Professor Yannis Phillis Technical University of Crete, a specialist in Environmental Studies

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 15:15 to Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 15:15

"Biodiversity: The Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna in Crete." "Changing Climate: The Greek Experience." 1. BIODIVERSITY – THE PARK FOR THE PRESERVATION OF FLORA AND FAUNA IN CRETE Man is nowadays causing a large number of species extinctions. Species provide us with food, clothing, cover, medicines, materials, climatic stability, a stable atmospheric composition, and esthetic pleasure. Biodiversity in Greece is suffering from illegal building in protected areas, forest destruction, uncontrolled hunting, lack of law enforcement, and indifference, ignorance, and corruption by public officials. The speaker has created an 80-acre park in Crete for the sake of the preservation of flora and fauna, which currently is visited by thousands of people annually. Such initiatives among others are needed to preserve the endangered biodiversity of Greece. 2. CHANGING CLIMATE – THE GREEK EXPERIENCE We use energy all the time, mainly from nonrenewable sources (oil, natural gas, coal) for transportation, household functions, industrial/agricultural production, food production, recreation, tourism etc. A major byproduct of these processes is CO2 which contributes to global warming. Greece lags behind other European countries in renewable energy generation, forest protection, energy-efficient house building and enforcement of energy-saving policies. Actions are described that, when taken individually and collectively, will contribute towards stabilizing the earth’s climate. This event was sponsored by the Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.