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Poland 2007



Przemiany gospodarcze na całym świecie powodują wzrost konsumpcji i dramatyczną degradację środowiska naturalnego. Dochodząc do wniosku, że większość programów ochrony środowiska nie zostaje dobrze przyjęta przez rolników i ludzi biednych, Krzysztof włącza wykluczonych (tj. ubogich rolników, więźniów, osoby z niepełnosprawnościami) w inicjatywy ekologiczne, poszerzając bazę działaczy ochrony środowiska w Polsce, przy jednoczesnym zadbaniu o ich potyrzebę zarobienia na utrzymanie.



As Poland’s population and economic growth exacerbates consumption rates, its natural resources and habitat are undergoing increased stress. The loss of biodiversity and degradation of the environment is a global issue, but Poland and other post-transition countries face the additional challenge that comes with the conflicting desires of continued economic success and environmental protection. While environmental protection has its roots in farm life, few preservation activities focus on agriculture and the delicate relationship between farmers and land. Understanding this relationship is critical to sustain both human life and the Polish ecosystem. Currently, the environmental movement focuses on national parks that stand protected, ignoring the challenge of transforming the attitudes and consumption of ordinary citizens and their communities. Prior efforts to promote conservation and biodiversity often have an elitist attitude: They tend to involve methods that are accessible only to the wealthiest citizens and are promoted only among the educated. These efforts commonly fail to engage marginalized groups such as farmers, prisoners, or the disabled, perceived as insignificant in global environmental efforts—and they remain passive recipients of the new regulations. There is a need for creative ways to attract national attention towards environmental protection as an effective tool for bettering the lives of marginalized populations, specifically as a source of income and a chance to start a new life.


Economic changes across the world result in consumption growth and dramatic degradation of the natural environment. Recognizing that most environment protection programs fail to embrace farmers or the poor, Krzysztof engages excluded communities (i.e. poverty-stricken farmers, prisoners, people with disabilities) in environmental initiatives, broadening the base of environmental activists in Poland while at the same time preserving their need to make a livelihood. By creating roles for the socially excluded as environmental leaders, Krzysztof helps them gain footing in society and reverse negative societal perceptions. As a leader of the Pro Natura Association, Krzysztof provides them with tools for starting new jobs and new lives. His approach has commanded significant attention from the media and public, helping to broaden societal support for environment protection. This in turn increases pressure on government and businesses to adopt greener policies, and build a strong support base for environmental protection initiatives.


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