The World Around Us
members maintain a high interest in environmental matters, both here in
Greece and in the US, and we see US enviro policy as having a major impact
on the health of nature around the world. We also know that the
environment is impacted by US trade, foreign and military policy.
a stateside issue, the environment saw worrying neglect during the Bush
years, beginning with a refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol and culminating
in the lame-duck period with a flurry of roll-backs in environmental
regulations. HELADA members monitored the damage, shared the bad news,
wrote letters, and clicked petitions.
in Greece, we have witnessed the extent of man's impact on the landscape.
Anarchic land and water use, deforestation, subsidy farming, and delays in
addressing the political issue of waste management have blighted much of
the Greek countryside. While great strides have been made in raising
enviromental awareness, especially among young people, environmental
degradation remains a major threat to a fragile Mediterranean ecosystem
and with it the Greek tourist economy. Climate change could gobble
coastline and turn the rest of Greece into a desert.
members called on our elected representatives in the US to support the
fight against global warming and eroding environmental standards
- Carbon taxes and other ways to limit the human contribution to
- Ending the politicization of the EPA and other federal and state
- Economic incentives for sustainable lifestyles
realize the green-investment initiatives of the Obama administration have
been, to some degree, forced by the US and global economic crisis that
became apparent to all in late 2008. We look forward to the results of
Greece, we cooperate with local environmental groups, encourage recycling
at the community level, promote sustainable energy iniatives and support
environmental education. We also mount, or provide volunteers for
local clean-up efforts. For Earth Day 2005, HELADA sponsored its first beach
clean-up at Rhamnous. More community-based events have followed.
Vikos Gorge, Epirus, Greece
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