Our environment, our homes, our countries, our planet are in desperate need of our attention and it all starts at home.  The simplest changes in our daily routines can make such a great difference.

Our Environmental department concerns itself with a variety of environmental issues, and although all of them are important, our main focus for the current period is:

Biodiversity:  Protecting all life forms on our planet and researching new species.  Learning from our planet and its life and also conserving and projecting all elements of biodiversity to ensure sustainability and longevity for all ecosystems and life forms.

Animal and Nature protection and conservation:  Preserving all species and their habitats and monitoring the human impact on these ecosystems.

Climate Change and global warming:  Words we all hear every day but so few understand its real meaning.  A debated topic all over the world but one thing is for sure that it is as a direct result of human activity.  As humans cause the problem it is also humans who can solve the problem.  Through knowledge and understanding we can work together to fight against climate change and global warming.

Global Dimming:  A less known phenomenon but equally important.  Again a phenomenon that is caused by human development and can be solved by human intervention. 

Pollution: As we develop as humans we seem to increase the amount of waste products and this has a detrimental effect on our environment.  Our forests, our roads, our beaches and even our seas and oceans are filled with pollutants, and although we might think they are out of site they come back to haunt us in our foods.  We are not only talking about illegal dumping and chemical dumping, even a plastic bag that finds its way into the oceans and results in the death of a 100 year old turtle is a significant enough piece of pollution we need to take into consideration.   

Habitat Destruction for human development:  As our populations grow we need to expand our cities to allow for more housing for humans, and the cost is the destruction of habitats and ecosystems leading to the extinction of so many species.  We need to learn to coexist with the other species of this planet so that we can survive as well. 

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Where Do I Belong…………………...

A great question. A question that most of us have asked our self’s, our friend everyone.

Do we have an answer though, is it possible?

Well in Romania during the course of this Youth Exchange we tried and we tried hard. For me personally I kind of know how to answer this question to myself now. And for me the answer is ‘’everywhere’’. 

And why is that because in this amazing project I learn some valuable lessons. Lessons about discriminations lessons about stereotypes. I had the chance to be in the shoes of an immigrant trying to find asylum or in the shoes of a nationalist extremist activist, that gave me the ability to understand stuff to see the world through a different eye and to realize that everything is A MATER OF PERSPECTIVE. And that perspective led me to my answer. 

WDIB was an amazing project for me one of the best I attended or probably the best. The OTI team as always was amazing with the workshops and the OTI Romania team was spot on everything through accommodation (on that lovely small and homey hotel with good food) through general organization of the entire project. An amazing team that was always there to support each and every one of us with all our needs. 

I am really grateful I took part to this magnificent project not only because I get to learn all the stuff I did but because I had the chance to mix and meet lots of new people, but I also had the blessing to make new true friends. Friends that I will cherish for the whole of my life .

Until we meet again all 

Antreas Mr.Big Antreou from Cyprus

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