goran said that I am the first person from all of the #ShareIstria teams to do this; I am shocked. How can anyone come into a culture and not make a tiny effort to know? Yet my reaction isn’t prideful. Rather it is concern that I might have offended. No, no, no he says, it is appreciated. Croatians generally, Istrians in particular right now, make me feel beyond welcomed, as we hug and kiss I better understand this (the second time around) the context of closing the space even further with me on parting company, Istrians are making me feel as though I am a native daughter returning to the nest after being away too long. For all those I have met along the journey to be here, amongst you again, your kindness and hospitality swamp my heart in the best possible way. Hvala lipo.

We would love your support of our participation in the #ShareIstria contest I hope you will follow us as #IstraKT (across social media platforms Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and help amplify our various posts on social media. Hvala lipo. Aj bog.

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Today’s new word is FKK, (no, it’s not Croatian).

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Pula cafe, photo credit: 100 DIFFERENT PLACES© Melanie Hahn 2015

Unless the Bura (Bora) is blowing (and often when it is) Croatians are outside – living. They are gathered in cafes under huge umbrellas and awnings, sunglasses donned – hats optional, they are in their gardens, and walking, sometimes dancing, doing their shopping, sailing, scuba diving, riding horses, fishing, swimming and sunning. The concept of a ‘sitting room’ (aka living room) is beyond foreign and does not exist in any of my Croatian experiences to date (thus the reason I have sold nearly all of the normal accouterments found in an American living room). If you are inside with Croatians you are gathered around their dining table eating and talking, drinking (coffee or Rakia or homemade wines – the families of most Dalmatians of my acquaintance have been making wine for between 400 and 700 years) and talking some more. The TV is most likely on in the background in either environment and the atmosphere will be raucous and passionate if football is ‘on’.

But more about being outside.

The thing is that Croatia boasts 3,630 miles or 5,840 kms of coastline so even with an onslaught of tourists (last year 11.3 million) visiting from all over the world from June to August you and yours will not be fighting for beachfront to claim or open water to enjoy. An astonishing amount of her coast is treacherously rocky outcroppings, a good portion golden and creamy white pebbled and finally some sand crescents so beautiful you might never wish to leave especially when coupled with waters so pure they are listed amongst the top in Europe for cleanliness and sunrises and sunsets that still all capacity for words. All along the coast home-owners extend their properties into the Adriatic with charming piers, sometimes enclosing the sea water (yet providing drainage) so that small children can splash safely at high tide in the heat of the summer afternoons. There is a very pleasant landward breeze that cools Croatia ‘in the season’ is called the Maestral.

Now, I am not a country bumpkin. I got over, and embraced (in theory), the ‘bare it all’ mindset of Europeans on my first trip to Budapest and the Hotel Gellert Baths but I must confess that I had never heard the word Freikörperkultur before this trip to Croatia; when your traveling companion, Ken Herron, tells you he spent a summer ostensibly ‘studying’ in Germany you learn all kinds of new things. So here we are, in Istria, doing our best to expand both our horizons, and yours, sharing all with you so that when you come you have the benefit of our experience and to save you some embarrassing (and costly) mistakes in protocol.

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Photo: Edita Druskovic

Understand this, there are three kinds of beaches to be enjoyed in Croatia – all appropriately marked – those with bathing suits, those where bathing suits are optional and those which for those who practice Freikörperkultur populate (the embedded link takes you to those nine nudist beaches in Istria). The first is self-speaking, take off your clothes here and get arrested. The second is nuanced; the third, if you show up and have bathing clothing on will get you a citation for not abiding by ‘terms of use’.

Further there are 114 Blue Flag Beaches in Croatia (again, reference how pristine the water is) and Istria has 40 of these very special beaches which maintain the highest possible environmental management and quality standards criteria (a new list of awardees is announced each 5 June).

So yesterday, as we arrived in Croatia, I powered through some work and took a much needed nap (making me late for dinner!) and Ken set off to explore Rovinj’s beaches. While I went to see 2Cellos after dinner last night, Ken went to bed. I was up late, posting this YouTube video from the concert, and he was up early. I am packed, but can’t find my diamond earrings, but haven’t had breakfast yet twobecause I am writing this – I best hurry it’s 8AM.

I have no idea if Ken went FKK yesterday or this morning – it’s like “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” but as we enter the first official day of our participation in the #ShareIstria contest I hope you will follow us as #IstraKT (across social media platforms Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and help amplify our various posts on social media.

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How do you #ShareIstria? You bring #Croatia to the #LILshow!

Regardless of our digital age or something far older, connections matter. The networks which beget those connections can foster REALLY-COOL-STUFF-HAPPENING!

I have been asked, a LOT, if I am Croatian, or if I have any Croatian blood. I have been asked why I care so much, why I love Croatia, why I would give up my American life to try and make a difference for her? I have been toldLiburnia “you don’t realise how Mediterranean you are”. It has been suggested that I ‘look’ like the pre-Illyrians race of the Liburnian people. The Poles are culturally and ethnically close to Croats – cousins, if you like. Although seven generations removed from ‘the old countries’ I am half Polish, with my typically American mash-up of French, English, Irish, Scots and German making up the balance of my heritage. None of this explains the deep grounding I feel for the Croatian people, the land itself, and of course the Adriatic, but it is resonant and to honour that resonance I must ‘do’.

We are, (speaking of myself in the 3rd person like I am royalty and certain friends will laugh so hard at this that they will spew their ice cold beverages at their computer screens!), while still ‘sort of’ sitting on the social media roman_painting_1marketing sidelines), very close to bringing a seemingly random online ‘content’ introduction into a real life connection, the net result producing a considerable marketing opportunity.

2013 October, OKCupid, a man shares a YouTube video with me.  I was captivated, I wasn’t the only one. The video went viral. Savvy use of social networks result in Sir Elton John offering his ‘patronage’ and the global fame and success that accompanies such. Females of all ages and gay men alike swoon. Straight men ‘get into it’ because they cover ACDC – brilliantly. In the midst of all of this I share ‘my’ discovery with my best girlfriend while drinking fantastically cold Martini’s and she suggests we make the ultimate road trip to fly to Istanbul to see their concert. (As sobriety is regained we quickly experienced a ‘level set’ having taken stock of the price of nearly last minute airline tickets.)

Fast forward, May 2015. My friend Ken and I are now contestants in @VisitIstra’s #ShareIstria contest as team #IstraKT. But we are more than that, we are also marketing people. Ken is particularly amazing at leveraging all that social media has to offer, while my niche is how a little research will generally net the strategic ‘sweet spot’ for just about anything, we both execute nearly flawlessly. We share a firm conviction of the ethos of #GiveMoreThanYouTake.

“Hey Ken, GUESS WHAT?!” (I can hear him moan on the other end of the phone before I even tell him “what”.) But, but, BUT – this would be GREAT! Logistics impossibilities and synergies aside Ken, just BELIEVE it will happen, he doubts, I never falter.

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Stjepan Hauser (left) and Luka Šulić (right) are 2Cellos

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Rovinj, Istra, Croatia sunset. Photo credit: Dragan Todorović

A faint percentage of you reading this will ‘know’ long before you have read this sentence that I have been writing of 2Cellos. For the rest of you, the weekly listeners of Carol McManus’ LinkedIn Lady Show that my friend Ken Herron co-hosts, you are about to learn how two classically trained musicians have turned their cellos into a generations-defying crossover sensation and it all started with a YouTube video (sort of). 2Cellos will be making an appearance on the 22 July #LILShow in support of their playing Rovinj Jazz Festival organised and hosted by Maistra, along with Maistra representatives and both will be talking about their use of social media to build their brands. OH. BUT. WAIT. THERE. IS. MORE. Something which will make everyone with a breathe of life in their bodies want to know where Rovinj is but also do everything humanly possible to be there the night of 24 July. I will, (kicking dirt figuratively), leave that to Ken and Carol.

