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A private, connected, chakra-coloured light show

magic coin“Magic is not so much something which you do occasionally behind closed doors or in the space behind your closed eyes, but a way of living your life — a way of approaching the world you move through and everything in it.” ~ Phil Hines

When we are little someone teaches us that if we press our fingertips to our eyelids (while closed) we will ‘see’ amazing colours; I have always thought this is rather like watching fireworks light a jet black sky on one of those ‘held forever’ memories of a warm summer’s night.

‘This’ is not about ‘That’. ‘This’ is (initially) about what I see in the state of orgasm, then it will be about something more.

dreamerAn orgasm. Oh sheesh don’t make that face, we’re not children and we should be able to talk about the subject without withering like an erection lost. (From a purely physiological perspective) an orgasm is defined as:

“a climax of sexual excitement, characterized by feelings of pleasure centered in the genitals”

A deep, delicious, shake-the-cobwebs-out, the quintessential make you shudder, laugh or cry from pure joy orgasm. Sigh. Giggle. Moan. Yes, they can be all that, but I have always believed that orgasms can (and should be) something more than the end result of falling into an uncontrolled, writhing state of passion with another human being, something much more than release and pleasure, more than the result of artful masturbation.  I believe with every hyper-stimulated nerve ending of my body (and yours) that an orgasm is another means of achieving connection to universal love, to the Divine, to God – however your belief system defines such – and a means to the attainment of a Higher Self.  Regardless of whether these are entered into as a solo effort or with a committed partner, my sexuality combined my sensuality – the gifts of awareness, expression, sensitivity and eroticism – all these are variables to this ascension within this heightened state and climatic end and this can only happen when our limbic systems are successful at communicating with the rest of our body.

In yogic theory, Kundalini is a primal energy located at the base of the spine – the root chakra – that, when ignited, travels up through the spine to the crown chakra touching and igniting each of the 7 chakras in turn – for the purpose of reaching spiritual enlightenment.  For those who see auras, or connectionpractice meditation or Reiki, those who have a baseline understanding of the various chakras and ‘tuning’ them with a knowledge of awakening Kundalini it is the colours associated with each chakra (green and violet tend to dominate my ‘field of vision’) that I see ‘behind my closed eyes’ during my heightened level of sexual stimulation ultimately resulting in (when I climax) being bathed in, and emanating, white light. While no prude (obviously as I am having this conversation with you) the truth is I have embraced celibacy for most of the last nine years because my expectations of coupling mean that I will bring all of this spiritual practice to lovemaking – this does not make me an ‘easy lover’ (as the song goes).

One view of this video set to Enigma’s Temple of Love will confirm that something powerful exists beyond artful expression, of overt sensuality, or of the interplay of dance as a metaphor for the Tantric; like Ravel’s Bolero there is a poignant building to orgasm – unrealised – and so, as with any great art, we are left breathless and moved, and hungry for more.

Spirituality is derived from the word ‘breath’.  A Norwegian legend says that before a soul is put into a body it is kissed by God so that throughout our earthly existence the soul retains a dim, but powerful, memory of this blessing.  David Whyte  writes that beyond the busyness of our superficial working lives, there is a deeper world of vocation that “leads us to an older, intimate, and more human sense of belonging.”

There is lot’s to be said endorsing  “use it, or lose it”. In practice, the human orgasm can lead us to that “older, intimate” connection where the kiss of God is actively remembered, carries us through our days slightly levitated and lighter (metaphorically and literally).  We are nicer with the regular practice of connectedness to the universal love – however such is achieved (and no, you won’t go blind).  Just as Cathars and Lutherans alike bypassed priests to have a direct conversation with God I am of the opinion that this ascension is what fundamentalists in all monotheistic faiths fear, to make a sin of orgasmic connection to Divine (pagan faiths) by debasing our sexuality is a means of controlling ‘the conversation’. With or without a partner I prefer to have my bedroom serve as a temple to universal love rather than a religion of any kind. Good luck with ascending to your own chakra light show!

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Pennies from Heaven, when intention and gratitude collide

I pick up pennies. I even pick up tarnished, nasty dirty pennies. “Find a penny pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck”, my grandparents used to say this to me all the time in my childhood – for them (coming of age just before The Great Depression) a penny had value. At some point in our collective global society the penny has lost value, some of my friends think it an eccentric tick of mine, why bother, it’s a penny kind of thing.  Yesterday morning, as I headed out pennyof my place to ‘walk my errands’ and reflect upon my various blessings of the last 48 hours, I spied a salt encrusted penny on the asphalt, I picked it up, said the refrain of my youth, dropped it into my rucksack and went on my way with a knowing smile in my heart.

Regular readers of mine know that I find great joy in small things, and these will often bring me to tears. So for those of you who are new ‘to me’ allow me to express that some 10 weeks ago I unwillingly returned to the United States after spending 88 days in Croatia.  I promptly experienced epic level culture shock as well as a profound ache so deep that it feels as if nothing will ease this – save for returning. Soon.

On the morning of 7 April I was handling the Twitter accounts for a couple of my social media clients and saw that @CroatiaWeek had just Tweeted out a story about @VisitIstra having a contest to win a trip for two to explore the quietly understated, yet exquisite Croatian version of Italy’s famed (and heavily touristed) Tuscany – oh, Istria! My heart leapt in both recognition and hope.  When faced with winning such istriaa thing it’s best to have a plan and keep one’s expectations in check. My friend, my best and most consistent cheerleader, Ken Herron was who I called – immediately.  I understood that to make a success of this (on all the levels I needed to for my heart to be satisfied) that my partner must be a supremely capable marketing professional with an industrial strength social media tool kit, be a true bon vivant and someone with the flexibility of character and schedule to make this happen.  The Visit Istra ‘application’ was limited to 250 CHARACTERS.  Anyone active on Twitter will tell you that initially the platform is a challenging and painful limitation but eventually it becomes an art form to hold your communications to 120 characters including hyperlinks and photos. Even as Ken and I both Tweet with Haiku precision we were a bit flummoxed on what would get us ‘in’ as candidates with a mere 250 characters including spaces.  And so, we strategised. I took the ‘what we brought as a combined team’ and Ken picked my brain about what I knew about Istria because he was going to be certain that while playing by the rules we also wanted to demonstrate what we were bringing to the table; a sample of our value proposition as it were.  So he created a meme based on my five minute brain dump, then tweeted and added said Tweet to his 250 character application. I am sharing this in the midst of the campaign because we view our role as being active partners with Visit Istra and its sponsors.  Because I know after 88 days in Croatia three very critical points – that elements of the Croatian government support Big Oil in drilling in the Adriatic and if they are successful it will destroy the tourism sector across Croatia, and threaten Slovenia, Italy, and Montenegro in the process, that the unemployment rate hovers around 23% nationally (considerably higher amongst those under 30) and that the growth of sustainable tourism in combination with the development of a green economy is the only way forward for Croatia; where there are challenges there are opportunities.  That this effort is the equivalent of a social media Amazing Race meets DWTS (Dancing with the Stars) and not picone of the other candidates is leveraging their candidacy to expand the brand of Istria which (in our opinion) means that the other candidates have completely missed the point of the campaign in the first place. This is SO NOT ABOUT our winning a lovely trip or the promised prize money at the end, though both are motivating factors, our role in this is about creating value for our hosts (just as we would for a client).  Our efforts began with this Tweet.

