A conversation with 2021 Laureate Vladimir Slivyak
Vladimir Slivyak is Russia’s leading environmentalist, who has been spearheading important grassroots campaigns against environmentally damaging practices for decades.
With some of the world’s largest oil, gas and coal reserves, Russia is among the world’s top exporters of fossil fuels. Slivyak has stopped projects related to the exploitation of fossil fuels, the use of nuclear energy and the shipment of radioactive waste from abroad, showing that it is possible to challenge powerful governments to protect the environment.
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Since the 1990s, the need for coal in Russia has significantly decreased. However, government strategies envisage an increase in coal production, which can only be explained by the growing demand in other countries.
Most of the coal exported from Russia goes to Western Europe, specifically, Germany.
Coal is the dirtiest and most climate-damaging energy, but nuclear is neither a cleaner nor a safer alternative.
Where do my electricity and heating come from?
How much government subsidies are going into coal and nuclear power plants?
On the occasion of the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, Slivyak reflected on how Russia’s war on Ukraine was made possible thanks to the money from selling fossil and nuclear fuels.
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“We are capable of achieving successes and quite big successes, like making historic things in Russia. And this is what helps us to survive and continue our work and still feel positive, under very bad political circumstances. It could be dangerous, but if you see that your work is very important and actually very successful and you achieve a lot, then there are more reasons to continue.” — Vladimir Slivyak
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