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Toward a Greener Attica, Preserving the Planet and Protecting it’s People

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On June 5-8, 2018 the Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew, convened an international symposium of theologians, scientists, political and business leaders, as well as activists and journalists to explore the pressing environmental problems facing our world and the connections between climate change, war, poverty, and refugees. I was invited to join in this gathering by the Ecumenical Patriarch.

Here is the link to a short documentary of the Green Attica Symposium, which met in Athens, as well as on the islands of Spetses and Hydra. The video may be accessed at www.patriarchate.org/events/greenattica. On the same page you will find full-length videos of each session and individual presentation, as well as brief messages from friends throughout the world.

A partial list of speakers includes Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Bill Mckibben, Jane Goodall, Jan Lubchenco, Olav Fykse Tweit, John Chryssavgis, Patricia Espinosa, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Christos Zerefos, Raj Patel, Jeffrey Sachs, Maude Barlow, Sophie Kivlehan, Metropolitan John of Pergamon, Elizabeth Theokristoff, Phillippe Leclere, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Vandana Shiva, John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp.