“Initiative ‘21*” was established in 2018 by the most important Public Benefit Foundations in Greece along with the National Bank of Greece on the occasion of the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, organising numerous actions in Greece and abroad in partnership with scientific, academic and social institutions.
“Initiative ’21” has been an example of joining forces, highlighting the public benefit nature and the long-standing trajectory and nationwide contribution of the Foundations involved. This cooperation has given rise to a momentum which has led us to continue working together, with the aim of further spreading a message of unity. A common denominator between the members of the Initiative is the major issue of Climate Change and the Environment.
Mr Ioannis Manos, Management Consultant at the National Bank of Greece and Coordinator of “Initiative ‘21”, referred to its development and actions, underlining the public benefit nature and the long-standing trajectory and nationwide contribution of its members. A common denominator is the major issue of climate change and the environment, which is linked to life, health, the atmosphere, the sea, the economy, education and our cultural heritage. Mr Manos added that the Initiative contacted several scientific, academic and social institutions, which did us the honour of making specific proposals for action, examined and adopted by the Initiative members. These actions, presented below, have been assessed as being both practical and feasible, thus contributing to the work of the State, but also to the awareness of society and young people as regards the crucial issue of climate change and the environment, which is linked to our very existence.
Mr Manos also referred to four conferences to be held in the framework of the Initiative’s actions.
In particular, he referred to:
Finally, the Bodossaki Foundation presented an action plan for the environment and climate until 2030, which includes specific proposals with a view to securing the natural environment and preserving biodiversity and climate stability.
As far as the actions are concerned, specific reference was, first of all, made to an important action initiated by the Academy of Athens. This action consists in a research proposal for the development and installation of an integrated system to monitor the effects of climate change on the monuments of Delos; it is coordinated by the Research Centre for Atmospheric Physics and Climatology of the Academy of Athens, in cooperation with the National Observatory and the University of Athens. The particulars of this action and the relevant implementation stages will be presented at a special press conference to be held at the Academy of Athens in September 2023.
Subsequently, the people in charge of the several institutions presented the individual actions in detail:
Mr Ioannis Manos thanked the speakers, as well as the Press and Social Media representatives; he extended special thanks to the attending members of the scientific and educational teams participating in the implementation of the actions, which stand out on account of their feasibility and integrated approach.
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