Parallel House of Representatives
The operation of the Parallel Parliament for the Environment, Ecology-Sustainability and Health is particularly important in the global effort to address vital environmental issues for humans such as climate change, air and water quality, waste management, the use of chemical products and other energy sources and their effects on public health.
By participating in Parallel Parliament, Together Cyprus also participates in the following committees in order to contribute to political and legal reforms at the local level:
- Committee on Climate Change.
- Committee on Air and Water Quality in Cyprus.
- Waste Management Committee.
- Committee on Public Health.
OPA GOPA – Eco Beach Ashtrays
Βetween 2017-2018,, we tried to keep the busy beaches of our island clean, offering thousands of ecological ashtrays in restaurants and bars along the coastline of Cyprus. This action was aimed at reducing marine pollution since a cigarette takes 5 years to decompose in seawater while its butts cause poisoning and death to marine fauna.
In cooperation with:
- Electricity Authority of Cyprus (AHK)
- Commissioner for the Environment
- Advice Ltd
Composting in schools
Between September 2016 and June 2018, our Organization in collaboration with the Office of the Environment Commissioner and the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute ran a series of presentations and workshops in educational institutions on the subject of composting. More than 35,000 children and 3,000 educators have been trained in the benefits of composting and a total of 200 composters have been donated to schools with the contribution of Lordos United Plastics Ltd.
Ecological Hospital Renovation
In March 2017 we helped renovate the orthopaedic ward of Paphos General Hospital by offering volunteer work. Forty volunteers painted the walls of the wing with ecological paints while helping to install recycling bins in the hospital.
The hospital renovation has been done in partnership with the Commisioner of the Environment and the help of:
- Hellenic Tzilalis – Cyprus,
- Aristo Developers
- Athinodorou & Poullas Super Beton Ltd
- Chemopel Paints,
- “ΡΕΤΟ” Rehab Centre
The First Green Marathon
In 2018, our Let’s Do It! Cyprus team got together with Greennovation to undertake the collection and distribution of recyclable materials used during and after the first Cyprus Green Marathon.
About 5 tonnes of rubbish were collected, more than half of which was given to GreenDot (Cyprus) Public Co Ltd for recycling.
Seeds of Hope – Write and Plant
In May 2021, we piloted the “Seeds of Hope-Write and Plant” program, donating 1,500 sprout pencils to 20 schools all over Cyprus that fall under the DRA.SE zones. The primary goal has been to create a school garden and raise children’s awareness of modern plant species through activities with a practical/experiential reflection and in an environment where they will have the joy of creating and shaping it.
To date, over 3,000 sprout pencils have been donated to 50+ schools across the island. The pencils contain 7 different “Mediterranean” seeds such as basil, mint, cherry tomatoes, aubergine, carrot, lavender and sunflower. Along with the operation of vegetable gardens, children are also properly educated about the necessity of recycling and sustainability due to climate change.
The program is supported by the Office of the Commissioner for the Environment and the Cyprus Youth Organization.
Back to school – The change is you
In October 2022, we launched the program “Back to school – The change is you” with the aim of informing students in remote schools in Cyprus about the effects of climate change and the importance of adopting alternative ways in the context of a sustainable and green way of life.
In cooperation with the Office of the Commissioner for the Environment and the support of ExxonMobil, our organization distributed 300 reusable water bottles and 300 seed pencils to two primary schools in the area of Famagusta.
The program includes school lectures regarding the environment and the reduction of plastic pollution and the participation of all students in their own clean-ups.