These are the metrics taken 22 days afterwards – the Tweet is still pulling RTs and impressions which benefit Visit Istra on the whole, not something specific to this contest, but against their objective (perceived, not stated, for the record we haven’t spoken to anyone on their team as yet).  These are pennies, bright shiny pennies in my view. pic2

You know what else are bright shiny pennies in the often anonymous world of social media?, votes from complete and utter strangers. Peeps and Tweeps alike with whom we have no other relationship, who often actually do lovely supportive things that even our best friends (in real life), work colleagues and our family members won’t.  People who reach out to their friends because they respect who we are, that our work provides value to them so they are most happy to ‘help with the heavy lifting’. Yesterday morning as I received message after message of “what can I do to help?” “have shared with my friends” “the website is not letting me vote” and then with the abundance of ReTweet and Favorite Tweet love received I sat humbled at my computer. In watching Ken’s and my profiles on the Share Istria website, side-by-side for most of the morning swapping positions as most of each of our social media circles voted not just for twoone or the other of us but both of us I cried tears of gratitude. It’s largely the reason I left the house, to be bathed in cerulean skies and huge puffy white clouds, to be at one with being ‘of service’ and connected to all of the universe, to be grateful for following my messages and leaping into the void where magic happens and having a special friend to drag along with me, to find myself having made the short list of candidates to help a region of the country that I desperately wish to make my permanent home, to see my Croatian friends again, all of them, to drink thick hot chocolate with insanely gorgeous desserts, or revel in the oh-my-god most amazing gelato on the planet (BELIEVE ME – far better than the Italians can muster and without the attitude), to think about eating grilled octopus salad while quaffing the breathtaking scope of Istrian wines… oh yes so easy to pick up a nasty, wintered over penny and whisper to myself, “…all the day you’ll have good luck!”

We’d love your help, please vote for both of us. Please help get me back to Croatia so I can share this magical kingdom with more of you in partnership with my dear friend Ken.

Here are our links:

http://www.shareistria.com/candidate/teresa-fritschi

http://www.shareistria.com/candidate/ken-herron

Wish you were here, lots of love, follow us on Twitter, @kenherron and @teresafritschi.

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Rovinj

The latest invasion of Istria – is you.

20141118_121704_HDRIt’s not news to any of my regular readers that I have fallen under the spell of Croatia; for Eighty-Eight days between November 2014 and February 2015 I essentially had the country and its amazing citizens to myself. I discovered a place of my heart and wrote extensively about the nuances of her culture, her history, the tastes experienced, things learned, the kindness and hospitality of her people and her future – hopefully with me placed squarely in its midst. Amongst those writings, a post that went viral (reaching over 54,000 people in a single day, and presently over 121,000 people have read it). Even if you have never read my blog, or been to Croatia, at some point in the last couple of years this ascending star of holiday destinations has beguiled you.

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Yes, TRUFFLES (the landscape behind is Motovun)

I am certain you have lusted over images of her crystalline waters, medieval towns, selfies taken at her music festivals, picturesque harbors, and bright white stone buildings, piers and walkways. Istrian wines have been celebrated since Roman times, but her most famous export of late is cellist Stjepan Hauser, one half of 2Cellos with Luka Šulić, who was born in Pula. Yes, their video is from the jaw-dropping Roman, 27 BC – 68 AD, amphitheatre there which is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. And so, having already fallen in love with Croatia, but not yet having set foot near Motovun and its truffles, when I discovered there was a campaign by the Istra Tourism Board to expand tourism to its breathtaking vistas I called my friend Ken Herron to see if he wanted to apply with me – our combined knowledge of, and influence on, social media has realised some substantial impact over the last couple of years. Ken and I share a common marketing and communications background, we’ve both spent considerable time in the verticals of hospitality and tourism, food and beverage, heck, we’ve even held the CMO role for the same tech company. Oh yes, and we are both hedonists (he probably a bit more than I)!

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Rovinj, Istra, Croatia

Nigel Lamb - Race Day, New YorkRed Bull recognises the value of Croatia as a backdrop for its various extreme sports – and Istria’s postcard perfect Rovinj once again will host their Air Races 30/31 May and in the past its Cliff Diving has been hosted in Dubrovnik. Sadly, should Ken and I be chosen, we won’t be able to witness the air races as he has a key note speech to give on social media in Singapore at the same time. Sniff. Istria has pulled out all the stops on this campaign, every week three teams of two will be brought to Istria to compete in raising her awareness within the social media sphere of influence, the top team advances to a sort of semi-final where ranking is earned based upon votes from across various platforms and in the end, the team that creates the largest social media impact wins 10,000 Euros. So each of you reading this are important, CRITICALLY IMPORTANT, to our participation – we need you to cast your votes on the http://www.shareistria.com/ website from 27 April to 29 April to elect us to the next level of evaluation – it’s kind of like Dancing With The Stars meets The Amazing Race. What do you get in return if we’re selected? Bragging rights, we’ll Tweet your name out with a “wish you were here”, the five lucky social media peeps that get us the most RT <3 will score tshirts from our travels, and randomly we’ll select 25 Peeps to send you a postcard from our Istrian adventures for your refrigerator!  Join us?

Wish you were here, lots of love, follow us on Twitter, @kenherron and @teresafritschi.

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Let them eat Kale – Gwyneth allow me to introduce you to Maimonides

My parents grew up in The Great Depression (born respectively in 1933 and 1938); you would be amazed at the level of self-sufficiency and frugality one learns in the home of such parents (whose own parents worked multiple jobs, took in sewing, raised animals and tended gardens). I can depressiontopperassure you that to this day nothing goes to waste that I can avoid – I am now 54 and live alone. What’s more, more often than not I have enough to share. I can stretch a $10 whole chicken into multiple weeks’ worth of meals – first roasted, then as sandwiches, for Chicken pot pie, chicken soup, a stir fry, Chicken a la King or croquettes. Even as accomplished as I am at this I recognise that my ability to be successful has some critical factors that start with a love of cooking and a creative home economics streak.

