TV Show ‘Ecological Hour’ on the Balance Between Economy and Ecology in Mining Town Bor (VIDEO)

The theme of the first out of a total of 12 episodes of “Ecological Hour,” realized as part of the project “Environmental Response to Mining Expansion in Timočka Krajina,” was the sustainability of “green mining.” The project is financed by the EU Delegation in Serbia and implemented by the associations “Za Drinking Fountains,” “Association of Young Researchers” from Bor, the City Library “Europe” from Bor, and the Children’s Center Zaječar.

On the topic of “Green Mining,” the show featured discussions by Dragan Ranđelović and Toplica Marjanović from the “Association of Young Researchers” in Bor, who have been advocating for the preservation of a healthy environment in the conditions of mining in Bor and its surroundings for many years through the non-governmental sector.

As they emphasized, about 40 years ago, as pioneers in ecological activities, they focused on two levels—the so-called black ecological spot and the pollution caused by mining metallurgy, and the “green ring of Bor,” the preservation of nature and the environment.

“The biggest problem in Bor, even now, is air pollution with sulfur dioxide, which primarily affects human health, biodiversity, water, and soil quality. So, in addition to advocating for cleaner air in Bor, today, we are much more committed to preserving clean water, soil, waste management, and, above all, involving citizens in decision-making processes in sectors related to preserving their health from pollution,” said Toplica Marjanović.

The two main methods for implementing the “green mining” reform are the rule of law and the application of innovative technologies. The guests highlighted in the show that the choice of technologies and mining methods is now the most important question for the sustainability of the community in the conditions of mining expansion in Bor and Timočka Krajina.

This show was produced within the project “Environmental response to mining expansion in Timočka Krajina” funded by the European Union, and implemented by the Association “Za Drinking Fountains”, the Association of Young Researchers Bor, Civic Library “Europe” Bor and Children’s Center Zaječar. The content of the show is entirely responsibility of these associations and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.