Marina Symvoulidou, Environmental education Project Assistant, 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.
A civil engineer with Masters degrees on Energy Conservation and the Environment and Tourism and Protected Areas Management, I embarked on this shared journey with WWF Greece 18 years ago, at first as a volunteer and then as a full time employee. The last decade or so it has been environmental education that has won me though I always act behind the scenes, contributing to the design and development of new educational material, environmental education activities and programmes, the web site and the monthly educators e-newsletter.