A ‘quiet’ mountain eco-revolution that could just change the world

15. October 2018

As almost 100 international climate scientists brought together by the United Nations warned that we are headed for catastrophe, a ‘quiet man’ of the mountains has been working, in his own words, to save the world.

Scientists have told governments to take “unprecedented” action to reverse climate change. Global warming, they say,  may be about to trigger the near-total loss of the world’s tropical coral reefs, the collapse of ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland – and sea levels could rise wiping out millions of people.

In short, the scientists say the world has only a dozen years left to tackle climate change.

Dr Jan Telensky, who has built an eco-empire in Slovakia’s High Tatras mountains, said: “People are still denying climate change. But two decades ago I understood what we were storing up for ourselves because of our disregard for the environment.

“Self-interest and short-termism mean little is being done to save our world.  Now we need to act swiftly.”

So, can Dr Telensky, a property magnate and financial angel who doesn’t often seek publicity, really show us all the way to the tough-love the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change say is needed? For the last two decades, while so many governments have ignored the dangers of greenhouse gases, Dr Telensky and his team have been working diligently to find ways to reverse the problems of industrialisation and consumerism.

“I am known for beavering away quietly when I believe in something as much as this but now everybody needs to take notice,” he said,

Dr Telensky has actually created a wonderland of ecologically sound hotels on the border between Slovakia and Poland.

AquaCity Poprad which was built to  run on geothermal and renewable energy opened in 2005. It consists of  Mountain View and  Hotel Seasons. They share  the eco-heated pools, spas and saunas.

The adjacent Hotel Riverside is a part of the national football training centre and presides over a geothermally heated football ground. AquaCity itself won the title of  Europe’s Leading Green Hotel five years running.

Dr Telensky has also has a farm nearby which uses environmentally friendly methods and has banned pesticides. Dr Telensky didn’t have the best start in life, he was driven from his family and home by the Soviet Union-led Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia  in 1968. When he landed in Britain he had just £2 to his name, couldn’t speak the language and ended up in dreary Dunstable. But in the distance he could see Luton, a crumbling decaying town which would soon become the base for his dreams and ambitions. Twenty years later he arrived back in Central Europe, this time in Poprad, a small unheralded city next to the Tatras. He met his wife there and it was because of her family that he first saw his ecological vision of the future. They had showed him the blow-hole of the subterranean geo-thermal lake which was about to buoy up his future.

But his head office is in Luton, once famous for its hat-making industry.

He said: “Luton has been good to me but one day I was standing at the window and watching this fug, this dark dirty cloud hanging over the town and suddenly it came to me, I knew what I wanted to do. I knew what my legacy would be … I wanted to save the world. Or have a damned good go at it.

“Poprad for many reasons  had already come into my radar and I realised its potential, its elevation is high but it stands in a valley surrounded by ice-capped mountains and it has air so fresh and pure it revitalises you.  Then my wife’s family told me the story of an underground lake which was heated by the core of the earth.

“I remember thinking, what if I can harness the energy this lake is producing? Almost a decade later I did it.”

It is estimated that the world produces 32,294 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year yet AquaCity over the same period prevents about 10,000 tonnes of it from getting into the atmosphere …

Vážení zákazníci, na základe nariadenia Ústredného krízového štábu SR v súvislosti s aktuálnou situáciou na Slovensku, bude Aquapark, Wellness a Fitness centrum AquaCity Poprad zatvorené v termíne od 15.10.2020 do odvolania. Veríme, že čoskoro sa budeme môcť venovať Vám našim zákazníkom tak ako doteraz. Sledujte našu webovú stránku www.aquacity.sk a FB stránku AquaCity Poprad, kde Vám budeme podávať všetky informácie. Ďakujeme za pochopenie. Vážení zákazníci, Na základě nařízení Ústředního krizového štábu SR v souvislosti s aktuální situací na Slovensku, bude Aquapark, Wellness a Fitness AquaCity Poprad uzavřené v termínu od 15.10.2020 do odvolání. O dalším postupu Vás budeme informovat podle vývoje. Věříme, že brzy se budeme moci věnovat Vám našim zákazníkům tak jako dosud. Sledujte naši webovou stránku www.aquacity.sk a FB stránku AquaCity Poprad, kde Vám budeme podávat veškeré informace. Děkujeme za pochopení. Dear customers, Based on the order of the Central Crisis Staff of the Slovak Republic dated 15.10.2020 in connection with the current situation in Slovakia, our aqua park AquaCity Poprad will be closed. We will keep you informed as it progresses. We believe that we will soon be able to provide our services to our customers as we have done so far. Please follow our website www.aquacity.sk and FB page AquaCity Poprad for full information. Thank you for your understanding. Szanowni klienci, na podstawie zarządzenia Centralnego Sztabu Kryzysowego Republiki Słowackiej z dnia 15.10.2020 r., w związku z aktualną sytuacją w Słowacji park wodny AquaCity Poprad będzie zamknięty wstępnie w terminie od 15.10.2020. O dalszych krokach będziemy Państwa informować w zależności od rozwoju sytuacji. Mamy nadzieję, że już wkrótce będziemy mogli przywrócić dotychczasowe funkcjonowanie i zadbać o Państwa, naszych klientów. Zachęcamy do śledzenia naszej strony internetowej www.aquacity.sk  oraz profilu AquaCity Popradna Facebooku, gdzie będziemy podawać wszelkie informacje. Dziękujemy za zrozumienie. Уважаемые клиенты, На основании постановления Центрального штаба по кризисной ситуации Словацкой Республики от 15.10.2020г. в связи со сложившейся ситуацией в Словакии, наш аквапарк AquaCity Попрад будет временно закрыт в период с 15.10.2020 года. О дальнейшем графике работы мы будем информировать вас в соответствии с развитием событий.  В своей работе мы принимаем все необходимые меры для того, чтобы обеспечить безопасность наших клиентов, уделяем большое внимание дезинфекции помещений и соблюдаем все предписания, которые действуют в этот период. Мы уверены, что в самое короткое время мы сможем полностью предоставить своим клиентам услуги, как это было до сих пор. Следите за нашим сайтом www.aquacity.sk и FB - страницей AquaCity Poprad / Horizont, где мы будем размещать всю необходимую информацию. Благодарим Вас за понимание.