Maria Dimopoulou, Environmental Education Coordinator & A’ Directorate of Primary School Eduation at the Ministry of Education, WWF Greece
Green city | Together for a better life
Starting from the local park, or any other green area, or even from a book, a work of art, an exhibit, a piece of music or a movie, we open up, as libraries and as institutions of culture and creative expression, to the local community. We inspire citizens to discover, use and protect the green areas of their neigbourhood. We aim for a green city. We reflect, we inspire pupils, children and adults to become active citizens. We take a step by step approach to action for greening our neigborhood. We use a case study to understand how to transform these green belts of the city to oases of culture, creative thinking, urban biodiversity, recreation, social interaction and care for the public space.
Ι hold a Bachelor’s Degree on Biology from Université Libre de Bruxelles and post graduate degrees on Pedagogy, on Special Needs Education and on Lifelong Learning (Open University of Cyprus). I have been working in public education, as Environmental Education Officer, since 1997. I work with schools and teachers of primary education. I design and coordinate “train the trainers” courses, Environmental and Cultural Education projects. I also coordinate local thematic school networks such as “sustainable schools”, and “school gardens”. I am co-author of the Grade A school book on Environmental Education. My projects include a “mobile library” for schools.