Listen to our broadcast at Rodon FM where EVS volunteers play music and discuss about this global issue.
[news] 02.07.2007 Eleftheria 2007 From the 20th to the 28th of June the festival Eleftheria was held
in Serres. The festival consisted of three, three day events.
Activities included puppet shows, dancing, fairground rides, painting,
face painting, exhibitions and much more. Praxis EVS volunteers took
part, helping with UNESO's exhibition stand, which included information
about World Environment Day and the International Polar year. We were
also selling olive trees, helping the number of trees being planted for
the billion tree campaign.
Click more to see pictures from the event. ...moreStephanie Williams;
[news] 18.06.2007 June 17th World Day to Combat Desertification Yesterday was World Day to Combat Desertification, which is
celebrated on the 17th of June every year. The day marks the
anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat
Desertification. It highlights the need to stop the process of
desertification and it also tries to stress the seriousness of the dry
lands issue on the international environmental agenda. This years theme
was "Desertification and Climate Change: One Global Challenge", which
is to highlight the links between climate change and desertification.
[news] 14.06.2007 Racism "It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose
foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and
charity not to teach your child to hate." James Arthur Baldwin (Author)
of any kind is often based on ignorance and fear of anything
unfamiliar, unfortunately racism can exist in all races and cultures.
Our views and beliefs develop as we mature, if a young person is
brought up within a racist family or is in a racist social group then
they will think that its acceptable behavior. Racism is an extremely
sensitive subject for some as issues such as free speech are brought
into play, some people say that its just words. Others try to point out
that these words can lead to situations spiraling out of control such
as the extermination of the Jews in World War II.
[news] 12.06.2007 Update on Alan Johnston Alan Johnston is a missing British Journalist. He was the only
international correspondent still be living and working in the Gaza
Strip and was kidnapped on this Gaza city office on the 12th of March.
has been a development in this story since the last report on this
website, for World Press Freedom Day. On the 1st of June, 12 weeks
after his disappearance a video has been released showing the first
pictures of Alan Johnston since his abduction. The video is supposed to
have been posted by the Army of Islam, which is the group that is
supposed to be holding Mr. Johnston. It in the video he says that he is
healthy and being treated well, but it cannot be identified where and
when the video was made. The US, Russia, the UN and the EU have called
for the release of Mr. Johnston, urging the Palestinian authorities to
do everything they can to ensure his release.
Click More to see the video ...moreStephanie Williams;
[news] 11.06.2007 Refugees and Migrants In today's world people are making decisions everyday to leave
their homes, communities and countries. The reason some do this is
because they are afraid, afraid for they're lives and the lives of
their children and loved ones. Economic and social situation can also
be a reason for people to relocate themselves. These people have a
right that is common between them as refugees, asylum seekers, migrants
and internally displaced persons. They have the right to non
discrimination. This is a fundamental part of all human rights.
[news] 07.06.2007 Tuesday 5th of June World Environment Day This Tuesday was World Environment Day. The day was celebrated in
Serres, by the planting of olive trees, which in Greek culture
symbolises peace and goodwill. The ceremony took place in one of the
three abandoned military camps in Serres and was attended by some
important figures from the municipality, education, UNESCO and by a
representative of the army. The camp is usually closed to the public
but was opened especially for World Environment Day. It has been
proposed that the camp is to be redeveloped, as it is a large area that
has been unused since the 1970's. The trees will go towards the goal of
a billion tress planted in 2007, by the Billion Tree Campaign. The
number of pledged trees has exceeded its goal, with the number now at
1,017,346,104 and the number of planted trees has reached 17,212,965.
Click more for videos of the event. ...moreStephanie Williams;
[news] 06.06.2007 Photography Exhibition Depka
[news] 04.06.2007 World Environment Day 2007 Greece's involvement: Events for World Environment Day in Greece.
year to coincide with this year's theme of Melting Ice: A Hot Topic?
The Hellenic Tennis Federation (HTF) is organizing a junior tennis
tournament called Green Tennis Tournaments Melting Ice: A Hot Topic?
