Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Παρασκευή 2 Νοεμβρίου, 12.00, ΟΛΟΙ θα είμαστε στα Προπύλαια, ενάντια στο μεγαλύτερο και πιο καταστροφικό τεχνικό έργο διαχείρισης υδατικών πόρων της χώρας μας.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Kos - history and more history

the wetland at Psalidi, not so wet these days...
big, very big tree

walking through the city's open archeological areas
the Asklipeion - the most amazing archeological site, after Delphi for me in Greece, very Mayan
-like steps and scale, with a gorgeous forest around it
I havent been blogging for quite a while, but have been travelling mucho for work mostly, Kos island, Peloponnese and the fire stricken areas, Skyros island blah blah. But I'll just be posting Kos, which despite the fact that its an island developed for mass tourism, it made quite an impression on me, beautiful old italian-era buildings, the city with all its historical layers that makes it such a joy to walk through and the images from the fires are just too damn depressing.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day

The view of the burnt Elliniko Hill, behind the beautiful Kaiafas Lake, a Natura 2000 site (GR2330005) that was also heavily damaged by the Peloponnese fires.

Today, is Blog Action Day and bloggers around the web are uniting to put a single important issue on everyone's mind, posting an issue of their own choice pertaining to the environment.

So, following this summer's destructive forest fires in Greece which burned over 250,000 ha of pristine land (with over 30,000 ha being in protected areas - Sites of Community Importance), took more than 60 human lives, and left our economy and infrastructure shattered, I would like to raise the issue of what were the primarily causes of this massive destruction?

Putting aside all the recent "conspiracy theories", I believe the answer is quite simple (and shaming):

The Greek State’s chronic indifference and negligence to protect its forests, the inefficient and weak forest fire-fighting system and protection policy, plus the equally important mechanisms to monitor and conserve the environment.

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