If you are not yet familiar with Luka and Stjepan allow me the privilege of sharing a few video selections as an introduction – humour you can understand even without a command of language, energy that comes playing from an iconic cultural song Mesečina, their ACDC cover of Back in Black and my personal hymn Benedictus (which has repeatedly appeared on my journey of coming ‘home’ to Croatia with each step I have taken).

Networks offer opportunity, while building connections into relationships can be powerful catalysts for change. The Balkans still have a lot of healing to realise. There is still pain from the ex-Yugoslav War. There is still epic corruption that is generated from a society denied so much for so long that makes people do desperate things at the expense of the whole of society. But Croatia has an unparalleled beauty both physically and within the souls of her people, something so ancient and pure that your breath is taken from you at each example of it  – reverence, awe, being humbled all at once. Perhaps in offering this it is enough explanation at a visceral level of “why Croatia” until you experience her yourself.

Please follow our adventures on Twitter @Kenherron @TeresaFritschi @Commarglo (our new consulting agency) and especially with the hashtag #IstraKT (which we hope you will RT and share with reckless abandon). #WishYouWereHere

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Sitting on the #socialmediamarketing sidelines

Every day I witness epic #fails related to the use of social media to market brands, failures to achieve increased sales, to shift perception, to communicate effectively and it is so very frustrating.

sidelines 2Right now I am sitting on the social media marketing sidelines, and to a larger extent the whole strategic planning for the brands involved. Efforts that, oh gosh I wish I was driving – and not being in the driver’s seat is giving me the same level of nausea I get whenever I am a passenger. And, mind you, this is not about my ego and or desiring to stand in the spotlight because every MarComm professional knows that our place is in the background making things happen. But still.

socrates-knowing-that-you-know-nothingOn more than one occasion in every professional communications person’s lifetime can be heard a refrain similar to ‘I’m sorry. “You don’t know what you don’t know.” I should have listened to you.’ Ultimately ‘decision makers’ who always seem to think they know best because, well, they are in charge, who undermine the expressed goals of their business strategies based solely upon ego rather than knowledge and there’s absolutely nothing to be done about it. Being right is no consolation. It doesn’t matter what the vertical is. It doesn’t matter who didn’t listen and whose advice was ignored. When the net result realises something far less than what could have been strategically planned for, and was tactically possible to deploy, the underlying reason for the shortfall is either about ego and/or competency.

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A short while ago London witnessed the most perfect deployment of advance marketing in my recent memory – and yes, it went viral. Funny how washboard abs on a man wearing leather briefs and gladiator sandals will attract attention, get people talking, ENGAGE with the brand. And that is the point of marketing, isn’t it?

Through a friend I heard recently that his point of contact (a marketing person) bemoaned the fact that the owner of her company held disdain for the expenditures associated with marketing and communications, he just couldn’t find value in these activities. As I listened I thought the same thing I have for 30 years, this isn’t ‘if you build it, he will come’. Today (as ever) word of mouth fostered by strategic communications is what drives revenue. Sometimes it’s subtle, sometimes it is an activity so in-your-face that people gasp out-loud, and often times it is (rather mundane) variations on thoughtfully developed core messaging – but it is always about positioning, brand alignment, and amplification which garners engagement. Simple? Right? Ah, not so much so. Because the other critical piece of this is while a marketing and communications professional knows that they are not an engineer or a doctor for some reason other professionals all think they can “do” our jobs as well as we do.

On another note my business partner Ken Herron and I are the #IstraKT team competing in the #ShareIstria campaign being run by the Istrian Tourist Board for a €10,000 prize (and yes, bragging rights). The only analytics that actually count for us (or any of the teams) are those generated during our respective week of the contest (in our case this is the last week of the campaign starting in Rovinj, Croatia 25 – 31 July). Of course we’d be delighted for you to follow our adventures under the hashtag #IstraKT (on Twitter, Instagram, G+, Facebook, Periscope and our blogs) on Twitter we are @kenherron @teresafritschi and our new business is @commarglo. We haven’t begun to deploy the various components of our plan. For now our efforts are only pre-marketing ones. That is not so say we haven’t netted results – we have, impressive results by anyone’s standards.

The following represents ONLY engagements realised to date (not actual Tweets, not delivery to accounts, not impressions, not blog posts read, Pinterest shared, no Facebook Shares or Likes – well you get the idea) from 24 April 2015, when we entered to qualify as contestants in the ShareIstria contest, to 11AM on 11 July 2015 and were pulled from analytics.twitter.com for each of our accounts.

9815 @KenHerron
4015 @TeresaFritschi
435   @commarglo  (after years of discussing it we finally decided to make our business relationship ‘formal’ and legally incorporate on 29 June along with Branko Obradovic )

It should be noted I am not the metrics geek of our team, but we have earned FourteenThousandTwoHundredSixtyFive engagements under the #ShareIstria hashtag for our three accounts on Twitter in SeventyEightDays.

Remember this ‘us’ not fully deployed, this is us sitting on the social media marketing sidelines, queued and waiting for our turn to engage. Let’s assume that the conversion rate of these ka-chingengagements is 2% – meaning that eventually 285.3 people (not factoring in traveling companions) will actually visit Istria, Croatia as a result of our pre-marketing efforts. There, according to Lonely Planet, they will spend on average €316.82 per day (sorry, our messages aren’t targeting the backpacker market segment) and let’s “just” consider our time as the average visit – 7 days – thus adding (at minimum) over €633,000.00 to Istria’s tourism revenues. I feel really good about that.

In the meantime pull your own numbers. Not close to these? Challenge your social media agency or internal team to do better for you and your business and 90 days to up their results. Not happy after that? You know how to find us – @commarglo.

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An open letter to His Holiness, Pope Francis on behalf of The Adriatic

On 7 July the following letter was sent to His Holiness, Pope Francis, in Italian with signatures and in Croatian and English (without). The effort in writing this took place over many weeks, diligently and painstakingly translating from the English version I drafted, into lyrical Italian and Croatian. I must acknowledge the idea was not mine, but my help was asked. I also give credit (however unlikely you as a reader might think this to be) for the inspiration offered by thirteen Scottish Lords and an Abbott whose words compelled Pope John XXII in April of 1320 to release them from His call to fight in The Crusades, without The Declaration of Arbroath this letter would not exist as it does.

We, as a team, were then guided to a stationary shop along a narrow street in Venice that binds books and sells old fashioned handmade paper.  On this special paper our words were then printed and our digital signatures (as below) were affixed and the letter was subsequently mailed (with return receipt requested) to The Vatican.  A second, exact physical copy was also sent to a priest in Italy with ties to The Vatican and His Holiness. Finally, the letter was also conveyed to The Vatican by facsimile and email.

We have shared the original PDFs of the letters with a handful of respected media outlets in Croatia and internationally with the hope that broad publication will be the end result.

Our signatures are but a handful of committed to the preservation of the Adriatic but this effort truly represents thousands of individuals who are daily engaged in a battle to preserve our planet. In sharing our efforts here I hope to inspire others to go on to do one thing today which leaves the world in a better place than it was when you woke up this morning.

In loving kindness, Teresa

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The meme of Pope Francis and his words is provided simply to add visual interest to this blog and was not part of our original efforts.

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His Holiness, Pope Francis PP
00120 Via del Pellegrino
Citta’ del Vaticano
and via email: av@pccs.va

7 July 2015
To Our Most Holy Father and Lord in Christ, Pope Francis:

We address You, protector of all people who have been deprived of their basic rights and as steward of our sacred planet. We are grateful beyond measure for Your dedication and commitment and we beseech Your Blessing and intervention on behalf of the Adriatic Sea and her surrounding areas, her ecosystems which abound in riches and the beauty of life, and on behalf Croatian citizens, and those who know no political boundary, entrusted with the care and preservation of these natural wonders and abundance. We are familiar with the fact that recently You have organized a Summit on climate and have read Your Encyclical on the environment. In the light of Your exhaustive knowledge of science, and actions in that regard, our people, Your Children in Christ numbering nearly 3.8 million Croatians, need Your wisdom and the protection which only the Holy See can offer.