Gwyneth Paltrow unleashed social media frenzy with her less than 1000 calorie a day food choices in conjunction with the $29 a week SNAP challenge this week. And a dear friend of mine took exception the fact that I commented, as so many others have, that based upon her choices she was out of touch with reality. Let me be clear there is nothing inherently wrong with her diet selections – other than being boring, and, as it turns out, insufficient – Gwyneth admits she couldn’t do it. I use the word diet specifically because while I happen to also like kale, and avocado and limes and so forth it appeared to me that she was maintaining her svelte figure rather than actually eating for taste, nutrition and, and oh, pleasure.

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Not my grandmother, who also only ever wore dresses, and this woman is clearly without two grocery bags plus her handbag.

There are three grocery store options near where I live, two of which opened within the last two years, but is not to suggest that grocery shopping is a leisurely activity. Just as my paternal grandmother used to schlep her groceries home on the infrequent bus transportation of Niagara Falls, NY I have to plan my purchases because I am walking (I took my beloved car off the road for financial reasons). Perishable items and heavy things like milk, yogurt, and the aforementioned chicken require thoughtfulness to purchase (despite fortitude and physical strength I cannot easily carry these home at one time) and I am not trying wrangle a couple of kids in the process.

This morning, after breakfast of 1 ½ pieces of crisp bacon ($0.23), 2 organic eggs ($0.58) as an omelet with a sprinkling of Swiss cheese ($0.14) with a baby Portobello mushroom ($0.18) and a 20150417_104939piece of raisin toast with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on it (let’s say that with the organic butter this was $0.20), I was cleaning a four and half pound pineapple ($2.99) and two ripe mangos ($0.79 each) and I was still thinking about Gwyneth and her challenge. More specifically I was thinking about the disconnect between nutrition, access, smart choices, time, and costs – oh yes, and all those in the 1% who would deny their fellow human beings the ability to feed themselves while acting as little better than slavers of a previous centuries.

Like the chicken, my $2.99 pineapple is a perfect example of how far I can stretch things. After trimming the top and the base, the hard core goes into a teapot to become iced pineapple green tea with raw honey. Once brewed the leftover teabags and the core join the rest of the trimmings (and the egg shells) in my food processor which then go into a section of my garden for enriching the soil. The pineapple fruit (usually about 2 full quarts of pieces) has an enzyme which when eaten whole naturally whitens teeth, but it also also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Vitamin B6 and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Manganese. I also make kale smoothies with it or will make some variation of Sweet & Sour Chinese with a ½ of a pint. The disconnect between my skills and that of the average SNAP user isn’t that I make more money – author’s don’t – but knowledge and time (I am not holding down multiple jobs to make ends meet, nor do I have the responsibilities which come from having a family). If there is a singular point to this blog post is the old adage:

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.  ~ Maimonides 

We, as a global society (because the problem of hunger is not limited to the United States), need to do a better job of teaching all of our kids the basics of home economics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner should not be packaged foods filled with chemicals and saturated fats. Lobbying groups should not be getting subsidies for their food industry clients but organic Farmer’s and the markets that offer the fruits of their labors surely should.

Some other day I will rant about the sheer volume of food that goes into landfills each year, turning into methane gas that should be either diverted for consumption while still possible or the model of making it a biofuel embraced.

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A man in a tie.

I have wanted to write this specific post since the 16th of January.  I have known (most of) the story for a couple of years care of my girlfriend Zeljka but not another day is going by without my getting this written.

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Click here http://www.croata.hr/en/gentlemen/cravats/cravats/cc559/ for 74 PAGES of exquisite men’s ties from Croata!

There are few things that women agree upon when it comes to men, but I would be willing to bet that the allure of a man wearing a good dress shirt and a handsome, and well-tied, silk tie is certainly one; the attraction is almost as primal as the overwhelming desire we have to pull the end of ribbon to get at a gift.

The modern necktie takes its origins from the red kerchiefs worn by Croatian soldiers in the 17th century (Thirty Years War). The sartorial word, cravat, derives from the corrupted French pronunciation of Croat(e) ‘La Cravate’ thus coming into the lexicon of the day. If you do a search online this is generally accepted as historically accurate, but it’s only a portion of the story. All those websites toting this to market their wares fail to mention how this long piece of muslin or silk wrapped once about the neck of a Croatian soldier and tied in a loose knot came to be – lovers.

cravatIt was the tying of such by a woman upon her sweethearts’ neck, sending her man off to war with a prayer and a promise of fidelity that started this. Essentially, in accepting the kerchief, he was bound to her should he return from war. In the contemporary sense, the use of various metaphors of business as war, it is the same and Fast Company best sums it up: “Business in the New Economy is a civilized version of war. Companies, not countries, are the battlefield rivals.” And the spoils of those wars fought daily? Still the companionship of a lover to come home to. Which brings me back to the almost primal connection we have to unwrapping a present (though I am unaware of any sociological or psychological studies to document the phenomenon) a hand on his chest just at the heart monitors both the elevation of his breath and heart rate, fingers slipping into a silk knot at a man’s throat and gently, but firmly, loosening it (and him) from the constraints of his day – in my humble opinion there is not a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g more seductive. I digress.

“Personal style isn’t simply an exercise in parroting but rather an exhibition for our own stories – from the gait of our walk to the rhythm of our speech to the manner in which the necktie falls from the knot.” ~ LZ Granderson

And it is this space, “the manner in which the necktie falls”, that I revert to the Croatian origins of 20150116_112354the tie. You see back in January I was in Rijeka, Croatia for the day. Stunned by the Baroque beauty architecture of this city of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire (from 1466 onward 450 years), as I said I knew 20150116_121747_HDRof the back-story of the cravat, and though I had seen a handful of Croata shops in the previous two and a half months of my stay in Croatia I had not yet entered one of their stores. Something was different energetically and visually here though.  On the wall directly behind the glass door was a colour of fresh cream silk Charmeuse cravat (photo at left). Because just as a Tuxedo should only be worn with a hand-tied black silk bow tie this swath of finished ivory silk had the same net effect on my psyche. Suddenly all I saw was a romantic nod to a time when harpsichords and viola de gamba were played and men wore embroidered waistcoats, breeches with hose (showing off their legs to great advantage), and cutaway jackets made of fine silk brocade or velvet embellished with passementarie, and a tiny part of me involuntarily swooned. I had only meant to ask to take a picture, but before me was quite literally the history of the tie in a series of watercolours hung upon the walls and that history pulled me into it as well as the store where stories and pride of both country and company ebulliently poured forth from Sven, the store’s sales manager, I was enthralled. To discover that not only are 99% of Croata offerings made within Croatia’s geopolitical boundaries but the hyper-exclusive and limited edition (only 25 of the same tie are produced) nature of these make an Hermès tie as common as an Abercrombie & Fitch t-shirt; somehow all this was translated into further validation for making this dragon shaped country bound by the sea my permanent home. 20150116_122233

