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Ader hails ‘successful’ Planet Budapest 2023 expo

The Planet Budapest 2023 sustainability expo which ended on Sunday was successful in all aspects, creating a demand to organise some parts of it as a permanent exhibition next time, former president Janos Ader and chief patron of the event said on Monday.

Interest in the expo among young people was so great that the Heroes of the Future and Your Planet exhibitions had to be opened two days before their official planned opening, and there were still 130 schools left on the waiting list, Ader, who is chairman of the board of the Blue Planet Foundation, told public broadcaster M1.

Entry to the expo even had to be suspended temporarily for safety reasons on Sunday because of the large number of visitors, Ader said.

If the expo is to be held again in two years’ time, at least two of the three exhibitions will have to be made permanent, he said.

Meanwhile, the former president said environmental consciousness in many cases “depends on a single move”. One such example, he said, was the decision of whether or not to throw away a plastic bottle as waste or return it under a deposit return scheme, which will be an option in Hungary from January.

Ader told public radio that a vast majority of the 140 exhibitors had considered the expo “successful” or “outstandingly successful”, with more than a third of them saying they expected their participation to yield commercial benefits in the coming year.

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