The tournaments will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of June and will take
place in all the tennis clubs in Greece. There will be various
categories based on ages and every category will have an "Environment
More contact information and Greece's involvement in previous year click more. ...moreStephanie Williams;
[news] 01.06.2007 What is the International Polar Year? The International Polar Year (IPY) extends over two years; it
started in March 2007 and will finish in March 2009. It is going to be
the largest ever international research programme in the Polar Regions.
It's main focus in the climate change and the interactions of climate,
oceans, ice, land, ecosystems and human society in the Arctic and
[news] 01.06.2007 World Environment Day Melting Ice: A Hot Topic?
As a society we are aware that
there have been changes in the climate. We are experiencing milder
winters and warmer summers. These are changes that an average citizen
can experience, but what is really going on?
impacts of climate change include the shrinking Arctic ice cap, rising
sea levels, receding glaciers worldwide, thawing permafrost, earlier
break-up of river and like ice, increasing intensity and duration of
tropical storms, lengthening of mid to high latitude growing seasons
and shifts in plant and animal ranges and behaviour.
It is all
very well to list the changes in climate, but listing the affects of
climate change isn't likely to provoke any feelings, as humans we need
to know how these changes affect the environment around us and how it
[news] 31.05.2007 What you can do! Of the over one million species of plants and animals on this
planet, only a few such as crops, timber, and edible fish have market
values. Most of the remaining species aid humans in less direct ways:
by creating oxygen, decomposing organic matter, filtering air and
water, and controlling pests. These natural processes can be seen as
"services" provided by our ecosystems. So its important that we help
preserve and protect this.
These are some easy but crucial thoughts on what to do to help save our environment
[news] 30.05.2007 World enviroment day Melting Ice : a Hot Topic? 5th June 2007 World environment day (WED) is celebrated each year on the 5th of
June to highlight the problems we face as a society with our
environment and its desecration. This years theme is melting ice in
support of international polar year. Polar ecosystems and communities
are being change by the effects of climate change, and we around the
world also are affected by the change and will continue to see changes
unless we take action and try to curtail the effects.
[news] 29.05.2007 World Environment Day 2007 The World Environment Day (WED) is commemorated on the 5th of June
every year and is hosted by a different city. It was established by the
United Nations General Assembly in 1972. The day is used to create
worldwide awareness of the environment and to enhance political
attention and public action.
[news] 25.05.2007 The International Day for Biological Diversity: Biodiversity and Climate Change 22 May 2007 Biodiversity day 2007 is a day to think about the plight of natural
processes on our earth and think of ways we can help in the process of
alteration biodiversity faces through climate change.
isn't just a small challenge but a mammoth task that if we don't help
could change our planet, losing whole species, habitats and natural
process's. ...moreSteven Price;
[news] 24.05.2007 Biodiversity day 22nd of May 2007 Biodiversity and climate change was this year theme on the
biodiversity day 22nd of May. And for you who does not know what
biodiversity is, it can simply be explained by one quote: �the
variety of all life and natural processes on Earth, including diversity
within species, between species and of ecosystems. Biodiversity
provides food and medicine, fresh air and clean water, protection from
natural disasters and green spaces for humans.�
[news] 23.05.2007 ????????? 2007 The event this year took place between the 11th and 16th of May.
With around 1000 students, 200 chaperone's and 400 volunteers taking
part over the six days. With many sporting events, art exhibitions,
cultural exhibitions and much more.
It is an event that is
taken part by Greek students from all over Greece and from other
countries, such as England, Australia, America and even China. The
children take part in a number of different sporting events including
baseball, volleyball, tennis, football, handball, wrestling, shooting
and archery to name but a few.
[news] 21.05.2007 Theme: Biodiversity and Climate Change This years theme of biodiversity and climate change was chosen to
complement the designation of 2007 as the International Polar Year and
also coincides with UNEP'S World Environment Day theme of Climate
According to the Convention on Biological Diversity
website "Biological diversity includes all plants, animals,
microorganisms, the ecosystems of which they are part, and the
diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems."
