Green Project Australia 2018
Press release 31.07.2018
Green Project Australia 2018
Platypus trail: Renewables, UNESCO Biospheres and Aborigines
Κυριακή 5 Αυγούστου 2018, ώρα 18:00, Ελληνικό Κέντρο Σύγχρονου Πολιτισμού, Μελβούρνη
With the warm wishes and the kind farewell of H.E. Ms Kate Logan, the Ambassador of Australia in Greece, the non-profit organisation Green Project (GP www.green-project.org) commences the journey: “Green Project Australia 2018 - Platypus trail: Renewables, Biospheres and Aborigines”.
Celebrating the “European Year of Cultural Heritage” (EYCH 2018), from 4 August to 2 September 2018, GP has the goal to make the past meet the future and raise public awareness about the importance of combining the Renewable energy technology innovation with the UNESCO Biosphere reserves programme and the traditional environmental knowledge of Australian Aborigines. The Australian best practices could become a valuable source of experiential information that provide important insights for international funds to invest in clean energy in Australia, and for Greek experts to plan an effective strategy to develop Renewables in Greece, as well as to prevent environmental disasters like the wildfires which devastated Attica, recently.
In 29 days, the Green Project 15 member strong delegation will embark on the 11.210 kms “green photo journey” using motorhomes with solar panels, passing through Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Broome and Perth. The crew team is going to visit and record 56 “green points of interest”. An excellent match has been achieved as the team will consist of: Dr Yannis Tzortzis, Attorney at Law at the Supreme Court, Regulatory Authority for Energy, Greece, Member of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and Film Director, Dr Theo Anagnostopoulos, Communication Expert and documentary’s presenter, Dr Aggelos Katsaggelos, Professor of Electrical Engineering και Computer Science, Northwestern University of Chicago, Μaria Vranopoulou, Historian, Cultural Anthropologist and Script Writer, Jason Tavlas, Journalist, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), Sound Technician, first Cameraman, Alekos Markellos, Journalist, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) Correspondent in Australia, Film Producer, Emma Papaemmanouel, Journalist, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) Correspondent in Australia, Dimitris Paterakis, Civil Engineer, Photographer, second Cameraman, Kostis Vardas, Education Expert, Photographer, third Cameraman, Katerina Charterou, Pharmaceutical Marketing, Sandy Vergitsi, Traditional Medicine Expert, Valeria Kaltezioti, Molecular Biologist, Kassiani Kaltezioti, Interior Designer, Vassiliki Kassoumi, Medical Scientist, and Yannis Anastasopoulos, Food Entrepreneur.
During the above ceremonial kick-off event, at the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture Greece, there is going to take place the opening of the environmental photo exhibition “Sailing to inner habitats” with pictures from remote marine ecosystems of the Ionian Sea, which has been chosen for the Athens Photo Festival 2018.The photographers who participate are: Katerina Charterou, Valeria Kaltezioti, Danae Stavros, Stephanos Stavros, Dr Yannis Tzortzis, Sandy Vergitsi and Nikolas Zacharopoulos. The exhibition curator is Dr Yannis Tzortzis. Further to this, the Green Project’s documentary film "SUDAMERICA: The colors of life – A Green Project Journey" by the director Dimitra Zirou, will be presented.
The Hellenic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy, the City of Athens, the Australian Embassy in Greece, the Greek Community of Melbourne (the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture), the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad (kind support), the Goulandris Natural History Museum, Athens, the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, Athens, the Centre of Renewable Energy Sources, Athens, the Hellenic Wind Energy Association, the Hellenic Centre of Photography, Athens, andthe Hellenic Alumni Association of the LSE, have placed this project under their auspices, exactly because they strongly believe that it is a very important public diplomacy event, which promotes the development of effective capacity building measures for the understanding and implementation of the World Heritage Convention and related instruments.
The kind sponsors include NIKON Damkalidis SA, Athens, FUJIFILM Doha Qatar, RentPhotoVideo, Athens, and ARGO Fishop, Melbourne. Moreover, the television & radio Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT, ERT World, First Radio Programme and Voice of Greece), as well as the prestigious Neos Kosmos, Melbourne, Naftemporiki, Athens, Aephoria and Elculture newspapers & websites are the main communication sponsors, which will ensure that the project will have the widest possible publicity and dissemination impact, both in Greece and Australia.
The Green Project was established in 2008 by a voluntary initiative of active citizens, scientists and artists, inspired by UNESCO’s “World Solar Programme 1996-2005”. The Green Project has a unique and extensive experience in the implementation of the “green photo journeys” under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO. It seeks to raise social awareness through environmental photography and film that could stand out through its authenticity, being a photo-art vehicle of Greek cultural and energy diplomacy. The Green Project has already conducted four road trips, to explore and record important aspects of the human journey: a) in Asia (2008) from Athens to Beijing, from the silk roads to the energy routes, b) in Africa (2010) from Athens to Cape Town, through the waterways of energy, c) in Europe (2012) from Athens to North Cape, along the north – south energy interconnections, d) in South America (2014) from Bogota to the Land of Fire, from geodiversity to biodiversity, and e) in the Ionian Sea (2017) a green photo cruise to unexplored marine ecosystems. In recognition of the above, the Green Project has been presented as “Best Practice” by the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO in the Annual Report of National Commissions of 2014. Additionally, the Green Project has been awarded the "First Award 2014" of the "International Photo Competition" of the "Energy Community", Vienna, Austria, the “First International Participation Award” of the “Festival de l’ Image Environnementale 2010” in Paris, France and the “Third Award for the Clean Development Mechanism” at the “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010” in Cancun, Mexico. Its documentary film “SUDAMERICA: The colors of life” has been widely acclaimed at the “4th Athens Documentary Film Festival 2018”, which has been co-organised by the “Greek Documentary Association"and the “Thessaloniki Documentary Festival”.
Information: Dr Yannis Tzortzis
President, Green Project
Attorney at Law at the Supreme Court, Regulatory Authority for Energy, Greece
Member, Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain