Building on the conclusions of the first day of the conference, the second part of the Oxygen Program deepens discussions on the postulates of the EU Green Deal with special reference to the recommendations and priority areas for the Western Balkans. Mikser talks engage all bearers of potential change towards sustainable development and the circular economy, representatives of the private sector, state institutions, citizens, and activists, but with the inevitable participation of innovators in design and other creative disciplines, giving all these challenges practical solutions applicable in everyday life.
The second day of the Mikser Festival begins with an international panel discussion on the European Green Deal and the importance of recommendations for the Western Balkans, the obligations of all actors, from government officials, companies, and experts, to the media and citizens, to adopt these recommendations to local conditions. Where are we lagging, what are the biggest obstacles, and what are our biggest advantages in reaching these standards even before the implementation of the obligations from the negotiating Chapter 27 on EU accession?
The “Battle for clean air” encourages burning issues of air quality and mutual challenges of the citizens of the most polluted regions and, on the other hand, industries also corporations whose products and services are also important for the quality of life.
What is “greenwashing”? If we do not already know how to translate it adequately, can we recognize it? Who is most responsible for educating consumers, and who is most responsible for their misinformation? Who and in what way portrays themselves as greener than they are, and is this a negative phenomenon or the first step towards lasting transformation?
The program “MADE IN – design for the future” brings together a wide range of creators, from regional furniture manufacturers who adapt to the new requirements of environmentally conscious customers, through contemporary designers focused on local crafts to preserve extinct local skills and techniques, to the youngest generation, recycling, and the use of renewable local resources. Their common denominator is a look into the future, how they see the development of design and production under the influence of global events such as the climate crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, how these phenomena have affected their work processes and existence.
The talks are crowned by the promotion of the publication MADE IN, which presents the results of two years of cooperation between contemporary designers and old craftspeople from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria as a contribution to the topic of sustainability in the context of local heritage preservation.