[news] 16.05.2007 Environmental projects displayed in ??????. On Saturday the 12th of May the central square of ?????? was filled
with exhibitions on environmental projects. The projects were produced
by children, who varied in ages from schools all over ??????. There
were many projects which had themes such as eco tourism, global
warming, organic food products, sources of drinking water, sources of
energy and recycling of electrical appliances to name but a few. The
all collected their information through various different methods,
which included school visits, looking through magazines and on the
internet. The projects were completed by the children out of school
time, which shows the enthusiasm the children have to participate in
issues about the environment. All EVS volunteers attended the
exhibition and interviewed the children about their projects, but most
of the children only had a basic level of English, so this made the
task very hard and they seemed to be more interested in us and our
volunteer work than telling us about their projects. But from what we
understood of the projects they seemed very impressive.
Thanks to the children that attempted to speak to us in English.
[news] 16.05.2007 International Day of Biodiversity 22nd of May 2007 What is it? It is a day that was proclaimed by the United National, to increase the understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
This year's theme is: Biodiversity and Climate Change
Previous themes include:
2006 - Protect Biodiversity in Drylands
2005 - Biodiversity: Life Insurance for our Changing World
2004 - Biodiversity: Food, Water and Health for All
2003 - Biodiversity and poverty alleviation - challenges for sustainable development
2002 - Dedicated to forest biodiversity
day is to promote the conserve of biodiversity that is especially
sensitive to climate change, to preserve the habitats so as to
facilitate the long-term adaptation of biodiversity, to improve out
understanding of climate change and it's links with biodiversity and to
fully integrate biodiversity considerations into mitigation and
For more information visit: www.biodiv.org www.countdown2010.net
[news] 09.05.2007 Climate Change: Migratory birds, the facts. Due to global warming the earths temperature is increasing and is
on average one degree higher on land and across the oceans than a
century ago. These changes in temperature have affected many parts of
the earth, the arctic, coastal areas, oceans and forests.
changes in climate change not only affect us humans but also all other
living creatures on earth, including birds. Migratory birds plan their
year by the changes in weather, but the weather patterns are changing,
causing confusion amongst the birds, which in effect is reducing their
chances of survival.
[news] 08.05.2007 Bird Migrating Day 2007 It has probably drawn to every ones attention that during autumn
and spring. Huge flocks of storks, cranes, geese and a lot of other
migrating birds flying over our sky. Why they do this? To escape the
cold weather up north to a warmer climate during the winter or flying
back to their homes during the spring. But it has now come to my
attention that the birds have stopped flying away to warmer climates.
But why? Why stop this long lasted tradition of the birds? Have they
suddenly gotten pissed of at their ancestors? Or may this be the
homo-sapiens who have done something wrong again? This may be!
[news] 08.05.2007 New Writers Competition Serres Monday the 7th of May saw the New Writers Competition of Serres.
The schools of Serres took part in the competition, to find a new
writing talent among the children. The children read their stories on
stage, often acting them out or using a song to illustrate the story.
The meeting of these writers was attended by the writer ?????
Videos of the event:
Click more to see another video and pictures of the event. ...moreStephanie Williams;
[news] 04.05.2007 What are migratory birds and why do they need to be protected? Climate changes are affecting migratory bids, but what exactly is a migratory bird and why do they need to be protected?
is a natural process for birds; they fly thousands of miles in order to
find the best conditions, for feeding, breeding and raising their
young. Most notably when a country gets colder, the birds fly to warmer
climates, as it makes breeding easier. But there are many different
migration patterns. According to the WMBD website "Most birds migrate
from northern breeding areas in the summer, to southern wintering
grounds. However, some birds breed in the far south of Africa, and
migrate to northern wintering grounds, or horizontally, to enjoy the
milder coastal climates in winter. Other birds migrate in terms of
altitude, moving higher up a mountain in summer, and wintering on the
[news] 03.05.2007 World Migratory Bird Day 12th-13th May 2007 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a day devoted to celebrating the
beauty of migrating birds and for promoting their conservation
worldwide. This year it takes place on the 12th and 13th of May and its
theme will be "Migratory birds in a changing climate". The focus of
this year's event is to make people aware of how birds are being
affected by climate change.
