003 - A fairytale mountain lake
A scenic beauty, a fairytale landscape - this sub-alpine lake really makes us stand in awe. If we were to seek out an example of sustainable tourism, we would find one here.
The lake did have mild pollution problems but thanks to smart engineering, the self-purifying system has been restored, permanently.
The local governing body is a 100% committed to keeping this crystal clear glacial lake intact, which explains why motorized boats are not permitted. Instead, you can enjoy rowing boats and observe the majestic swans floating by.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If you're familiar with Slovenia and the language in particular, here's a list of environmental NGOs operating in Slovenia that you can support:
Broader freshwater and environmental projects in the region include the 'Amazon of Europe' petition fighting for the intactness of the Mura-Drava-Danube riverside forests, or 'AquaViva' that works to maintain nature's biodiversity in the area.
Freshwater scarcity is of course a far greater issue that stretches way beyond mountainwater preservation. Almost a billion people live without access to safe water. Water.org, co-founded by Matt Damon is one organisation aiming to cope with this problem:
If you want to dig deeper into the topic, browse this collection of NGOs and start taking action:
More info on sustainable tourism here: