By turning the schools into examples of environmentally friendly practices, we aim to educate and inspire the community and its future leaders.
The “greening” of local schools will begin this year with the creation of botanic gardens in selected islands, starting with Kimolos, while the activity is part of a long-term CPF plan which involve various additional activities under the umbrella “greening schools” such as: clean up and adopting beaches by local schools, plastic bottle recycling, energy efficiency-solar panels, etc
The project in Kimolos will be carried out with the cooperation of the NGO “GONIMI AGONI GRAMMI” who conducts educational projects in areas that children do not have access to the cultural and educational opportunities of the cities.
We are also pleased to announce the support of the awarded Rehabilitation Department of IMERYS which is recognized as a “center of expertise” in biodiversity management by the Cyclades Forest Authorities, Milos/neighboring islands’ Municipalities, the scientific community and peer companies. The Department will freely providesknow-how, specialized equipment and local plants for our school botanic gardens!
Why we chose botanic gardens
In the nature of the Cyclades, plants stand out! Many of these are rare, others unique and endemic, others have healing effects and others are a key ingredient of local gastronomy. Their preservation is a priority for both the preservation of the rare nature and the local prosperity due to the impact that they have on the local economy (eco-tourism, gastronomy etc). In addition, the concept of a natural “garden” and its spreading is of great importance for the prevention of risks such as soil erosion, which is a great problem today in the Cyclades islands. In this context, this program will be implemented to raise children’s awareness of local flora and its value on multiple levels. CPF has already supported the creation of a botanic garden in Paros Environmental Park.
According to our plan, we will create small botanic gardens, including vertical gardens, in some schoolyards with only native plants (mainly herbs and native trees) that will be preserved with the support of kids, parents, teachers and other local associations and demonstrated as an effort to showcase the local ecosystem as something we need to protect and preserve. Ideally we will also try to build stone walls around them, as part of the cultural tradition, that will also benefit the plants and the biodiversity around them. There will be also seminars /environmental education programs about the added value of the native plants, their role in the ecosystem and how to preserve them. We may also offer to kids some seeds to plant their own gardens.
Help us green more Cycladic islands by purchasing the unique floral WATERbag (We Are The EnviRonment), specially designed for supporting this project!