The Republic of Croatia is a small Mediterranean country possessing a wonderful gift from God, the Adriatic Sea, which is a pearl of nature known throughout the world as one of the purest bodies of water on Earth. Ours is a rich coast consisting of bays and beaches and many islands and peninsulas, logically earning Croatia the moniker ‘A land of a thousand islands’. However the Adriatic is narrow and rather shallow for all intents and purposes, as she is nearly closed off from adjacent salt waters, she is in the form of a lake and as such it is vulnerable to any influence especially that of human disrespect and violation. Ever since our ancestors arrived here in the 7th century Croatians have cherished the purity and life offered by the sea, but today, we are threatened by the very real possibility of destruction of this treasure!

The Government of Croatia, with Prime Minister Zoran Milanović and Minister of Economy Ivan Vrdoljak, are promoting a frantic race for false profit and a short-term, and questionable economic growth policy, pushing us into various highly dangerous projects related to the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons, and, for this purpose they founded The Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency. Their plan would give over almost 90% of the Croatian Adriatic and a large part of the fertile mainland suitable for cultivation of food stuffs and the source drinking water for millions of Croatians to drill for, and secure the extraction of hydrocarbons. The Croatian people have been denied any right to participate in the decision process related to these all-important matters through our Parliament or by referendum. The Government has declared, of its own accord, that the research and exploitation of hydrocarbons from the Adriatic seabed and our mainland is a strategic issue, using the economic crisis in Croatia as their excuse. Furthermore, a practice of systematically censoring the media has been adopted by Croatian authorities and its public relations consultants ensuring that the general public is either entirely ignorant or nominally informed of all the possible social, ecological, economic, historic and cultural impacts of this extremely dangerous and harmful project. Our economic crisis, some say purposefully orchestrated, has forced our population into an existence of pure survival with little strength to actively enquire and engage in debate over the decisions made by the political elite.

Instead of cherishing and protecting our pearl, entrusted to them by domestic and international laws, the people and God, the Government, via the Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency, has already negotiated exploitation plans with foreign oil companies. Of their own volition, and for the singular purpose of creating a favorable framework for these projects, these individuals have created new laws which ignore international treaties, disdaining their own people and Constitution, all common sense and reason. Implausibly and impossibly they have offered drilling concessions for both natural gas and crude oil in close proximity to UNESCO protected and Natura 2000 designated lands, justifying their treachery, corruption and their insidious greed and that of the petrochemical companies using the ‘energy independence’ and ‘energy security’ rationale. Aside from your own words, the increased divestiture of fossil fuels from investment portfolios, the G7 recognise climate change as a global security threat and have agreed to actively pursue decarbonising the global economy and eliminating the use of fossil fuels by the end of this century.

The substrata of the central and southern Adriatic region is well documented as being extremely unstable, all of the proposed actions increase the risk of catastrophic earthquakes. Our fragile world and its people have witnessed far too many disasters caused by the indifference and carelessness accorded by major oil companies and their political partners resulting in endless tragedies to nature. Furthermore, the sound vibrations from powerful devices used by these companies in their exploratory actions and subsequent drilling, as well as chemicals they obtrude through the water and into the soil of the Earth during such activities are the cause of suffering and death for the many creatures that inhabit the sea, endanger flora and fauna and are the well-documented cause of pollution to continental ecosystems and drinking water.

The Republics of Slovenia and Italy have filed official diplomatic protests as a result of their exclusion from participation in the standard processes outlined by ESPOO, and in failing to receive copies of the studies conducted by the Croatian Government to the potential harms to be wrought on the Adriatic’s environment by the proposed hydrocarbon initiative. Further, some Members of the Croatian Parliament have submitted an Interpellation, later accepted by the Parliament Committee for Environmental Protection and Nature, which calls for the resignation of Minister of Economy Ivan Vrdoljak, specifically named with seven other ministers and members of their staffs, for mismanagement, conflict of interests and various ethics violations. And a group of noteworthy Croatian experts and common citizens alike have filed criminal charges against the Croatian Government and its agencies as implemented by the Ministry of Economy and the Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency for illegalities and significant procedural failures in connection with the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Adriatic. Please follow these links to the aforementioned public notice (posted in Croatian and English).

We – responsible citizens of the Republic of Croatia and our global brethren – are rightfully concerned and very disturbed. The danger is now ‘at our door’ as contracts are scheduled to be signed by mid-July 2015. A national day of protest is now organized in Croatia for 11 July. A handful of important Croatian politicians along with the powerful from the oil industry have ignored our appeals to preserve our Adriatic pearl as well as the fertile land and sources of drinking water for our children and the whole mankind. They choose not to embrace sustainable development, or renewable energy sources developed from the abundance that the Lord offers us through sun, wind, waves and biomass, although Croatia offers highly favorable conditions and possibilities to do so. Our attitude is clear the exploratory activities and subsequent extraction of hydrocarbons from the bottom of the Adriatic Sea pose unnecessary risk to the vital and growing economies offered Croatia through tourism and fisheries. Drilling poses an imminent danger likely to destroy the delicate ecosystems and the flora and fauna found therein and as well as adversely affect the welfare of humankind. The same activities on the mainland will likewise negatively impact the health of the biosphere and all resources critical to the quality of drinking water, the ability of the soil to cultivate agriculture, and the inherent beauty God granted our land.

Humanity can no longer afford the use of fossil fuels and nor invest in their exploration and exploitation. The time has come to establish a new paradigm for energy creation and consumption, supported by appropriate policies at the national and international level, policies which would void concessions already granted in advance of actual drilling for hydrocarbons anywhere, particularly in fragile ecosystems such as the Adriatic, the Arctic and the east coast of the Atlantic at the Outer Banks. Please Holy Father, help us drive policy to divert the significant subsidies and tax breaks which Governments accord to oil corporations and instead invest these funds in technologies based upon renewable energies and clean technologies. Such a policy would enable greater economic growth in the energy sector and concurrently allow for the preservation and expansion of tourism, fisheries and agriculture.

Most Holy Father, please raise Your voice in support of our plight and denounce those who seek to destroy such beauty and abundance on behalf of profits. Your signal, a handful of words on this subject, will have a strong impact on the Croatian people, as well as Croatia’s politicians. Your voice of support would have enormous and positive impact in helping numerous eco-organizations and citizens, not only in Croatia, but also in all other countries of the Adriatic-Ionian region: Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Italy, where the struggle against these powerful, ruthless and lethal enemies lay siege to and are set to destroy what God has made.
It is in our faith that we supplicate our collective voices to You for help Holy Father. Humbly, we ask You to remember us in Your public speeches, in Your prayers and actions, and to make a special appeal for reason and grace regarding the salvation of the Adriatic Sea and her surroundings.
We would be honored if Your Holiness could find time to receive a group of our delegates in audience so that we might be able to further express our concerns about the scope of this very important matter; we enjoin Your positive response to our proposal and request and we thank You for Your time and consideration.

We extend our prayers to include You, may the Most High preserve You to his Holy Church in continued wisdom, success in Your noble efforts and grant You length of days.

Very truly yours, in faith.