I tied a red silk kerchief around the neck of a singular, imaginary, Croatian man that day, pledging my heart and love to the country in the process. At the time I didn’t know how accurate that troth would become in the coming months, and the reality I now live daily – though still from afar.  Can’t wait to get my fingers into that knot that binds me, loosen it, and be welcomed home.

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Jedino ulje koje ide uz Hrvatski bikini je maslinovo!

Ažurirano 17. veljače 2015 – Vlada Republike Hrvatske (RH) je tužena za nezakonite radnje oko bušenja na Jadranu. (Ne slažem se sa svim stavovima Hrvatske Čiste Stranke Prava (HČSP), ali…)

Ova odluka je reakcija HČSP-a.

Uvod priopćenja za javnost koje potpisuje predsjednik HČSP-a, Josip Miljak:

“Kriminalna odluka hrvatske vlade o raspisivanju međunarodnog natječaja za fiktivno istraživanje nafte i plina u hrvatskom gospodarskom pojasu je kriminal koji bi, ako se ne spriječi, Hrvatsku mogao skupo koštati. Ukoliko se potpišu ti ugovori sa stranim kompanijama, skupina stručnjaka je već pripremila dvije tužbe, jednu Sudu za pravo mora u Hamburgu tj. Vijeću sigurnosti UN-a i drugu Državnom odvjetništvu RH.”

Cijelo priopćenje pročitajte ovdje.

Svaka poveznica u ovoj objavi je VRLO NAMJERNO izabran u svrhu obrazovanja i djelovanja, JA VAS KRAJNJE ISKRENO MOLIM DA DJELUJETE na sva tri poduhvata iz ove objave prije 16. Veljače (čitajte dalje, nemojte zaglaviti na djevojci sa slike, ona će biti ovdje i kad završite sa čitanjem)!

Ako vas je briga za mora i oceane i za čistu vodu za sve, za obnovljive izvore energije, za okoliš, za kulturno nasljedstvo, odmore na plaži, vodene sportove, jedrenje, vožnje brodom, plodove mora, Hrvatski (ili Talijanski) Jadran i za kvalitetu života temeljenu na skladu s našim planetom sučeljenim pohlepom i narušavanjem, onda je ova objava sa kraja godine (napisana 30. prosinca 2014.g.) za tebe! Bez isprike, objava je dosta dugačka. Molim vas da je podijelite u svim društvenim medijima. Trudimo se prevesti objavu na više jezika – poveznice će biti objavljene pri zgotovljenom prijevodu. Puno hvala svim čitateljima na divnoj godini. Sretna Nova Godina, Happy New Year!

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Razmišljam o posljedicama – cijelo vrijeme (uključujući to koliko bih ljudi i kako mogla razljutiti pišući ovaj tekst). Nisam (makar bih savršeno mogla biti) korporativni savjetnik za planiranje scenarija. Vidim međuzavisnosti na načine koje ljudi koji žure kroz svoje živote ne uzimaju u obzir. To što me potiče mora biti za veće dobro, i moje srce i glava moraju naći savršenu ravnotežu da bih rekla – DA! Mnoge stvari potiču moju strast i moju stručnost, ali da bih se angažirala uvijek je nužan integritet i vjerodostojnost. Ova objava govori o Vennovom dijagramu predstavljenom usklađivanjem hrvatskog gospodarstva i okoliša te kako manipulacija odredbama Europske Unije može imati razarajuće i dalekosežne posljedice. Ovdje se radi o kratkovidnosti, tranutnoj zadovoljštini pojedinaca i kako će njihova pohlepa, ukoliko samo jedna stvar pođe po krivu, uništiti jedno od najvećih netaknutih blaga povijesne, ekološke i gospodarske vrijednosti u svijetu koje je ujedno i osnov života ljudi koji su ovisili o Jadranskom moru desecima tisuća godina. Ova objava se radi o traženju načina povratka na, kao što Hrvatska Turistička Zajednica kaže – Mediteran kakav je nekad bio, i sačuvati ga takvim za sve nas, te gospodarski naprednijim za Hrvate. Ovo je moguće uz vašu pomoć, zato vas MOLIM – potpišite ove peticije i podijelite ih sa prijateljima:

Stop bušenju nafte i plina u hrvatskom Jadranu

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The Travel Channel govori o hrvatskom bikiniju (hrvatski bikini je u biti sinonim za nudističku plažu) i skakanju sa stijena, te o slobodi ležanja na savršenom zlatnom pijesku i plivanju u moru palete boja od kobalta do akvamarina. Poznati američki kuhar Anthony Bourdain je posvetio jednu cijelu emisiju jelima, vinima i prirodnim ljepotama Hrvatske obale.  Očekujte da će se o Hrvatskoj obali pričati još više u budućnosti. Bilo bi malo reći da je utjecaj turizma golem i da bi turizam trebao biti među najvažnijim gospodarskim sektorima u Hrvatskoj koji se moraju održati. Ali ipak, čini se kao da ”desna ruka ne zna što lijeva radi” (nije tako samo u Hrvatskoj) jer bi u protivnom zaustavili pokušaje bušenja. Da li hrvatski ministri uopće raspravljaju strategije na sastancima kabineta?

Došla sam u Hrvatsku da bih utvrdila da li bi tamo mogao biti moj novi dom. Nedavno sam se nažalost vratila u SAD mada sam našla dom u Hrvatskoj. U trenutku pisanja ove objave sam bila u Hrvatskoj usred zime, privučena najviše Jadranom – kao i oko 11,5 milijuna ljudi koji su došli na ljeto 2012.g. Ako stavite to u perspektivu, uski pojas Dalmacije u tri mjeseca (između lipnja i kolovoza) ugosti skoro četiri puta stanovništvo čitave zemlje.

