Delphi - Greece

Franz Weber saved Delphi in Greece twice from massive industrialisation projects planned close to the greatest sacred site in antiquity by successfully launching large-scale international campaigns.

With his association for the protection of Delphi called "Rettet Delphi" (Save Delphi), founded in 1978, Franz Weber managed to prevent the US company Reynolds and its Greek investors from building a huge aluminium plant in a bay near Delphi.

Since the most important oracle site of the Greek world, that attracts millions of tourists, also happens to be situated in a fertile bauxite area, the Greek government soon sought a new partner: Starting in 1987, the Soviets should build an aluminium plant at Delphi with a capacity of 600,000 tonnes of clay (alumina) worth 690 million dollars.

At the site - just eleven kilometres from Delphi - the extraction of aluminium would cause to burn twelve million tonnes of fuel oil a year, producing the sulphur dioxide emissions of a major city, plus vast amounts of fluorine, nitrogen oxide, soot and other harmful substances. Not to mention causing an apocalyptic destruction of the landscape.

Franz Weber, who even cabled Mikhail Gorbachev on the subject, achieved victory once again: In May 1987, after 276 European Parliament ministers called on the Greek government to stop building this monster plant, the plan was ceased. In 1997, Franz Weber was awarded the prestigious title "honorary citizen of Delphi" in recognition of his efforts.