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In Italian: 

Al nostro Santissimo Padre e Signore in Cristo, Papa Francesco:

Ci rivolgiamo a Voi, protettore di tutte le persone che sono state private dei loro diritti fondamentali e custode del nostro sacro pianeta. Vi siamo immensamente grati per la vostra dedizione e profondo impegno nella lotta per i diritti umani e la protezione dell’ambiente; per questo invochiamo la Vostra benedizione e il Vostro intervento a nome del mare Adriatico e le sue aree circostanti, ecosistemi che abbondano di ricchezze e di bellezze naturali, e per conto dei cittadini croati e di chi non conosce alcun confine politico, coloro che custodiscono e conservano con cura queste meraviglie. Siamo a conoscenza del fatto che Voi di recente avete organizzato un Vertice sul clima ed abbiamo letto la Sua Enciclica sull’ambiente. Alla luce della Sua conoscenza esaustiva sulla scienza e le Vostre azioni a tal proposito, la nostra gente – i vostri figli di Cristo, quasi 3,8 milioni di cittadini croati, hanno bisogno della Vostra sapienza e della tutela che solo la Santa Sede può offrire.

La Repubblica di Croazia è un piccolo paese Mediterraneo che possiede un meraviglioso dono di Dio – il mare Adriatico – una vera e propria perla della natura, conosciuto in tutto il mondo come uno dei mari più incontaminati della Terra. Ci è stato fatto dono di una delle coste più belle in quanto è costituita da molte isole grandi e piccole, penisole, baie e spiagge, motivo per cui alla Croazia è stato attribuito il nome di “Terra delle mille isole”. Tuttavia, l’Adriatico è un mare quasi chiuso e poco profondo, inadatto a qualsiasi utilizzo e scopo, dal momento che è praticamente privo di contatti con altri mari e simile piuttosto ad un lago; come tale è vulnerabile a qualsiasi influenza, soprattutto all’abuso e alla mancanza di rispetto da parte dell’uomo. Fin da quando i nostri antenati arrivarono qui nel VII secolo i Croati amarono la purezza e la vita offerti dal mare, conservandone la biodiversità e ricchezza, ma oggi siamo minacciati dalla possibilità, molto reale, di perdere questo tesoro!

Il governo della Croazia, con il primo ministro Zoran Milanović e il ministro dell’ economia Ivan Vrdoljak, sta promuovendo una corsa sfrenata al “presunto” profitto e ad una politica di crescita economica discutibile ed a breve termine, spingendoci in vari progetti altamente pericolosi legati all’esplorazione e allo sfruttamento di idrocarburi, e per questo scopo, hanno fondato “l’Agenzia degli Idrocarburi”. Nella concessione si parla dello sfruttamento di quasi il 90% della parte Croata dell’ Adriatico e di gran parte della terra fertile adatta alla coltivazione di prodotti alimentari e ricca di sorgenti d’ acqua potabile per milioni di croati.

Al popolo croato, tuttavia, è stato negato qualsiasi diritto di partecipare al processo decisionale su un tema così importante per la vita, sia attraverso il parlamento che con un referendum. Il governo ha dichiarato, di propria iniziativa, che il progetto di ricerca e sfruttamento di idrocarburi, per il quale è favorevole, è una questione strategica, utilizzando come scusa la crisi economica presente in Croazia da qualche tempo. La pratica del blocco sistematico dei media adottata dalle autorità croate e dai loro consulenti per pubbliche relazioni, ha assicurato che il popolo rimanesse al oscuro o solo “formalmente” informato su tutti i possibili impatti sociali, ambientali, economici, storici e culturali che questo progetto, estremamente pericoloso e nocivo, può avere. La crisi economica presente in Croazia, alcuni dicono espressamente orchestrata, ha costretto le masse ad un’esistenza di pura sopravvivenza togliendo loro la forza e la volontà di informarsi ulteriormente sulle decisioni prese dall’ élite politica e parteciparvi attivamente.

Anziché amare e protegge l’Adriatico – la nostra perla, che gli è stata affidata, tramite diritti nazionali e internazionali, dal popolo e da Dio, il Governo croato, attraverso l’Agenzia degli idrocarburi sta già negoziando i piani per l’esplorazione e lo sfruttamento con le compagnie petrolifere straniere. Di propria iniziativa, e con l’obiettivo di creare un quadro favorevole ai loro progetti, questi individui hanno creato nuove leggi che ignorano i trattati internazionali, svalutando e disprezzando così il loro popolo, la Costituzione ed il buon senso. Inverosimilmente e incredibilmente hanno offerto concessioni di perforazione per il gas naturale e il petrolio greggio in prossimità di zone definite protette dalla rete ecologica Natura 2000 e nelle vicinanze dei siti del patrimonio dell’umanità protetti dall’Unesco, giustificando il loro tradimento, la corruzione e la loro subdola avidità, cosi come quella delle ditte petrolifere, con la logica di una presunta “indipendenza energetica”. Questo atteggiamento del Governo croato è in grosso contrasto con le Vostre stesse parole riguardo alla necessità di una sempre maggiore riduzione degli investimenti legati ai combustibili fossili dai portafogli di investimento, e anche con l’accordo preso all’ interno del G7, che riconosce i cambiamenti climatici come una minaccia alla sicurezza globale, di portare avanti il piano di “de-carbonizzazione” dell’economia globale e l`eliminazione dell`utilizzo di combustibili fossili per la fine di questo secolo.

E’ stato documentato che il sottosuolo della zona adriatica centrale e meridionale è estremamente instabile, e tutte le azioni proposte aumentano il rischio di terremoti catastrofici. Il nostro fragile mondo e la sua gente hanno visto troppi incidenti causati dalla indifferenza e dalla disattenzione delle maggiori compagnie petrolifere e dei loro partner politici con conseguenti tragedie senza fine per la natura. Inoltre, le vibrazioni sonore dei potenti dispositivi utilizzati da tali compagnie nelle loro azioni esplorative e perforazioni, così come le sostanze chimiche che vengono rilasciate in acqua e nel sottosuolo durante queste attività, anche in assenza di un incidente, causano la sofferenza e il decesso di numerose creature che popolano il mare, mettendo in pericolo la delicata flora e fauna, e sono la causa ben documentata di inquinamento degli ecosistemi continentali e dell’ acqua potabile.

Le Repubbliche di Slovenia e Italia hanno presentato proteste diplomatiche ufficiali a causa della loro esclusione dalla partecipazione alle consultazioni transfrontaliere, secondo quanto stabilito dal protocollo ESPOO, e per non aver ricevuto copie dello Studio strategico, condotto dal Governo Croato, sul probabile significativo impatto sull’ambiente del Piano e programma quadro di ricerca e produzione degli idrocarburi nell’Adriatico. Alcuni parlamentari croati hanno presentato un’ interpellanza, poi accettata dalla Commissione parlamentare per la protezione dell’ambiente e della natura, che chiede le dimissioni del ministro dell’economia Ivan Vrdoljak, indicato insieme ad altri sette ministri e membri dei loro staff, per cattiva gestione, conflitto d’interessi e varie violazioni dell’etica. Inoltre, un gruppo di notevoli esperti croati e di cittadini comuni ha presentato accuse penali contro il Governo croato e le sue agenzie, per l’illegalità dei metodi condotti dal Ministero dell’Economia e dall’Agenzia degli Idrocarburi, e per i notevoli errori procedurali in relazione al progetto di esplorazione e di sfruttamento di idrocarburi nel mare Adriatico. Si prega di seguire questi link (pubblicati in croato e in inglese).