(Naglašeni tekst u nastavku je moj odabir) Na prvoj strani Lonely Planet-ovog Vodiča za Hrvatske glazbene festivale stoji:

“Hrvatski glazbeni festivali su u usponu, uzbudljiva nova događanja se pojavljuju svako ljeto. Prelijepo prirodno okruženje je osigurano , sa idiličnim plažama, jezerima, livadama i šumskim proplancima koji ugošćuju gomile presretnih ljubitelja festivala.”

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http://www.sonus-festival.com/ Otok Pag, Hrvatska, kolovoz 2014.g.

U uvodu Rough Guide-og članka o najboljim plažama u Hrvatskoj stoji:

Kad govorimo o plažama u Hrvatskoj, najbolje se uputiti ka jugu: na dalmatinskoj obali se nalaze najzavodljivije pješčane obale, šljunčane uvale i suncem pržene stijene. Zaista, sve se plaže koje su dospjele na našu listu nalaze u Dalmaciji, osim jedne (očaravajući pješčani otok Susak u Kvarnerskom Zaljevu). Velika zbirka destinacija od kojih bi pali u nesvijest je izostavljena s ove liste, uglavnom radi loše pristupačnosti: otoci kao Korčula, Vis i Šolta su prepuni božanskih zaljeva […].

Prema Fodor’s-u, Hrvatska je na prvom mjestu turističkih destinacija u usponu. Vrijednost turizma u hrvatskoj ekonomiji (kao i mnogo drugih stvari ovdje) je predmet različitih statistika – EU kaže 15% dok lokalno stanovništvo procjenjuje da turizam stoji za 40% ukupnog državnog proračuna. Hrvatski ministar turizma, Darko Lorencin, je izjavio da je u prvih šest mjeseci 2014.g. od turizma utrženo 2,12 milijardi eura, što je 2,2% više nego u istom razdoblju prošle godine. Procjenjuje se da 69% hrvatske ekonomije proizlazi iz uslužnih djelatnosti – kao na primjer iznajmljivanja jedrilica, usluge barova i restorana (koji nude plodove mora iz predivno čistih voda) i također usluge onih koji se brinu o svoj posteljini i ručnicima. Ako vjerujete riječima naslovnice Svjetske Banke o hrvatskoj ekonomiji, onda:

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Drvenički Kanal, Hrvatski Jadran, pogled sa mog balkona 30. prosinca 2014.g. na mjesto gdje sam plivala posljednja dva mjeseca.

Hrvatska ostaje ekološko blago Europe, gdje je 47% kopna i 39% mora označeno kao posebno zaštićeno područje i područje očuvanja. U Hrvatskoj se nalazi 19 nacionalnih parkova i parkova prirode, od kojih su neki – kao Nacionalni Park Plitvička Jezera – na listi UNESCO-ve Prirodne Baštine. Prirodne ljepote Hrvatske privlače milione turista svake godine, sa prihodima od turizma koji predstavljaju oko 15% BDP-a zemlje. Očuvanje okoliša je visoko na listi plana razvoja i bilo je uvjet ulaska Hrvatske u EU.

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Na ovoj karti, koju nam je dostavio Richard West, se vidi obujam izljeva nafte u Meksičkom Zaljevu, također poznat kao Izljev Deepwater Horizon-a, u odnosu na Jadransko more; pored Hrvatske bi bile oštećene i Italija, Slovenija, Crna Gora i Albanija.

Dakle, nakon dva mjeseca plivanja u ovim netaknutim vodama borba za očuvanje Jadranskog mora je sad VRLO OSOBNA! Zar je moguće!? Zašto, o zašto, bi netko mislio da su bušotine plina i nafte u ovim vodama dobra ideja? Sjećate li se ekološke katastrofe izljeva nafte u Meksičkom Zaljevu (British Petroleum)? Na lijevoj strani vidite opseg te katastrofe u odnosu na Jadransko more. Za takvu katastrofu je dovoljno da se izlije nafta sa samo jedne od deset platformi koje imaju dozvolu za rad u hrvatskim vodama. Čak i u slučaju najmanjeg incidenta bi posljedice bile katastrofalne na između ostalo: razvoj filmske industrije (Game of Thrones itd.), turizam, ribarstvo – Eurostat-ove brojke za 2013.g. govore o 115,2 milijuna eura izvoza, arheološke iskopine u podmorju, kulturu, očuvanje rijetkih dupina, da i ne govorimo o osnovi preživljavanja više od 50% stanovništva Hrvatske.

U obranu ovih činjenica sam upravo (8. veljače) upoznata sa tehničkom stručnosti i mudrosti međunarodno visoko-obrazovanog Nenada Duplančića. Ako razumijete hrvatski, pročitajte ovu objavu Dignitee Hvar. Ako ne razumijete hrvatski, MOLIM VAS da prevedete tekst preko Google Translate ili na neki drugi način, da bi shvatili važnost Nenadovih komentara na prijedlog bušenja u Jadranu. Ukratko, ta objava govori o zabrani postavljanja novih naftnih platformi u SAD-u od 1969.g. tako da je jasno zašto (da bi zadržali korporativne zarade i plaće) međunarodne naftne tvrtke iskorištavaju i uništavaju osiromašene države (nezaposlenost u Hrvatskoj je preko 23%).

Moje viđenje stvari je da oni koji bi se trebali svim srcem boriti, naime ministri u hrvatskoj vladi, uključujući: ministricu kulture gđu Andreu Zlatar, ministra gospodarstva gdina Ivana Vrdoljaka (koji bi se trebao okrenuti tehnologijama valova, vjetra i sunca i kompletno odbaciti petrokemijsku energiju jer se ta industrija, kako tvdi i Duplančić, bliži kraju svog postojanja), ministar zaštite okoliša i prirode gdin Mihael Zmajlović, ministar pomorstva, prometa i infrastrukture gdin Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, ministar poljoprivrede gdin Tihomir Jakovina, i, naravno, ministar turizma gdin Darko Lorencin. Upitajte se zašto bi tvrtci kojoj je zabranjeno istraživanje na talijanskoj strani Jadrana, isto bilo dozvoljeno na hrvatskoj strani Jadrana od predsjednice uprave Agencije za ugljikovodike, Barbare Dorić? (Kojoj bi se, iskreno, trebalo oduzeti hrvatsko državljanstvo i koju bi trebalo protjerati na neku jako prljavu plažu, za njenu ulogu u promidžbi ovog debakla.)

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Barbara Dorić – možda bi netko trebao provjeriti njene bankovne račune?

