I said in November 1989 that it was fantastic that we would regain freedom once again, but I want to warn people against one kind of freedom, namely the freedom of looting
Mikuláš Huba was born on March 24, 1953 in Bratislava. He studied geography at the Faculty of Science at Comenius University. Since 1969, first alongside his father, the head of the Institute of Phytopathology of the Academy of Sciences, he bought up and restored wooden cottages in remote and abandoned areas of Slovakia. Later on, friends and acquaintances joined him, thus creating areas such as Podšíp, Brízgalky, Vlkolínec and many others. Together they profiled as centres of independent thinking in normalization, with important dissidents finding their refuge there. In the 1970s, they joined the official Union of Nature and Landscape Protectors (SZOPK). The legendary conservation Organization number six (ZO 6) was created alongside it, headed by Mikuláš Huba. Its activities later resulted in the establishment of Bratislava Aloud. Huba opposed a number of socialist regime projects, such as the construction of Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros waterworks, the demolition of historical cemeteries in the centre of Bratislava, and initiated the creation of the Danube Region National Park. He was successful in many cases and made a difference. After the 1989 revolution, he was a Member of the National Council for two years and the chairman of the Environment and Landscape Protection Committee. He succeeded in enshrining in the Constitution of the new state that its economy would be market-based, but environmentally and socially oriented.