Noi, cittadini responsabili della Repubblica di Croazia ed i nostri fratelli di tutto il mondo siamo ragionevolmente disturbati e preoccupati soprattutto ora che il pericolo è “alla nostra porta”, visto che le firme sui contratti sono previste verso la metà di luglio 2015. Una manciata di politici importanti croati insieme ai potenti del settore petrolifero ignorano i nostri appelli di preservare la perla del Adriatico, come pure la terra fertile e le fonti di acqua potabile per i nostri figli e l’intera umanità. Scelgono di non abbracciare una politica di sviluppo sostenibile ed ecologico, basato sulle fonti di energia rinnovabile, che il Signore ci offre in abbondanza attraverso il sole, il vento, le onde e la biomassa, ne di cercare altre soluzioni volte a creare energia pulita, anche se per tale sviluppo la Croazia offre condizioni più che favorevoli. La nostra posizione è chiara: l’ attività di esplorazione e la successiva estrazione di idrocarburi dai fondali del mare Adriatico sono dannosi per il delicato ecosistema marino, rappresentano una grave minaccia per la sopravvivenza della flora e della fauna e per la purezza dell’acqua marina; di conseguenza sono un pericolo per la salute umana e rappresentano inoltre un rischio inutile per due settori fondamentali ed in continua espansione dell’ economia croata, il turismo e la pesca. Le stesse attività sulla terraferma avranno ripercussioni ugualmente negative sulla salute della biosfera e su tutte le risorse decisive per la qualità dell’acqua potabile, sulla qualità del suolo nell’agricoltura e sulla bellezza intrinseca che Dio concesse alla nostra terra.

L’umanità non può più permettersi l’uso di combustibili fossili, né di investire nella loro esplorazione e sfruttamento. È giunto il momento di adottare un nuovo modello per la creazione e per il consumo di energia, sostenuto da politiche adeguate a livello nazionale e globale. Tali politiche dovrebbero annullare le concessioni preventivamente rilasciate a favore dello sfruttamento di idrocarburi, specialmente in ecosistemi fragili ancora incontaminati, come l’ Adriatico, l’Artico e la costa orientale dell’oceano Atlantico. Vi preghiamo di aiutarci a spingere per una politica che tagli i sussidi s e le agevolazioni fiscali che i Governi offrono alle compagnie petrolifere, e li dirotti a favore di tecnologie basate sui fonti di energia rinnovabili e tecnologie pulite. Una tale politica significherebbe una maggiore crescita economica nel settore dell’energia e contemporaneamente consentirebbe la salvaguardia, e l’espansione di importanti settori economici quali il turismo, la pesca e l’agricoltura.

Santo Padre, Vi preghiamo di dar forza alla nostra voce in merito a questa nostra sofferenza e condannare coloro che cercano di distruggere la bellezza e la ricchezza della natura, regalataci da Dio, in nome del profitto. Un Vostro segnale, o anche poche parole su questo tema avranno una forte influenza sul popolo Croato, come pure sui politici croati. Il Vostro supporto avrebbe anche un’ enorme e positivo impatto sulle numerose organizzazioni ambientali e sui cittadini, non solo in Croazia, ma anche in tutti gli altri paesi della Macroregione Adriatico-Ionica: Grecia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia ed Erzegovina, Slovenia e Italia, dove si lotta contro questo nemico potente e spietato che usurpa e vuole distruggere ciò che Nostro Signore ha creato.

Nella nostra fede, a Voi, Santo Padre, rivolgiamo le nostre numerose preghiere chiedendoVi aiuto. Umilmente Vi chiediamo di ricordarVi di noi nei Vostri discorsi pubblici, nelle Vostre preghiere e azioni e di fare un appello al buon senso per quanto riguarda la salvezza del mare Adriatico e dei suoi dintorni.

Saremmo onorati se Vostra Santità potesse dedicarci anche una piccola parte del Suo prezioso tempo, e concedesse un’ udienza a una nostra delegazione, in modo da poter esprimere ulteriormente le nostre preoccupazioni circa la portata di questa importante e delicata questione. Nella speranza di una Vostra risposta positiva, Vi ringraziamo per il Vostro tempo e la Vostra considerazione.

Estendiamo a Voi le nostre preghiere, possa l’ Altissimo mantenerVi, nel pieno della Vostra saggezza, alla guida della Santa Chiesa, premiare i Vostri nobili sforzi e donarVi una vita lunga.

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Našem Presvetom Ocu i Gospodinu u Kristu, Papi Franji

Obraćamo se Vama, zaštitniku svih obespravljenih ljudi svijeta i povjereniku naše svete planete. Neizmjerno smo zahvalni na Vašem zalaganju i svesrdnoj predanosti u borbi za ljudska prava, kao i za zaštitu okoliša, stoga Vas molimo za blagoslov i intervenciju u ime Jadranskoga mora i njegove okolice – ekosustava koji još uvijek obiluju bogatstvom ljepote i života, te u ime građana Republike Hrvatske i svih ostalih ljudi dobre volje, kojima su isti povjereni na brigu i čuvanje. Poznato nam je da ste nedavno organizirali Summit o klimi, te da je upravo objavljena Enciklika o zaštiti okoliša. U svjetlu Vašeg svestranog znanstvenog obrazovanja, te spoznaja i djelovanja s time u vezi, naš narod, Vaša djeca u Kristu, u brojnosti od 3,8 milijuna Hrvata, trebaju Vašu mudrost, kao i zaštitu koju Sveta Stolica može ponuditi.

Republika Hrvatska je mala mediteranska zemlja koja posjeduje predivan dar od Boga – Jadransko more – dragulj prirode, poznat diljem svijeta kao jedno od najbistrijih i najčišćih mora na Zemlji. Naša obala je duga, izuzetno bogata i razvedena, s mnoštvom uvala, plaža, velikih i malih otoka i poluotoka, koji Hrvatskoj s pravom prisvajaju  naziv “Zemlja s tisuću otoka”. Jadransko more, međutim, je poluzatvoreno i relativno plitko, za bilo koju namjenu i svrhu, oblikom podsjeca na jezero, te je kao takvo osjetljivo na razne utjecaje, pogotovo one koji dolaze od ljudske agresije, nepoštivanja i nemara.Od 7. stoljeća, otkada su naši davni preci doselili, pa sve do danas, njegovali smo čistoću mora i život koji nam ono nudi, te smo uspjeli sačuvati njegovu prirodnu raznolikost i  bogatstvo. Danas  smo, međutim, suočeni sa vrlo realnom prijetnjom mogućeg uništenja ovoga blaga!

Članovi Vlade Republike Hrvatske s premijerom Zoranom Milanovićem na čelu, te ministrom gospodarstva Ivanom Vrdoljakom, promoviraju bespoštednu utrku za “tobožnjim” profitom i kratkoročnu, vrlo upitnu politiku gospodarskog rasta, te nas guraju u razne, vrlo opasne projekte, koji se odnose na istraživanje i eksploataciju ugljikovodika. Za tu svrhu posebno su osnovali “Agenciju za ugljikovodike”. U koncesiju planiraju dati gotovo 90% hrvatske strane Jadranskoga mora, te dio kopna koji je poznat po plodnoj, za obrađivanje pogodnoj zemlji i obilju izvora pitke vode. Narodu Republike Hrvatske, međutim, zanijekano je bilo kakvu pravo da sudjeluje u procesu odlučivanja o ovome, za život važnome pitanju, putem Sabora ili referendumom. Vlada je samoinicijativno proglasila projekt istraživanja i eksploatacije ugljikovodika iz jadranskoga podmorja i na kopnu strateškim pitanjem, koristeći pritom gospodarsku krizu koja već dugo traje u našoj zemlji kao izgovor. Hrvatske vlasti, kao i njihovi savjetnici za odnose s javnošću, usvojile su praksu sustavne blokade medija, koja osigurava posvemašnju neupućenost ili samo nominalnu informiranost javnosti o svim mogućim socijalnim, ekološkim, ekonomskim, povijesnim i kulturnim utjecajima i posljedicama ovog iznimno opasnog i štetnog projekta. Ekonomska kriza u Hrvatskoj, koja je po mišljenju nekih s namjerom orkestrirana, prisiljava mase da se prvenstveno bave pitanjima preživljavanja, ostavljajući im pritom premalo snage i vremena za podrobnije informiranje o odlukama političkih elita, te aktivno sudjelovanje u istima.

