Even though the political partnership between Moscow and London has "passed away", the business of the two countries has declared the need to develop cooperation.
On Thursday, March 25th, the 4th Russian-British Raw Materials Dialogue kicked off. Over a thousand businessmen, scientists, and public figures are participating in this year’s forum, which is dedicated to the green economy and transformation of the mineral resources complex. The participants are discussing the prospects for cooperation in business and science.
Is it possible in the current conjuncture? However paradoxical it may seem, but all the speakers of the conference without exception answer this question in the affirmative. Moreover, they believe that an adequate response to the challenges humanity is facing today will only be possible if joint efforts are synchronized. Moreover, there are more and more such challenges, and the most urgent ones are pandemics and climate change.
Vladimir Litvinenko, Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University, opened the dialogue. He noted that we all want to live in a clean environment, breathe fresh air, without harmful impurities, and eat only healthy and natural products. It’s obvious. At the same time, mining and oil and gas companies exert a negative impact on ecosystems, often causing irreparable damage to nature. How to solve this dilemma? Is there no other way but to stop mining and return to the Stone Age?