Hrvati nisu nimalo ravnodušni prema ljepoti i životu koji im položaj njihove zemlje pruža – često ćete ih čuti kako kažu “tko ovo može platiti?” raširenih ruku pokazujući preko rive i Jadranskog mora. Zar je moguće da talijani bolje od hrvata razumiju opasnosti koje prijete?

Saudijska Arabija manipulira tržištima nafte kako bi držala cijenu sirove nafte nestvarno niskom s croatia nudeciljem obeshrabrivanja daljnjeg razvoja i proširenja obnovljive energije. Sa poznatim opasnostima hidrauličkog frakturiranja u svrhu vađenja prirodnog plina, trebalo bi biti svima jasno da su petrokemije posljednje što bi trebalo biti u blizini hrvatskog bikinija.

Ovo nije moja zemlja, ali sam ipak izuzetno ogorčena u vezi ovoga i nadam se da svi vi koji čitate ovu objavu osjećate isto. Zar nismo vidjeli dovoljno uništavanja i rata radi pohlepe i nezasitne potrošnje koja prati naftu i plin? Znanstvenici koji proučavaju klimatske promjene upozoravaju da bi povećana razina mora “pomela” obalne zajednice diljem svijeta. Halo? Da li je itko provjerio koliko hrvatskog stanovništva živi vrlo blizu razine mora? U Europi se predviđa da će promjena klime povećati regionalne razlike u prirodnim bogatstvima. Nepovoljni utjecaji će uključiti povećani rizik od kopnenih bujica, češćih obalnih poplava i povećane erozije tla (uzrokovane olujama i povećanjem razine mora). Predviđa se pogoršanje vremenskih uvjeta (visoke temperature i suše) u regiji koja je već osjetljiva na promjene klime. Također se predviđa smanjenje opskrbe vodom, smanjenje kapaciteta hidroelektrana, smanjenje ljetnog turizma te produktivnosti usjeva.

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Photo source: Croatia Week online magazine

Treba se zaustaviti – sada. 16. veljače je rok za otvorene komentare Vladi RH, potreban formular možete naći ovdje. Pored hrvatske, postoji i mukotrpno prevedena engleska verzija, tako da BEZ OBZIRA GDJE ŽIVE, ljudi koji se brinu za naša mora mogu poslati komentar. Molim vas i da to učinite! Kao što i pretpostavljate, ova bitka će biti skupa sa pravne strane tako da vas molim da date doprinos Clean Adriatic Sea Allience-u.

Hrvati imaju pravu priliku da postave svjetski standard za čistu energiju u tandemu sa ostatkom njihovog gospodarstva, ali prvo će svi trebati ustati i reći: NE OVDJE, NE SADA, NITI IKADA, i zatvoriti bušotine i maknuti onih deset platformi. Da li ćete mi se pridružiti?

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Das einzige Öl, das mit einem kroatischen Bikini zusammen-passt, ist Olivenöl

Der Vollständigkeit halber sei noch Folgendes erwähnt: Nachdem ich diesen Beitrag im Dezember 2014 geschrieben habe und er im Internet einen Riesenerfolg landete (allein in der englischen Originalversion wurde er 125.000 mal gelesen), wurde ich gebeten, bei der Clean Adriatic Sea Alliance mitzumachen, und so bin ich dort inzwischen als Chief Strategy Officer (Strategieleiterin) tätig.

17.03.2015 http://www.croatia-split.com/blog/what-s-happening/adriatic-drilling-casa-replies-to-oil-agency-boss-barbara-doric.html

The original English version can be found here. 

Alle Links im folgenden Artikel wurden GANZ BEWUSST ausgewählt, weil sie weitere Informationen und Möglichkeiten zum Mitmachen bieten. ICH BITTE EUCH GANZ INSTÄNDIG, vor dem 16. Februar ZU HANDELN! (dazu bitte weiterlesen)

Wenn euch Meere und Ozeane, sauberes Wasser für alle, erneuerbare Energien, Umwelt, Kroatiens Kulturerbe, Strandurlaube, Wassersport, Segeln, Meeresfrüchte und Fisch, die kroatische (oder italienische) Adria am Herzen liegen wie auch die Lebensqualität, die auf harmonischer Koexistenz mit unserem Planeten, anstatt auf Geldgier und Verstößen basiert, dann ist dieser am Jahresende geschriebene Beitrag (ursprüngliche Version vom 30.12.2014) für euch! Er ist zweifelsfrei lang, keine Frage. Bitte teilt diesen Artikel in den sozialen Medien (momentan wird er in mehrere Sprachen übersetzt). Ich danke all meinen Lesern für ein großartiges Jahr. Sretna Nova Godina! Frohes neues Jahr!

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Ich denke an die Konsequenzen – immer (auch jetzt: wie viele Leute werde ich wohl auf welche Weise verärgern, indem ich das hier schreibe). Ich bin keine Unternehmensberaterin für Szenarienplanung (obwohl ich dazu ganz sicher imstande wäre). Ich sehe manchmal Zusammenhänge auf eine Art, die die meisten Menschen, während sie durch ihr Leben rasen, gar nicht in Betracht ziehen. Was mich antreibt, muss für das Allgemeinwohl sein, und damit ich JA sage, müssen mein Herz und mein Verstand eine perfekte Balance finden! Viele Dinge entfachen meine Leidenschaft und Kompetenz, aber um mich wirklich einzumischen, erfordert es immer Integrität und Authentizität. Dieser Artikel handelt von einem Mengendiagramm, das sich aus der Konvergenz zwischen der kroatischen Wirtschaft und der kroatischen Umwelt ergibt und davon, Manipulation von EU-Bestimmungen verheerende und weitreichende Auswirkungen hat. Er handelt von Kurzsichtigkeit, von augenblicklicher Bereicherung einzelner Individuen und davon, wie deren Habgier – falls nur eine Kleinigkeit schrecklich schiefgehen sollte – einen der größten Schätze der Welt von unversehrt historischem, ökologischem und ökonomischem Wert und die Lebensgrundlage der Menschen, die seit Jahrtausenden von der Adria abhängen, zerstören wird. Dieser Blogeintrag handelt davon, wie man mit eurer Hilfe (bitte, bitte unterzeichnet die Petition und leitet sie weiter an eure Freunde) einen Weg zurück finden und die Dinge für uns alle einerseits so belassen kann, wie es das Kroatische Fremdenverkehrsamt in seinem englischen Werbeslogan ausdrückt: “Das Mittelmeer, wie es einst war“, aber gleichzeitig die wirtschaftliche Situation für die Kroaten verbessern könnte.

Der Travel Channel verweist auf Kroatische Bikinis (im Englischen bedeutet ein „kroatischer Bikini“ textilfrei) und auf Klippensprünge und wenn jeder nur einmal die Freiheit genießen möchte, auf einem perfekt goldenen Sand zu liegen und in einem Meer zu schwimmen, dessen Farbschattierungen von Kobaltblau bis Aquamarin reichen – und Anthony Bourdain dann noch über das Essen spricht und davon, wie schön es hier ist – nun, dann kann man einen Anstieg an Touristenzahlen erwarten. Es wäre eine Untertreibung zu sagen, dass der Einfluss des Tourismus enorm ist und dass er wohl zu den größten Marktsegmenten gehört, die in Kroatien gefördert werden sollten. Und doch scheint die rechte Hand hier nicht zu wissen, was die linke gerade macht (nicht nur in Kroatien), sonst hätte man die Pläne zur Öl- und Gasförderung geblockt. Stimmen sich die kroatischen Minister in ihren Kabinettsitzungen eigentlich ab?

Ich bin in Kroatien, weil ich herausfinden will, ob ich es zu meinem ständigen Wohnsitz machen kann. (Nachdem ich jetzt – nicht sehr glücklich – zurück in den USA bin, habe ich tatsächlich eine Bleibe in Kroatien gefunden). Ich bin jetzt zwar mitten im Winter hier, aber auch ich bin hauptsächlich deswegen hier, weil mich die Adria angezogen hat, genau wie die anderen 11,5 Millionen Menschen, die im Sommer 2012 hierher kamen. Um das ins rechte Licht zu rücken: ein schmaler Landstrich wie Dalmatien beherbergt in den drei Monaten zwischen Juni und August fast das 4-Fache der gesamten kroatischen Bevölkerung.

(Die Hervorhebungen im Folgenden sind von mir).

Auf der ersten Seite des Reiseführers Lonely Planet steht in Bezug auf kroatische Musikfestivals:

“Die kroatische Musikszene floriert und lässt jeden Sommer neue aufregende Events entstehen. Eine herrliche natürliche Kulisse mit idyllischen Stränden, Seen, Wiesen und Waldlichtungen für unzählige begeisterte Festivalbesucher ist so gut wie garantiert“.

Auf der Landing Page des Rough-Reiseführers findet man zu den besten Küstenabschnitten in Kroatien Folgendes:

“Wenn es um die Strände Kroatiens geht, dann ist die beste Empfehlung, immer weiter Richtung Süden zu ziehen: denn die besten und verführerischsten Sandufer, kieseligen Grotten und sonnenverwöhnte Felsen findet man an der Dalmatinischen Küste. In der Tat befinden sich alle Strände, die es auf unsere Liste geschafft haben, in Dalmatien, außer einem einzigen (auf der bezaubernd sandigen Insel Susak in der Kvarner Bucht). Eine umfangreiche Sammlung an anderen schwindelerregenden Destinationen wurde aus einem einfachen Grund nicht auf die Liste genommen und zwar wegen der Erreichbarkeit: solche Inseln wie Korčula, Vis und Šolta rühmen sich mit einer großen Anzahl an himmlischen Buchten (…)“

Kroatien wurde von Fodor`s als die Nummer 1 der Reiseziele genannt, die sich auf dem Vormarsch befinden. Der Wert des Tourismus für die kroatische Wirtschaft ist (wie viele andere Dinge hier) Gegenstand statistischer Angaben, die stark variieren können – gemäß EU sind es 15%, während die Einheimischen ihn auf gar 40% des gesamten Jahresbudgets Kroatiens schätzen. Darko Lorencin, Kroatiens Tourismusminister, sagte, dass die ersten sechs Monate des Jahres 2014 etwa 2,12 Milliarden Euro eingebracht haben, was 2,2% höher ist als im gleichen Zeitraum des Vojahres. Schätzungen zufolge verdankt die kroatische Wirtschaft 69% ihres Einkommens der Dienstleistungsbranche, also etwa der Vermietung von Segelbooten, dem Verkauf in Bars und Restaurants (die z.B. diverse Fische und Meeresfrüchte aus dem kristallklaren Wasser anbieten) und natürlich denjenigen, die sich um frische Bettbezüge und Handtücher kümmern. Wenn man der gleich auf der Eingangsseite zu findenden Aussage der Weltbank zu Kroatiens Wirtschaft Glauben schenken darf, dann gilt:

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Kanal von Drvenik, kroatische Adria, Ausblick aus meinem Fenster am 30. Dezember 2014, hier bin ichdahin bin ich geschwommen in den letzten zwei Monaten geschwommen.

Kroatien ist ein ökologisches Juwel in Europa: 47% der Land-und 39% der Meeresfläche sind als Naturschutzgebiete ausgewiesen. Kroatien kann sich mit 19 National- und Naturparks rühmen, darunter mehrere, wie etwa der Nationalpark „Plitvicer Seen“, die zum UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe ernannt wurden. Die Schönheit der kroatischen Natur zieht jedes Jahr Millionen Touristen in ihren Bann und ermöglicht Einnahmen aus dem Tourismus, die 15% des gesamten Bruttoinlandsprodukts ausmachen. Die Erhaltung der Umwelt steht ganz oben auf der Entwicklungsagenda und war eine der Anforderungen bei der Aufnahme in die Europäische Union.“

BP over Adriatic

This map, provided by Richard West, shows the scope of the BP Gulf Oil Spill, aka Deepwater Horizon spill, as overlaid against the Adriatic; it wouldn’t ‘just be’ Croatia impacted but also Italy, Slovenia, Montenegro and Albania.

Nachdem ich nun zwei Monate immer wieder in diesem makellosen Wasser geschwommen bin, ist der Kampf für eine saubere Adria etwas SEHR PERSÖNLICHES für mich geworden! Wie zum Teufel kann man bloß glauben, dass Erdöl- und Erdgasbohrungen in diesen Gewässern eine gute Idee sein könnten? Auch wenn eine der 10 Ölplattformen, die kürzlich eine Bohrlizenz für die kroatischen Gewässer erhielten, keine Umweltkatastrophe in dem von der Deepwater Horizon im Golf von Mexiko verursachten Ausmaß bewirkt (ich wünschte, jemand würde die links gezeigte Karte mit einer ähnlichen Adriakarte überdecken, um aufzuzeigen, was passieren könnte), so wären die Folgen eines viel kleineren Vorfalls auf die sich entwickelnde Filmindustrie (Game of Thrones et al), auf den Tourismus, die Fischerei (die Eurostatzahlen für 2013 beziffern den Exportwert auf 115,2 Mio. Euro), auf archäologische Stätten  (am Meeresgrund) und auf die Kultur, und auch auf den Erhalt der seltenen Delphine, katastrophal – ganz zu schweigen von den Folgen für etwa 50 % der kroatischen Bevölkerung, deren Lebensgrundlage die Adria ist. Welch gravierende Folgen dies hätte, begriff ich erst (am 8. Februar), als ich auf den kompetenten und klugen Nenad Duplančić stieß, einen international anerkannten und höchst gebildeten kroatischen Experten. Falls ihr Kroatisch versteht, dann lest den Post von Dignitea Hvar in eurer Muttersprache, ansonsten verwendet bitte unbedingt ein Übersetzungstool, um die Wichtigkeit seiner Kommentare über die geplanten Bohrungen in der Adria besser zu verstehen.