[news] 02.05.2007 World Press Freedom Day: Press freedom, safety of journalists and impunity "The rights to life and to liberty and integrity and security of
person and also to freedom of expression are fundamental human rights
that are recognized and guaranteed by international conventions and
instruments." (UNESCO Resolution, General Conference 1997)
journalists killed, 5 media assistants killed, 125 journalists
imprisoned, 4 media assistants imprisoned and 65 cyber dissidents
imprisoned. All this since the beginning of 2007!
[news] 02.05.2007 World Press Freedom Day. How much freedom do we really have? We might think that everyone is entitled to free speech, but it's
not that simple. Some journalists and other media professionals who try
to exercise their freedom of speech, have their publications shut down,
they are silenced, attacked and even murdered. You might believe that
this is something that happened many years ago and doesn't exist today,
but you would be wrong.
According to the Reporters Without
Borders Press Freedom Barometer, it is countries that are involved in
violent conflicts that are the most dangerous places for media
professions. Countries such as Iraq, Sri Lanka, Colombia and
Afghanistan. But it is shocking to see that there have also been
reported deaths in countries that are not war zones, such as Mexico,
Russia, Philippines and China. In total 81 journalists and 32 media
assistants were killed last year. This shows that journalists are under
threat where ever they are.
These figures are shocking, with
2006 being the deadliest year on record. But what is even more
disturbing is that fact that most of these crimes go unpunished.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists in the last 15 years
about 85% of all journalists' murderers faced neither investigation nor
prosecution for their crimes.
It is shocking to find out that
up to today, 2/5/07 according to the Press Freedom Barometer 24
journalists have been killed, 5 media assistants killed, 125
journalists imprisoned, 4 media assistants imprisoned and 65
Politkovskaya was murdered in Moscow on the 7th of October 2006 and was
the 76th journalist to be killed that year. She is also being awarded
the 2007 UNESCO/Guillermo World Cano Press Freedom Prize and is the
only one to be awarded the prize after death.
is Alan Johnston who is the BBC's Palestinian Territories correspondant
who has been held hostage in the Gaza Strip since the 12th of March
These are just two examples. There are many more who have been killed, imprisoned and kidnapped. ...moreStephanie Williams;
[news] 30.04.2007 World Press Freedom Day 3rd of May 2007 World Press Freedom Day is a day that has been designated by the
United Nations to raise the awareness of the importance of freedom of
the press and to remind governments of their duty to uphold the right
to freedom of expression under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights.
It was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly
in 1993 and is celebrated on the 3rd of May every year, which is the
anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free press
principles which was put together by African newspaper journalists in
[news] 20.04.2007 Billion Tree Campaign-Plant For the Planet This campaign is running throughout the year, so plan to do
something for it and follow through on that plan, as it is a very
worthwhile campaign. Trees are very important, but why?
[news] 20.04.2007 European Road Safety Day 27 April 2007 For the first time this year there will be a European Road Safety
Day dedicated to young drivers and their safety. Bringing awareness of
the European project to save 25,000 lives on our roads. It is a chance
to create a European and global community interested in road safety and
the safety of the individual. There will be events held all over Europe
including the European Road Safety Event, sponsored and organized by
the European commission in Brussels, attending will be the Vice
President of the commission in charge of transport, Mr. Jacques Barrot.
[news] 20.04.2007 National and Global Youth Service Day Today is the first day of National and Global Youth Service Day
celebrations. Although you might have an idea about volunteering, do
you really know what it involves?
Volunteering is about giving up your time to do something useful and not get paid for it (apart from expenses).
[news] 19.04.2007 National and Global Youth Service Day This day is celebrated on the 20th-22nd of April. It is an event
that was started in America, where they have a strong tradition for
volunteering. Youth Service America was started in 1986, with a mission
to encourage youths to participate in volunteering and to support them,
with the goal for lifelong volunteering. Global Service day first
started in 2000, with the support of Youth Service America.
