Konstantinos Machairas, Organization Earth leaders stamp

Organization Earth, is a greek non-profit NGO with a mission to develop the concept of environmental & social intelligence, by providing experiential, non-formal education for sustainable development for all ages.

Transcript

The creation of Organization Earth have resulted from a discussion of our restless fellow citizens. Concern about the social and environmental issues, which today are intertwined. A discussion also related to the assumption that the concept of saving the planet probably involves the problem itself, which as humanity has forgotten that we are part of it and not something different from it. So, in 2010 we established Organization Earth in an attempt to offer experiential education, especially to citizens, realizing that the biggest issues emerge from the way we have chosen to live in large urban centers.

The main actions of Organization Earth consist of three initiatives. First of all, “The Center of the Earth”, here in Ilion, next to the Tritzi Park. “The Center of the Earth” started its operation in 2012, as a standard center of environmental education for the young and the elderly. Its main goal is to welcome students and schools on a daily basis so that we can bring as many children as possible into contact with nature.

As a second initiative of the Organization Earth, we must mention Aephoria. A business education program that emphasizes in the sustainability, societal and environmental impact of economic activities.

Our third and most recent initiative is the Earth refugee program. It has emerged from the need as a society to tackle the recent migratory flows in our country but also in Europe, and we offer recreational, educational, pedagogic and sports programs in an attempt to achieve a smooth integration and a harmonious coexistence.

Concerning the support and where it comes from for the implementation of the programs we rely on donations, on partnerships with foundations and other organizations.

Because we act as a nonprofit organization, my first reaction would be to answer that the financial contribution is very important.

However, what we have seen in practice is the most important, the voluntary participation of the world and it is something we have achieved.

For example, in the past year, we managed to work with over 500 volunteers, and even more striking in our opinion is that these 500 volunteers were from 42 different countries.

The global goals of sustainable development, as presented by the United Nations at the end of 2015, is perhaps the most promising, the most ambitious common framework for all mankind.

As Organization Earth we are trying to contribute to their dissemination in Greece.

And to ensure it, we are trying to help the creation of a prosperous Greek society based on an economy that has finally accepted that the planet’s natural resources are not inexhaustible, and that respect and the right use of the country’s greatest wealth, biodiversity will not only create a new growth but a better and lasting tomorrow for all.

My name is Konstantinos Machairas. I am the director of Organization Earth and today we are in the “center of the earth”.

Credits

  • Direction/Post Production: Panos Tsirozidis
  • Camera: Dimitris Zografakis
  • Production Co-ordination and Interview: DigitalWise – Niki Oikonomopoulou
  • Texts & subtitles: Niki Oikonomopoulou
  • Project Manager: Kyriaki Kostolidou