Youths urge better climate plan in Valentine's Day card
Ljubljana, 14 February - Young climate activists called on the Infrastructure Ministry on Friday with a special Valentine's Day present, giant card urging improvements on the draft national energy and climate plan.
Like every Friday, members of the Youth for Climate Justice, the Slovenian offshoot of the global Fridays For Future Movement, gathered in front of parliament, before proceeding to the ministry offices, wearing gas masks.
Prompted by the "imported consumerist day of love", they read out a poem that they had written for Minister Alenka Bratušek, but the minister was not there to receive them, touring a road reconstruction site in the west of the country.
The poem, written on a giant Valentine's Day card, asked for the national energy and climate plan not to let them meet with their premature deaths. Although "cute, the plan should bear more fruit".
The young "miss intimacy in the relationship with Bratušek. The unilaterally consummated romance has not left us cold. We are emotional beings and suffer in this toxic relationship," they said.
On Bratušek's behalf, the card was accepted by the ministry's PR officer Boštjan Lajovic, who lauded the activists' creativity, but also told them that they should distinguish between dreams and reality and that the given plan was the best possible compromise.
Still, activist Primož Turnšek said the climate plan was not ambitious enough. "The average target of most countries is to cut emissions by 55% by 2030, while Slovenia is aiming for 36%."
He urged the public to follow their suit and submit proposals to improve the document, which sets out how the country would implement Paris Climate Agreement targets in the period until 2030.