Umjesto da njeguje i štiti Jadran – naš biser, povjeren joj od domaćih i međunarodnih zakona, naroda i Stvoritelja, hrvatska Vlada, putem Agencije za ugljikovodike, već dogovara planove za istraživanje i eksploataciju sa stranim naftnim kompanijama. Samovoljno, te s jedinstvenim ciljem kreiranja povoljnog okvira za ove projekte, ti pojedinci stvorili su nove zakone, koji ignoriraju međunarodne ugovore, omalovažavajući i potcjenjujući na taj način vlastiti narod i Ustav, te svaku logiku i zdrav razum. Neuvjerljivo i nevjerojatno nude u koncesiju prostore koji se nalaze u neposrednoj blizini nacionalnih zaštićenih morskih područja svjetske zaštićene ekološke mreže NATURA 2000  i svjetske baštine UNESCO-a, opravdavajući gramzivost, korumpiranost i pohlepu stranih naftnih kompanija, kao i vlastitu, navodnom potrebom za energetskom neovisnošću.
Podloga srednje i južne Jadranske regije iznimno je nestabilna, o čemu postoji opsežna dokumentacija, te bi sve predložene radnje povećale rizik od katastrofalnih potresa. Naš krhki svijet i njegovi stanovnici svjedoci su prevelikog broja nesreća uzrokovanih ravnodušnošću i nemarom velikih naftnih kompanija i njihovih političkih partnera, a koje rezultiraju beskrajnim tragedijama u prirodi. Nadalje, zvučne vibracije koje proizvode moćni strojevi za istraživanje i bušenje, kao i kemijska sredstva koja se ispuštaju u morsku vodu i tlo Zemlje prilikom ovih aktivnosti, čak i u slučaju nepostojanja incidenta, znatno narušavaju osjetljivu morsku floru i faunu, te su uzrok stradavanja i smrti mnogih bića koja žive u moru, dok iste aktivnosti na kopnu dokumentirano rezultiraju onečišćenjem kopnenih ekosustava, te zagađenjem plodne zemlje i pitkih voda.

Republike Slovenije i Italije poslale su službene diplomatske proteste zbog njihovog isključenja iz sudjelovanja u prekograničnim konzultacijama, u skladu s odredbama Protokola Espoo, kao i zbog činjenice što od službenih tijela Republike Hrvatske nisu pravovremeno primile kopiju Strateške studije o vjerojatno značajnom utjecaju na okoliš Okvirnog plana i programa istraživanja i eksploatacije ugljikovodika na Jadranu. Nadalje, dva kluba Hrvatskoga Sabora podnijela su interpelaciju koja je prihvaćena od Saborskog Odbora za zaštitu okoliša i prirode, te je  skupina hrvatskih stručnjaka i građana podnijela kaznenu prijavu protiv Vlade RH i njezinih agencija, a zbog nezakonitosti u postupcima koje provode Ministarstvo gospodarstva i Agencija za ugljikovodike, kao i zbog značajnih proceduralnih pogrešaka u vezi s poslovima istraživanja i eksploatacije ugljikovodika na Jadranu. Molimo Vas, slijedite poveznice na spomenute objave (objavljene na hrvatskome i engleskome jeziku):

Mi – odgovorni građani Republike Hrvatske, kao i naša globalna braća iz drugih krajeva svijeta s pravom smo zabrinuti i vrlo uznemireni, osobito sada kada je opasnost “pred vratima”. Naime potpisivanje ugovora predviđeno je za sredinu srpnja 2015. godine. Šačica značajnih hrvatskih političara zajedno s moćnicima iz naftne industrije u potpunosti ignorira sva naša upozorenja i pozive da sačuvamo jadranski biser, kao i plodnu zemlju i izvore pitke vode, za našu djecu i čovječanstvo. Izabiru da ne prigrle politiku ekološkog, održivog razvoja i obilje koje nam Gospodin nudi kroz energiju sunca, vjetra, valova, biomasu, kao i kroz mnoga druga rješenja usmjerena na kreiranje čiste energije iz obnovljivih izvora, iako za takav energetski razvitak u Hrvatskoj ima više nego dovoljno uvjeta. Naš stav je jasan: istražne radnje, kao i naknadno crpljenje ugljikovodika iz podmorja narušile bi osjetljivi ekosustav mora, velika su prijetnja opstanku flore i faune, te čistoći morske vode, a time i opasnost po zdravlje ljudi, kao što predstavljaju nepotreban rizik za vitalne i rastuće ekonomije Hrvatske, turizam i ribarstvo. Iste aktivnosti na kopnu negativno bi se odrazile na zdravlje biosfere, kao i na resurse kritične za kvalitetu pitke vode i mogućnost korištenja tla za poljoprivredu, te su prijetnja karakterističnoj ljepoti kojom je Bog obdario našu zemlju.

Čovječanstvo si više ne može priuštiti korištenje fosilnih goriva i ulaganje u njihovo istraživanje i iskorištavanje. Došlo je vrijeme za uspostavu nove paradigme stvaranja i potrošnje energije, koju bi pratila odgovarajuća politika na nacionalnoj i globalnoj razini. Takva politika bi poništila koncesije unaprijed odobrene u korist eksploatacije ugljikovodika, napose u osjetljivim ekosustavima s još očuvanim prirodnim ambijentom kao što su Jadransko more,  Arktik i Istočna obala Atlantika. Pomozite nam, Sveti Oče, pokrenuti politiku koja bi preusmjerila subvencije i porezne olakšice koje Vlade nude naftnim korporacijama, prema tehnologijama baziranim na obnovljivim izvorima energije i čistim tehnologijama. Takva politika bi omogućila veći gospodarski rast u energetskom sektoru, uz istovremeno očuvanje, unapređenje i širenje vitalnih gospodarskih grana: turizma, ribarstva i poljoprivrede.

Presveti Oče, molimo Vas da podignete  svoj glas u prilog našoj nevolji, te osudite one koji teže uništiti obilje života i  bogatstvo kreirano od Boga u ime profita. Samo jedan Vaš signal,  nekoliko riječi na ovu temu, imao bi snažan utjecaj na hrvatski narod, kao i na hrvatske političare. Vaš glas podrške i Vaše molitve bile bi velika pomoć mnogobrojnim eko-udrugama i osviještenim građanima, ne samo u Hrvatskoj, već i u svim ostalim zemljama Jadransko-jonske regije, Grčkoj, Albaniji, Crnoj Gori, Bosni i Hercegovini, Sloveniji i Italiji u kojima se građani, udruge i pojedinci isto tako bore protiv ovog moćnog, beskrupuloznog i smrtonosnog neprijatelja, koji opsjeda i (teži) koji je namjerio uništiti ono što je Bog kreirao.

U našoj vjeri je, Sveti Oče, da vam uputimo naše kolektivne glasove u molbi za pomoć. Smjerno Vas molimo da nas se sjetite u svojim javnim obraćanjima, molitvama i djelovanju, te da pozovete u pomoć razum i milost za spas Jadrana i njegove okoline i na taj način nas aktivno podržite u plemenitoj nakani da prirodne ljepote, kojima obiluje naša zemlja, sačuvamo za potomke  i cijelo čovječanstva.

Bila bi nam velika čast kada bi ste našli vremena da primite skupinu naših izaslanika na audijenciju, kako bi smo Vam na taj način mogli jasnije predstaviti naša gledišta i preokupacije o ovome izuzetno važnom i delikatnom pitanju. Iskreno se nadamo Vašem pozitivnom odgovoru na naš prijedlog i molbu, te Vam se zahvaljujemo unaprijed na poklonjenoj pažnji.

Širimo prema Vama naše molitve, neka Vas Svevišnji sačuva kako biste služili Njegovoj Svetoj Crkvi u kontinuiranoj mudrosti, pomogne uspjehu Vaših plemenitih nastojanja, te Vam podari dug život.

S osobitim poštovanjem, u vjeri.

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このブログは2014年12月に掲載されて以来(英語版オリジナル)、12万人以上の方々に読まれました。私は現在、Clean Adriatic Sea Allianceの最高戦略責任者を勤めさせていただいております。
2015年3月17日のアップデート:http://www.croatia-split.com/blog/what-s-happening/adriatic-drilling-casa-replies-to-oil-agency-boss-barbara-doric.html

2015年2月17日のアップデート:クロアチア政府はアドリア海付近での不正掘削に対して起訴されている。(私はHCSP(クロアチア右翼)の言い分にすべて同意しませんが。。。)

Croatia Pure Party of Rights(HCSP)の反応。

HCSP代表、Josip Miljak、によって署名された報道発表:
「クロアチア政府が発表したクロアチア経済圏内での石油とガス掘削の架空の国際入札は犯罪である。もしこれを阻止できなければ多大な損害が生じるだろう。海外企業と契約を結んだところで、すでに起訴の準備をしている専門家グループがいる。ハンブルグ海洋法廷(国連安全保障理事会)と国家検察局だ。」

もしあなたが人間の欲や違法行為に立ち向かい、海、きれいな水、再生可能エネルギー、環境、文化遺産、ビーチで過ごす休暇、ウォータースポーツ、セーリング、ボート、シーフード料理、クロアチア(とイタリアの)アドリア海、地球との調和に基づいた生活の質を大事にする人であれば、この年末の掲載を読んでください。(最初の投稿は2014年12月30日)長文ですが最後まで読んでください。そしてソーシャルメディアを通して沢山の人たちにシェアしてください。(現在複数言語に翻訳中です。出来上がり次第ここにリンクを足していきます。)購読していただいている皆様のおかげで、今年も素晴らしい年になりました。どうもありがとうございました。Sretna Nova godina、Happy New Year、新年明けましておめでとうございます。

私は常にどんな結果が待ち受けているだろうと考えています。この文章が何人の人を怒らせるか、ということも含めてです。

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欲深い男 画像ソース:http://michaelwilliammcdonald.blogspot.com/

私は法人コンサルタントではありません(なれる自信はありますが)。私には、日々忙しく過ごしている人たちは考えないような相互依存関係があることをわかっています。私を掻き立てるのは、物事をより良くする事であり、ハートと思考のバランスが完全に取れた状態で「YES !」と言えるような事です。色んなことが私の情熱と専門知識を触発するけれど、私が実際に取り組むのはいつも誠実さと真偽を問うものです。このポストの内容はクロアチアの経済と環境、また、ヨーロッパ連合の規則を操作するとこによって得られる最悪の状態をベン図でまとめた事についてです

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これは、欲にまみれた者たちの短期的プラン、即座に得られる満足感だけを考え、もし何かの手違いで最悪の事態が起こった時には歴史的、環境的、経済的に掛け替えのない価値ある宝を失う事になるということです。何百年、何千年とアドリア海を生活の糧としたライフスタイル、また現在もそうやって生きている人たちの生活も壊されてしまうという事を考えなくてはいけません。このブログは私たちが力を合わせて、クロアチア観光局がスローガンにしている、「The Mediterranean as it once was ~ 昔のままの地中海」を維持できるように、またクロアチアの人たちの生活を守るために何が必要なのかを見つけ、私たちに取れる行動を紹介します。(Avaaz.org-クロアチア語のみと-Change.orgの請願に署名をお願いします。 またお友達、お知り合いの方々にどうぞシェアしてください!)

The Travel Channel はクロアチアビキニ(いわゆるヌード)やクリフダイビングを紹介しています。黄金に輝く砂の上でのんびりしたり、コバルトブルーやアクアマリン色の海を裸で泳いぎたいと思う人たちは増えていくでしょう。アンソニー・ボーダン氏もクロアチアの美しさや料理のおいしさについて話しています。観光業はクロアチアと地元の人たちに大きな影響があり、今後も成長していく市場です。しかし、クロアチア政府は、一方で何が起こっているのか把握していないようです(クロアチア特有の問題ではありませんが)。知っていたら阻止していたでしょう。クロアチア閣僚たちは閣僚会議で戦略を練るということはしないのでしょうか。

私がクロアチアにいる理由は、ここに永住できるかどうかを確認するためです。(今は不本意ですがアメリカに戻っています。実を言うとクロアチアに家を見つけてきました。)私がクロアチアにいる理由はアドリア海の美しさに惹かれたからです。その美しさは、2012年の夏に1000万人を超える人たちが訪れに来るほどです。ダルマチアの海岸地方には6月から8月中の3ヶ月だけで、クロアチア全人口の4倍の観光客が訪れるということからもその多さをおわかり頂けるでしょう。

(下記の強調された部分は私の考えです。)

クロアチア版Lonely Planet(旅行ガイドブック)では、ミュージックフェスティバルを紹介する最初のページにこう書かれています:

「クロアチアのミュージックフェスティバルのシーンはますますの盛り上がりを見せ、毎夏、新しいイベントが増えている。毎年美しい自然(ビーチ、湖、草原、森の中)を舞台に、フェスティバル参加者たちを楽しませてくれる。」

Rough Guidesの「絶対行ってみたいクロアチア海岸」の内容は:
「クロアチアのビーチと言ったら、南へ行くのがお勧め。ダルマチア地方の海岸には人々を魅了する砂浜、小石が敷きつめられた入り江、日干し岩がある。このガイドブックに含まれているお勧めビーチは1つを除いてすべてダルマチアにある

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クロアチア、パグ島。2015年8月 Sonus Music Festival http://www.sonus-festival.com/ Pag Island Croatia August 2015

(その1つとはKvarner湾のSusak島にある。)このリストの場所以外に、うっとりするようなお勧めビーチはあるが、アクセスが難しいという理由だけで載せませんでした。(Korčula島、Vis島 と Šolta島にも夢見るようなビーチがあります。)

Fodor’sによると、クロアチアは「行ってみたい旅行先ナンバーワン」に選ばれています。観光業がクロアチア経済にもたらす価値は資料によって異なるのですが、ヨーロッパ連合の調査によるとクロアチア国家予算の15%、地元の人たちによると40%にもなります。クロアチア観光局のDarko Lorencin氏によると、2014年の上半期だけで21億ユーロの経済効果がありました。この数値は前年の同じ時期に比べて2.2%増えています。クロアチア経済の69%はサービス業で成り立っているといわれています。サービス業には、セーリングボートのレンタル、飲食(レストランではアドリア海で獲れた新鮮な魚介類を提供しています)、ホテルなどが含まれます。世界銀行のウェブサイトのクロアチアのトップページで、クロアチア経済についてこのような記事が掲載されたことがあります。

「クロアチアはヨーロッパの自然環境の宝庫であり、陸の47%、海の39%を特別保護地域、保全地区と指定されている。クロアチアには19の国立自然公園があり、その中でもPlitvice湖国立公園は、UNESCO(国際連合教育科学文化機関)によって世界遺産に指定されている。クロアチアの自然を求めて国を訪れる観光客は何百万人を超え、観光業は国のGDP(国内総生産)の15%に及ぶ。発展課題で自然環境保護は最重要とみなされ、ヨーロッパ連合参加において必須要件であった。」

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2014年12月30日。クロアチアのアドリア海、Drvenik 水路。私がここ2ヶ月間泳いでいた海。 Drvenik Channel, the Croatian Adriatic, view from my balcony 30 December 2014 to where I have been swimming for the last two months.

