Lesvos is an island in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast that, like the entire region, is particularly hard hit by the effects of climate change.
Clean drinking water is becoming less available, summers are getting hotter and drier, and ecosystems on and around the island are suffering from the endless amounts of waste.
According to a 2020 report by WWF Greece, about 81.9% of municipal solid waste in Greece goes to landfill.
This also includes plastic waste that is not collected separately, but disposed of together with municipal waste in the residual waste bin.
A significant proportion of the landfills are operated illegally and do not meet the necessary requirements, which is why the EU imposed a fine of 10 million euros on Greece in 2014.
Research by the Archipelagos Institute, which has taken more than 1,000 samples from different coasts of the Greek islands over 4 years, shows that due to Greece’s poor waste management, there is not a stretch of beach or cubic meter of sea water in the region that is not polluted with plastic.
So it’s high time to do something about it!
With our work we try to make a contribution to a cleaner environment – not only on Lesvos.
All our activities – especially our project „Green Mythilini“ consider the topic in different ways.