Krasnodar, 9 April – Yug Times. Q.: What was the main result of the forum for you?
A.: I want the Krasnodar experience to become the first step towards the establishment of a long-lasting association of southern Russian environmentalists uniting to carry out large-scale projects and resolve global problems that cannot be overcome single-handedly.
Q.: Why has separate waste collection not been introduced in Krasnodar?
A.: It is a consequence of the insufficient awareness of the threats of the waste problem and possibilities for its recycling. Every person must understand how it relates to them and their families.
Q.: Is the business community in Krasnodar prepared to improve the level of environmental activity and shift to ‘green’ technologies?
A.: Big and international companies do it in large volumes, because first of all such are their own business standards, and secondly they conclude ecologisation agreements with federal and regional authorities.
Q.: Is it difficult for nongovernmental organisations to obtain grants?
A.: It is not as difficult as one may think it is; what is much more difficult is to spend the money to the purpose and to prepare a correct report. It is quite possible to receive money for socially oriented projects – but you must understand that you will have to give an account for every rouble received from the budget.
Q.: What is the key motivation for your work?
A.: I am one of the few who can earn by eco-activities. And I do not see any contradictions in this fact. People cannot work constantly without earning money – they must live and develop. My main motivation is to do what I know how to do and to get profit by doing it.
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