So why should youths volunteer?
to the Youth Service America website there are many good reasons why
youths should participate in volunteering. It is noted that students
who volunteer are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote, and
volunteer the rest of the lives. They are less likely to abuse drugs
and alcohol and engage in other destructive behaviour. Also youth
volunteer service, contributing more than 2.4 billion hour each year is
worth more than 34.3 billion dollars to the US economy.
[news] 19.04.2007 Earth Day Earth Day Network(EDN) first founded Earth Day in 1970, it promotes
environmental citizenship and a annual progressive action worldwide. It
is celebrated around the world on the 22th of April. But larger events
like festivals and rallies often takes place a weekend before or after
the 22th. A lot of people also celebrate Earth Week or Earth Month by
organizing a lot of environmental activities of the whole month. ...moreJonas Aberg;
[news] 19.04.2007 Youth Day So! The Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is coming up! This is the
largest annual celebration of young volunteers. So on the 20th to the
22nd of April is it time to say �hooray�. And there is millions of
young people from all around the world who celebrate this day, with
carrying out thousands and thousands of community improvement projects!
year during one weekend in April Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is
celebrated it is the largest annual celebration of youth services in
the world. Millions of young people from countries around the world
unite to draw attention to and carry out thousands of community
improvement projects. Global Youth Service Day was first created by
Youth Service America as a national day in 1988 but it was so
successful they took it global in 2000. It's a resource centre and
network of 200 plus organizations helping to engage more young people
in volunteer opportunities. Thousands of youths join in service for the
first time or continue the service they do all year round with the
renewed energy and vitality resulting from a global youth initiative.
Youths will design and lead service learning projects in areas ranging
from literacy and the environment, to healthcare, hunger, and help for
the elderly. It is also a good tactic to emphasize what the
organizations are already doing, an opportunity to launch a new
program, and to involve a new generation of volunteers to help as part
of the solution. ...moreSteven Price;
[news] 13.04.2007 Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign The campaigns aim is to get people, communities, organisation,
business and industry, civil society and government to plan trees and
then to enter their tree planting pledges online at
unep.org/billiontreecampaign. The goal of this campaign is to plant one
billion trees worldwide during 2007.
So join the campaign, you can pledge as little as one tree! So plant a tree today.
For more information on the campaign or for information on how to plant a tree visit unep.org/billiontreecampaign
Also listen to radio spots made by the volunteers of Praxis on Rodon FM 95.
[news] 13.04.2007 What can we do to help? We can all do little things that can help reduce the effects of
global warming, we need to bring the potentially catastrophic warming
under control by curtailing the release of carbon dioxide and other
heat trapping gases into the atmosphere, here is a list of little
things that you can do: ...moreSteven Price;
[news] 12.04.2007 Climate change: Who will it affect most? A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) highlights the ever growing unfair divide of global warming.
Global warming is going to affect regions differently. While it is the
riches countries, who have contributed the most so far to global
warming; it is the poorer countries that are going to be hit hardest.
This is not to say that richer countries aren't going to be hit by the
effects of global warming, but they have the resources to combat most
of the consequences, so they will be shielded from most of the effects.
But poorer countries do not have the resources to tackle the problems
of global warming.
So should it really be a balance between
trying to prevent the effects of global warming, managing the effects
of global warming and helping poorer ones fight the consequences of
[news] 04.04.2007 National and Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22nd 2007. National and Global Youth Service Day is an event that is held
every year on one weekend in April (this year it is held on the 20-22nd
of April), events are held all around the world. It is organised by the
Youth Service America and the Global Youth Action Network and many
international organisations. It celebrates, recognizes and mobilizes
the year-round contributions that young people make to their
communities and their work through voluntary service.
[news] 03.04.2007 Project Switch Earth Day Network has launched a campaign called "Project Switch" to phase-out the use of inefficient incandescent light bulbs.