アドリア海を狙うBP Richard West氏が提供してくれたこの地図は、BPがメキシコ湾で起こした石油流出(Deepwater Horizon石油流出)をアドリア海に重ね合わせてみたものです。被害はクロアチアだけではなく、イタリア、スロベニア、モンテネグロ、アルバニアにも及びます。

私はこの2ヶ月間毎日この美しい海で泳いでいました。だからと言って、アドリア海の海洋環境保護を私の個人的な問題だというのでしょうか 。まったく理解できません。この美しい海で石油やガスを発掘することが名案だと考える人はいるでしょうか。 環境への影響はメキシコ湾石油流出事故ほどではないかもしれませんが(誰か、アドリア海全体で起こるかもしれない被害の範囲も左の地図に加えてくれるといいのですが)、アドリア海上で現在稼働が認可されている石油プラットホーム10基のうち1基で事故が起こり、それが最小規模だったとしても、その影響は今成長中の映画産業、観光業、漁業(ユーロスタットの2013年の調査によると、1.2億ユーロの輸出にあたる)、海底考古学 、クロアチア文化、イルカの生殖地の保護、クロアチア人口の50%の人達に及び、壊滅的な被害を与えます。私はごく最近(2月8日に)国際的で高度な学識のあるNenad Duplančić氏の技術的な専門知識と見識について知る機会がありました。クロアチア人はこの内容をDignitea Hvarで読むことができます。クロアチア語がわからない場合は、どうか是非、翻訳ツールを使ってこの文章を読んでください。アドリア海での石油とガス掘削に対する重要なコメントが書かれています。アメリカでは1969年以降、沖合油田掘削のための新しいプラットホーム建設は禁止されています。このことからも、なぜ多国籍石油会社が(収益を維持するために)、貧困国の資源を搾取し破壊しようとしているのかをおわかりいただけるでしょう(クロアチアの失業率は23%を越えます。)

バーバラ・ドリッチさん(誰か彼女の口座を調べてください) Barbara Doric

私の考えでは、アドリア海での石油掘削の反対運動に命をかけるべき人達は:

文化省アンドレア・ズラター女史 (Andrea Zlatar)

経済省のイヴァン・ヴルドルヤック氏(Ivan Vrdoljak)(彼はもっと波エネルギー風力太陽光技術などに目をむけ、石油化学製品全てから手を引くべきだと思う。Duplančić氏曰く石油ベースのエネルギーはもう終わりが近づいている。)

環境自然保護省のミハエル・ズマイロビッチ[A1] 氏(Mihael Zmajlović)

海事・交通・インフラ省のスニシャ・ハイダシュ・ドンチッチ氏(Siniša Hajdaš Dončić)

農業省ティホミル・ヤコヴィナ氏(Tihomir Jakovina)

そしてもちろん、観光省のダルコ・ロレンツィン氏(Darko Lorencin)。

考えてみてください。イタリア側のアドリア海で石油掘削を拒否された石油会社が、どうやってクロアチア炭化水素会社の重役であるバーバラ・ドリッチさんから掘削への同意とサポートを得られたのでしょうか。(彼女のようにこのような大きな間違いを推進する人間はクロアチア国籍を剥奪し、汚染されたビーチに追放してもよいと思います。)クロアチア人は自国の自然の美しさに誇りを持っています。彼らは自慢するように美しいアドリア海に向かって両腕を広げ、こう言います。「この景色はお金で買えるものではありません」。クロアチア人よりもイタリア人の方が、この事態をよく理解しているという事でしょうか。

サウジアラビアは再生可能エネルギー業界の成長を阻止する為に、わざと石油市場の価格をコントロールしています。天然ガス獲得のための水圧破砕技術の危険性は明確です。石油化学物質がクロアチアビキニに触れるなんて考えられません。

croatia nudeクロアチアは私の母国ではありませんが、この件に関して私は憤りを感じています。これを読んでくれているあなたも同じ気持ちになってくれるとうれしいです。石油やガスが原因となって起こる沢山の破壊、強欲でとどまることを知らない消費はもう十分ではないでしょうか。気候変動学者は、海水位上昇によって海岸沿い地域は失われてしまうと言っています。アドリア海海岸沿いに住んでいるクロアチア人口の何パーセントが影響されるのか。気候変動の作用で、ヨーロッパでは各地域の自然資源と資産に格差が出てくるといわれています。正負の影響として、内陸での鉄砲水発生の増加、沿岸の洪水、(台風や海面上昇による)浸食、すでに気候変動の影響を受けやすい地域ではさらなる被害(高気温や干ばつ)が増える事、水不足、水力発電の可能性、夏季の観光業、そして一般的に農業に対する影響などが考えられます。

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クロアチアオイル Photo source: Croatia Week online magazine

直ちに阻止しなければなりません。2月16日は公衆のコメントをクロアチア政府に提出する締切日です。提出書類はここを見てください。クロアチア語から英語に翻訳されています(これは大変な作業でした)。どの国に住んでいるかは関係ありません。クロアチア人でなくても、海洋生態保護を大切に思う人なら誰でもコメントを提出できます。ぜひご協力をお願いします!この戦いは法律的な側面で費用がかかります。援助をしていただけるのであれば、どうかClean Adriatic Sea Allianceに寄付をすることでこの活動をご支援ください。

これは、クロアチアがまさにクリーンエネルギーと経済を両立させた新しい世界基準を作り上げるチャンスです。この目標を実現する為には、世界中から様々な人達が集まって、「ここはだめ。今はだめ。そして永久的にだめ。」と声をあげ、油田を封鎖し、10基のプラットホームを解体する必要があります。どうか仲間になってください。

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Dear Sir, I dreamt of you last night.

Dear Sir,
I dreamt of you last night.

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Art by Ekaterina Yastrebova

I have no idea who you are but the conversation we shared as I slept, in my dreams, was lovely. On waking I recall but snippets of the content but all of the associate energy. It was the kind of conversation generally held in business, pragmatic, evaluating risks and rewards, benefit statements – yet, we spoke of love.

You had asked me if I would love you. Not in the sense of immediacy associated with ‘hey, would you like to get out of here?’ but in the sense of ‘build something with me’. I have the sense this morning that something ancient ran through our words, surrounded them, infused them with deeper meaning and gravity.  My reply was measured, as in negotiations related to a contract – the greatest contract, the one where two people amplify each other, and in doing so their love expands the universal love that is filtered through the air we breathe and the stars that fall through ink black skies. I told you ‘it never occurred to me to think of you “like that” because I have worked with lots of intelligent men, piercingly handsome men, charming men who made everyone around them weak in the knees – except me’.

But here it was – logical. A question posed and a conversation following. No sweeping, Adrenalin fueled, rescue from epic adventures or courtship based upon glass slippers, letting down one’s hair from a turret or a single kiss to awaken from a sleep of a 100 years which determine the outcome every faerie tale instructing little girls and little boys how it will be when they meet and fall in love. No. You knew, and pressed your suit.

Emily Dickinson wrote, Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.
I think it is better phrased as, Dawn makes up for mornings without you.

My days have never begun without you. You are experienced as the pre-dawn air stirs across my skin from the open window, your hands combing through my tangled curls coaxing them into submission. Your scent mingled with dew, grass, trees, the smote fire in the grate, seaweed and salt water, lashing rainstorms or snow gently falling. The heat of you, as the manifestation of the Sun, pressed against the cool alabaster of my body as manifestation of the Moon. Ying and Yang. Harmony and balance.

I have no picture of you from my dream. I could not tell if you are dark or fair, whether your eyes are blue, green or dark.  A girlfriend shared weeks, perhaps months ago, “you will know him from his smile”. Have I been manifesting you from Mary’s words? I have not a clue in all the universe of who you might be, yet, I felt the essence of your character, your physicality resonate with virile strength, I felt kindness and loyalty and, most of all, I felt safe. Was this a prophetic dream or a memory etched upon my soul from another lifetime?

Do you read this and wonder, what was my answer in this morphing of reality and subconsciousness? When we meet you shall have it.

Teresa

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