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Broadcasting date: 18-9-2006
Title : DYING IN PTOLEMAIDA, DYING AS A COUNTRY (Re)
Subject : HEALTH - ENVIRONMENT - NUTRITION

Greece is the most wasteful country in terms of energy in the European Union. Even though it is gifted with plenty of sun, wind and rich geothermal power, it finds itself in the last place regarding the use of alternative types of energy: countries like Germany and Austria use solar power much more than Greece does, whereas a solar-powered village already exists in London.

 

The ultimate fact is the big scandal of the 2004 Olympic Games, which had been advertised as the Green Olympics: the Olympic village didn’t even have solar water-heaters!! As it is revealed in the program, the air-conditioning companies knew beforehand that they would undertake the energy projects. At the same time, people in charge claimed: "workers are going to live there anyway, why should we care?"...

 

Two of the electricity factories in the area of Ptolemaida are amongst the thirty most polluting industries in Europe. At the same time, the toll on the health of the residents of the area is clearly visible: children are born with health problems, while young people die of cancer. Reportage Without Frontiers’ camera has recorded shocking images from the “power Dachau” that operates in our country, without our knowledge...

 

At the same time, the average life expectancy rate of the residents of Athens and Thessalonica is reduced because of the atmosphere pollution. A research of the University of Thessalonica is revealing about the effects of the polluted environment on health: while in the rich area of east Thessalonica rates of cancer and deaths caused by strokes or heart attacks remain at the 1960’s levels, the industrial west side of the city is decimated by deadly diseases...

 

Greece was a pioneer in the use of alternative types of energy: in 1983, the world’s first wind-park was built on the island of Kythnos, in combination with an advanced system of solar-power use. But in the years that went by, the lack of political will, bureaucracy and corruption turned the country into the backmost follower of development. It is now clear that Greece will not be able to fulfill the goals of the Kyoto protocol regarding the restriction of carbon dioxide emissions and the expansion of renewable types of energy. Greek enterprises will be forced to pay the vindictive damages, the weight of which will then be put upon consumers.

 

 

 

 

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