Earth Day 2007 will be targeting 500 million people to switch to more energy efficient lighting.
Day Network (EDN) has called on lighting manufacturers and policy
makers to ban the inefficient incandescent light bulb by 2016. EDN is
taking action now as they do not want to wait for legislation to be
passed for the mandatory phasing out of light bulbs.
[news] 03.04.2007 Earth Day 2007 Global warming, climate change and carbon emissions Climate change caused by global warming represents one of the
greatest challenges of the 21st Century. Global warming is the increase
in average temperature of earths near surface air and the oceans over
the last few decades and its projected continuation. Our earth has many
gifts to offer us in the shape of lakes, mountains, forests, rivers and
seas but we make the choice to pollute them, with our industries and
homes using massive amounts of fossil fuels, although our motor vehicle
emissions are most likely the leading cause so we are all to blame not
just large industries.
[news] 03.04.2007 Step It Up 2007 National Day of Climate Action the 14th of April
The Step It Up campaign is a US campaign organised to demand action on climate change.
is part of the Earth Day (April 22nd) campaign, which is celebrated
worldwide. Step It Up takes place on the week before, on the 14th of
April. It organises events in or near meaningful or iconic places that
have already seen the disastrous effects of global warming.
[news] 22.03.2007 World of Water day. In 1992 the United Nations decided to have a day for our planets
water. To save our planets water. This was 15 years ago, and we still
have this day. Why? Have nothing changed? Is this day good for nothing,
or do we really make a change when we celibrate this day? ...moreJonas Aberg;
[news] 20.03.2007 22nd March 2007 World Water Day The 22nd of March is World Water Day. It is day in which we are to
think about a certain issues connected to water, the theme for this
year is: Water Scarcity.
Tune in to Rodon FM 95 on the 22nd of March for more information about World Water Day.
Listen to Jonas's show on Thursday the 22nd 7-9.
For more information visit the official Water Day website: www.unwater.org/wwd07 ...moreStephanie Williams;
[news] 20.03.2007 World Poetry Day 21st March 2007 World poetry day, the 21st of March was declared by UNESCO (the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in
1999. It is a day to promote the reading, writing, publishing and
teaching of poetry throughout the world.
Do not go gentle into that good night By Dylan Thomas.
Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ...morePRAXIS Greece;
[news] 20.03.2007 Lost Languages Extinct Languages are also called a dead language or a dead tongue,
in the last 10,000 years the number of spoken language has shrunk
rapidly from 12,000 to just fewer than 7,000. Language is the result of
the progression of many dialects and languages, some which are still
used and some no longer have native speakers. Languages with no native
speakers, are extinct languages. They may become extinct because they
have been replaced by another language or because they have evolved to
a point where they can be considered a separate language. Some extinct
languages are used in the church, legal professions and the sciences.
[news] 19.03.2007 World Water Day 22nd March 2007 World water day: Water scarcity
When most of us think
about water shortage, if we think about it at all, we think about a
local problem just something that happens for a short part of the year
when the weathers particularly good. We don't regard these as problems
more an inconvenience knowing that it will be handled and resolved by
conservation, investment or other management strategies.
[news] 19.03.2007 World Language Day 2007 What is happening to our worlds languages and what can we do about it?
is estimated by UNESCO that between 6,000 and 7,000 languages are
spoken in the world today and many more have become extinct. It is
estimated that 50% of these languages are at risk of becoming extinct.
[news] 19.03.2007 Anne Frank Exhibition From the 10th to the 18th of February there was an exhibition held
on the life on Anne Frank, which was held in ?????, Serres. The
exhibition focused on the biography of Anne Frank, linking her life
story with the events of the Holocaust and with messages on human
[news] 19.03.2007 Global Warming and World Water Supplies Global warming is an issue that we are all aware of, but do we
really know all the facts? Are we really aware of the possible impact
that our lifestyles are having on the environment? You might say that
you don't care about the effects, as they won't affect you right now or
you might not see any changes in your lifetime. But the effects of
global warming are evident now. ...morePRAXIS Greece;