Andrzej Janusz Korbel
Fellow Since 1996
Inicjatywa ekologiczna LESZA
This profile was prepared when Andrzej Janusz Korbel was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
The New Idea
Janusz Korbel is building a broad citizen-based environmental movement. He equips citizens to form and sustain a commitment to Poland's primeval forests and wildlife, and to the ecologies of its many human communities, as development takes place in the new political and economic contexts. Janusz has created a series of seminars that inform people about Poland's environmental laws and help them learn key processes such as how to prepare and present environmental assessment studies, how to resolve environment-related conflicts and how to think creatively about eco-friendly development possibilities. He also stimulates concern for environmental issues-and political participation-through the media. Ultimately, the changes Janusz stimulates may well be more about the process of citizenship than about the Polish environment. He is teaching behaviors that strengthen the country's new environmental laws by putting them to use and creating precedents. He is developing skills for public discussion and exploration of alternatives that will not only help Polish communities address the environmental implications of an industrial plant, for example, but will also equip the citizens of the new democracy with tools of more general use. Janusz believes that it is critical to educate people in a new democratic system about activism and community involvement to ensure healthy political development.