Für den Rest von euch sei hier nur kurz gesagt, dass neue Bohrinseln in einigen Teilen der USA seit 1969 verboten sind, sodass man langsam versteht, warum internationale Ölkonzerne (um Unternehmensgewinne und Gehälter aufrechtzuerhalten) den Blick auf ärmere Länder richten (die Arbeitslosenquote liegt in Kroatien bei über 23%), um diese auszubeuten und zu zerstören.

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Barbara Dorić – vielleicht sollte jemand ihre Bankkonten überprüfen?

So wie ich es sehe, sollten folgende Minister der kroatischen Regierung genau das mit jeder Faser ihres kollektiven Körpers bekämpfen: die Kulturministerin, Ministarstvo kulture, Andrea Zlatar, der Wirtschaftsminister, Ministarstvo gospodarstva, Ivan Vrdoljak, (der stattdessen auf Wellen-, Wind- und Solartechnologien schauen und die petrochemische Energie komplett verwerfen sollte, weil diese, wie N. Duplančić aufzeigt, kurz vor ihrem logischen Aus steht), der Minister für Umwelt- und Naturschutz  Ministarstvo zaštite okoliša i prirode, Mihael Zmajlović, der Minister für marine Angelegenheiten, Transport und InfrastrukturMinistarstvo pomorstva, prometa i infrastrukture (MPPI) der Republik Kroatien, Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, der Landwirtschaftsminister, Ministarstvo poljoprivrede, Tihomir Jakovina und selbstverständlich der TourismusministerMinistarstvo turizma oder MINT, Darko Lorencin. Fragt euch doch einmal, warum ein Unternehmen, das auf der italienischen Seite der Adria von der Erdölsuche ausgeschlossen ist, von Barbara Doric, der Vorsitzenden des Kroatischen Kohlenwasserstoffamtes, die Genehmigung dafür bekommt. (Ehrlich gesagt, sollte man ihr für ihre Rolle in diesem ganzen Debakel die Staatsbürgerschaft entziehen und sie dann auf einen sehr dreckigen Strand verbannen). Die Kroaten sind kaum gleichgültig gegenüber der Schönheit und dem Leben, das ihnen ihre Umgebung bietet – oft genug hört man von ihnen den Satz: „Wer kann das hier schon bezahlen?“ und dabei mit einer ausladenden Geste ihrer Arme auf den Anblick, den Promenaden und die Adria bieten, deuten. Verstehen die Italiener vielleicht besser, was alles auf dem Spiel steht?

Saudi-Arabien manipuliert die Märkte, um den Preis des Rohöls künstlich niedrig zu halten und damit croatia nudedie weitere Entwicklung und Ausbreitung von erneuerbaren Energien zu verhindern. Und angesichts der bekannten Gefahren beim Fracking bei der Gewinnung von Erdgas sollte es eigentlich jedem klar sein, dass die petrochemische Industrie nichts in der Nähe eines kroatischen Bikinis zu suchen hat.

Kroatien ist nicht mein Land, dennoch empört mich das Ganze zutiefst und ich hoffe, ihr alle, die das hier lest, seid es auch. Haben die Gier und der unersättliche Konsum von Erdöl und Erdgas nicht schon genug Zerstörung und Krieg mit sich gebracht? Klimaforschern zufolge wird der Anstieg des Meeresspiegels bald ganze Gemeinschaften in Küstenregionen auslöschen. Hallo? Hat sich irgendjemand mal angeschaut, wie viele Einwohner Kroatiens auf Höhe des Meeresspiegels leben? In Europa rechnet man damit, dass die Klimaveränderungen die regionalen Unterschiede im Hinblick auf natürliche Ressourcen und Vermögen vergrößern werden. Die negativen Auswirkungen werden unter anderem sein: ein höheres Risiko von Sturzfluten im Inland und eine erhöhte Anzahl von Überschwemmungen in Küstenregionen, verstärkte Erosion (als Folge von Gewittern und des Meeresspiegelanstiegs). Außerdem wird vorhergesagt, dass Regionen, die ohnehin schon mit Klimaschwankungen (hohe Temperaturen und Dürre) zu kämpfen haben, noch stärker von den Auswirkungen des Klimawandels betroffen sein werden. Darüber hinaus wird durch den Klimawandel die Ressource Wasser knapp und es wird zu negativen Folgen für die Hydroenergie, den Sommertourismus und im Allgemeinen für die landwirtschaftliche Produktivität kommen.

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Quelle: Croatia Week online magazine

Das muss aufhören – und zwar jetzt. Am 16. Februar endet die Frist zur Abgabe von öffentlichen Kommentaren, die an die kroatische Regierung gerichtet werden können, hier findet ihr das Formular zum Ausfüllen. Es wurde sorgfältig ins Englische übersetzt, sodass UNABHÄNGIG DAVON WO IHR LEBT, auch Nicht-Kroaten, die sich um unsere Meere sorgen, einen Kommentar abgeben können. Und bitte, macht mit! Wie ihr euch vorstellen könnt, wird dieser Kampf in rechtlicher Hinsicht sicherlich teuer werden, also helft mit, dieses „Schwergewicht zu stemmen“, indem ihr einen kleinen Beitrag zur Initiative „Clean Adriatic Sea Alliance“ beisteuert.

Kroaten haben eine echte Chance, einen Weltstandard in Sachen „sauberer Energie“ im Einklang mit dem Rest ihrer Wirtschaft zu setzen. Aber es bedarf vieler mutiger Menschen weltweit, die sagen: „NICHT HIER, NICHT JETZT, NIEMALS!“, um die Bohrlöcher und die zehn Plattformen zu verhindern. Seid ihr dabei?

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