KW: Vladimir Aleksandrovich, please call the key differences between green ideology and other political trends?
Liberty, equality and tolerance for everyone, regardless of their social status, place of residence, religion is the basis of the green ideology. The purpose of the greens is a high level of quality of life, which depends on the environmental and economic situation in the country and all over the world.
The ideological platform of many parties is morally outdated as the majority of ideologies have formed several centuries ago. On the contrary, the green ideas are one of the most progressive today, and the green movement is getting increasingly influential from year to year. Green parties are present in many parliaments of the developed countries of the world — Switzerland, Germany, Austria etc. In the European Union, the Green Fraction is the fourth largest in European Parliament. In Ukraine, ecological political and public organizations by means of TV channel Tonis have formed over the years a social demand for the green ideology to promote the modernization of Ukraine, and its integration into the world community.
Therefore, if the authorities are guided by the principle of ecologization it will promote the revival of Ukraine and its integration into the world community.
KW: As a businessman, how do you think the state will benefit from the green economy?
Thanks to the efforts of the Green — parties, media, commercial and public organizations — the market of green goods and services has come into being and is becoming the most growing in the world. The green business provides jobs and incomes for a great number of people and small and medium businesses, thereby taking away the market from monopolies and cartels that manufacture goods in unsafe ways thus damaging environment and health of the people.
The environmentalization of Ukrainian economy will allow raising the level of welfare of each person; will provide competitiveness and investment attractiveness of the state, and also positive image in the world.
KW: What is the purpose of the Risk Reduction Foundation that you are heading?
RRF partners are European and international organizations, state and municipal agencies, investment funds, the insurance companies and commercial entities. The foundation is interested in cooperation with scientists, inventors and experts in different fields.
The Risk Reduction Foundation popularizes the idea of competition between countries on qualitative and quantitative levels to make governance more effective and opposition more constructive. People could estimate the work of politicians objectively by comparing the results of their efforts over certain periods of time with the results in other countries. It is possible to estimate the efficiency, professionalism and patriotism of the government using the dynamics of the state rankings in the UN’s Human Development Index.
We hope that young people, when becoming politicians, will operate industries, cities and countries, will compete by the indicators that determine the quality of life for everyone.
KW: 5th of June is the World Environment Day. What would you like to wish our readers? Are there any ecological projects, initiated by Risk Reduction Foundation?
It is time for the supporters of the green idea to become independent and actively protect their constitutional right on safe life and health environment. In particular, throughout 2006–2009 the Green Party of Ukraine has field more than 600 court cases against pollutant enterprises, and to a degree promoted the greenization of corporate sector.
Considering the lack of trust to Ukraine and low investment attractiveness, the Foundation is engaged in
We have launched a project on the conservation and restoration of native plant and animal species that are on the verge of extinction. Nowadays we open the Centers of the Red Book in Ukraine and the CIS countries. Also, the Foundation works with municipalities so that mayors that run cities may apply the EU standards of energy efficiency and saving. For the transition to the green economy principles, the Risk Reduction Foundation works over the implementation of the