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From theory to practice for a better life in the "Centre of the Earth" park

17 April 2012 / 16:04:11  GRReporter
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Victoria Mindova 

"From theory to practice" is a series of seminars, in which experts from various fields will provide practical advice on how to live in a way more efficient and friendlier to Earth and spend less. The initiative is organized by the non-governmental organization "Centre of the Earth" and the seminars are open to the public every Sunday in May and June this year. Admission is free and the non-governmental organization is aiming at providing answers to current social problems related to society and environment. "The decision to launch courses in how to improve our way of living came as a consequence of the idea that society must change first in order to have greater respect for the environment," said the representative of "Centre of the Earth" Melina Legaki. She explained that now and more than ever, people need to learn how to responsibly use the resources available.

Seven "From theory to practice" seminars will be held one on every Sunday from the beginning of May until 17 June. The first is entitled "Do not throw away" and everyone can learn how to make seemingly useless things useful again. The second seminar will teach how to cook nourishing food inexpensively. "For this workshop, we have invited the expert Angelina Kalogeropoulou, who is also a blogger and gives advice on cooking. She is known for her very easy and very delicious recipes, as well as for her ability to make a rich table spending small amounts of money. Furthermore, we are currently waiting for a dietician to confirm participation." The seminars will also include activities such as farming and agriculture for beginners. They will train the participants in how to identify different plants, to plant and grow them. Agricultural expert Dimitris Bilalis, who is the author of the book “Introduction to agriculture”, will be the lecturer of the fourth seminar of the series. He will give tips for people who want to leave the cities and return to the countryside to begin a more fruitful and harmonious life.

"Lecturers in the seminars will be experts in the specific field that will be the subject of various discussions. Some of them are our partners who are committed to the initiatives of our organization. We have invited the others especially to take part in this programme," stated Legaki. The first Sunday of June will be devoted to energy saving and the slogan of the seminar is "Neither cold, nor hot." Petros Koublis, journalist and host of the show "Join the Climate" the main goal of which is to show viewers how to thermally insulate their homes and increase the energy efficiency in households to the highest degree, will speak during it. The last two seminars will focus on how to follow fashion without spending money for new clothes each season and on eco-cycling.

"We expect that the seminars on how to improve the quality of life will be very successful. If there is increased interest indeed we will hold them again." Legaki did not answer the question "Have the Greeks become more wasteful in recent years?" but said, "Currently, the Greeks have to exist in a new reality, in which you must adapt, no matter who you are. Using the available resources in the best possible way, making yourself useful to yourself and to the people around you, acting with respect for the environment is part of the improvement of life with or without a crisis."

All seminars will be held in the open natural history park "Centre of the Earth." It occupies about 25 acres on the outskirts of Athens and people of all ages visit it. "We have created the park so that visitors can make a sort of a tour to the "centre of the earth", which has various stops - from the corner with horses through the life and significance of invertebrates and insects to the garden, which illustrates natural diversity," said Melina Legaki.

The park has been created under a private initiative and is located near the park "Tritsi" in the area of ​​Nea Philadelphia and only 6.5 kilometres away from Omonia Square in central Athens. "The park is a great place to spend a few pleasant hours in nature, without going away from the city and to learn some useful things about the world around you that you might have missed so far."




Tags: SocietyCentre of the EarthNatural parkSeminarsSustainable development
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