The mayor of Athens demanded that the “green” ring return to the center of Athens Costas Bakogiannis, speaking today at the 19th Annual Corporate Responsibility Conference of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce entitled: “Citizen Sustain: Building a Better Urban Future”“It is not possible at this time not to have a ‘green’ ring in the city. Not only because we have a lot of increased traffic that we all face in our daily lives, but also because the ring that started in the 1980s, appeared a Greek innovation, which was adopted by many cities worldwide. Why; “Because it” worked “”, said Mr. Bakoyannis during the discussion, in the context of the Conference.
The mayor of Athens also emphasized the issue of sustainable mobility, emphasizing that “Now is the time to see our city change”The Reporter, on the issue of the climate crisis, which occurs mainly in urban centers, pointed out that Athens has lost 2/5 of its permanent residents in the last 20 years, a risk that may become even greater in the next 20-30 years, if the situation remains lifeless. “We say we can act. Let’s start working from the bottom up, neighborhood – neighborhood. Athens has 129 neighborhoods“It may be a modern, dynamic big city, but its” heart “beats in its neighborhoods”, he stressed and mentioned some targeted actions of the Municipality of Athens in the face of the climate crisis.
“The Omonia fountain, for example, has dropped the temperature by 3 degrees in the microclimate of the area. Each of the 33 fountains we have restored has a microclimate. We have the pocket parks: We have completed 6, we will reach 10 by the end of the year. “With each” pocket “park, a city may not change, but a neighborhood changes”, Mr. Bakoyannis underlined, referring to the larger projects that are gradually being implemented, such as the National Garden, Lycabettus Hill, Strefi Hill and the Academy. Plato. As he said, a systematic work is being done to restore the greenery by quadrupling the budget in this area. “It simply came to our notice then we need precious squares of public spaceAthens currently holds three records: It has the fewest green spaces per inhabitant, it has the largest houses in square meters per inhabitant and it has the most asphalt per inhabitant. Legally, then, this leads us to the conclusion that we must repeat the city, not around the car as in the 21st century, but around man in the 21st century. “And this is something that needs general decisions, which can be difficult, they can create unrest, but they are decisions that will be for the future and not for the past,” he said with emphasis. Mr. Bakoyannis also referred to the permanent interventions of Megalo Peripatos, emphasizing that the pilot operation of the project has led to many conclusions, as according to the NTUA, the pollutants on Panepistimiou Street have been reduced by 27%. “Currently our study predicts more centers at the university. Also, 28 centers will be planted in SyntagmaThese come in addition to the 1500, which we have already planted throughout the city and all that continues to be planted in the coming years. […] We continue based on our design. It is a work that has been discussed as much as anyone, but has been studied as much as anyone. The result is that we feel very confident about the final result, which I believe will justify, not us, justify the city. “
Finally, when asked about the financing of the interventions, he stated that this is done with national and European resources, but also with combined financial tools. “The big issue is the leverage of resources. And here the cooperation of the public and private sector is the “key”. For many years there was an opinion in our country, which let me say was ideological. And now it is deeply anachronistic: He saw the public and the private as something competitive, as enemies. Well, it’s not like that. The future is conciliation. And this is already being done in the Municipality of Athens “, concluded Mr. Bakogiannis.
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