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A conference “Environmental Protection and Industrial Activity in the North” initiated by Nornickel has been carried out in Krasnoyarsk.

Today industrial companies are cooperating actively with activists. This conference is a real example of it.

Vladimir Grachev, a research supervisor of the Research Institute of Environmental Problems, said that a balance between industrial development and respect for nature would be found very soon. “We already have revolutionary advances. The main of ones is closure of the nickel factory in Norilsk. Now in this city emission of harmful substances have been decreased by 30%; it was proved by measurements”, said Grachev.

Till 2023, Nornickel’s investments will be about 250 billion of rubles. Much of this sum will be send to activities to improve the ecological situation in the Norilsk industry region.

Roman Gudov, a representative of Nornickel at the conference, told that the main goal was minimization of ecological risks because negative consequences would be dangerous for the Arctic, influence on environment in the region and become a case of a man-made disaster.

“Nowadays the Arctic is not a territory of environmental emergency but a territory for big ecology perspectives.  I don’t think that we should say about Arctic’s sad fate. Many activities are being carried out there, accumulated ecological waste is being cleaned up. These actions are a global subbotnik in a way. But we should do all things with a scientific approach. The Arctic is a very thin layer of soil, delicate trees, flora, and fauna depending on any changes of climate”, drew a conclusion a co-chairman of the Russian Environmental Chamber Vladimir Koptev-Dvornikov.

According to the chairman of the Interregional Non-government Environmental Organization “GREEN ARCTIC” Alexey Rudkovskyi, other industry companies should adopt Nornickel’s initiative. He thinks that companies of gas-and-oil producing industry working in the Arctic must invest in repairing the damage of the Arctic nature, conduct forums and conferences together with activists, scientists, and ecologists”, he believes.

So, not only non-government environmental organizations are going into action but rich industrial companies too. It’s likely the Arctic will become a blooming garden in the future and cheerless landscapes of dumping grounds of 1990s will be only on very old archive photos. Russia does its best to keep the Arctic clean for our posterity.

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