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European Citizen's Prize 2022 to the founder of Oxygono, Nicolas Kyriakides

The European Citizen's Prize 2022 for Cyprus was awarded to the founder of Oxygono, Mr. Nicolas Kyriakides, by the European Parliament for the projects Cyprus Forum and Nomoplatform.

In a small ceremony at the EU House in Nicosia, the MEP, Loucas Fourlas, member of the national selection committee presented the prize. The award ceremony took place in the presence of ambassadors of EU countries and officials of the Representation of the European Commission and the European Parliament Office in Cyprus. The official ceremony took place on the 8th of November 2022, at the European Parliament building, in Brussels, together with all the laureates, coming from all the Member States of the Union.  

The European Citizen's Prize was established in 2008 by the European Parliament as a reward for outstanding achievements by citizens, groups, associations or organisations whose actions have shown exceptional commitment to promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration among the citizens of the Member States or to facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation within the EU. 

As Nicolas Kyriakides mentioned, “This award was given to Oxygono and its projects, the Cyprus Forum and Nomoplatform. Therefore, it is also awarded to all the people who have worked and are working on these projects. Oxygono was and will continue to be a revolutionary project, with the ultimate goal of creating a culture of political objectivity and ethics”.

Pictures from the ceremony in Cyprus and at the European Parliament in Brussels: 

Video clip from the ceremony at the European Parliament:

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Just Look Up! Open discussion about Climate

Just Look Up! Open discussion about Climate

 

As part of the information campaign about the European Climate Pact, non-governmental organization Oxygono, as the Country Coordinator for the Pact in Cyprus, will host on 2 August an open discussion on climate change and the actions that can be undertaken through the Count Us In platform.

The discussion will take place at at the open-air Amphitheatre of Eleftheria Square at 20:00 and will be based on the well-known film Don’t Look Up that follows two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.

The film is now streaming on Netflix and those interested can watch it to “prepare” for the discussion. Statements made by the cast and climate experts will be presented during the event to trigger a discussion.

The discussion will be moderated by Vlatka Katusic, one of the Ambassadors of the European Climate Pact, who is a researcher at the Circular Economy Research Center in Paris and Special Researcher in the Circular Economy Sector of the Circular Economy Alliance Limited based in Cyprus.

For more info

Thea Christoforou (Oxygono) t.christoforou@oxygono.org

Kypros Savva (Ampersand) kypros.savva@ampersand.com.cy

Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/3h4eGfU6Z

#MyWorldOurPlanet #EUClimatePact #Cyprus #JustLookUp #GreenDeal #ClimateChange #Oxygono

 

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“Cyprus Forum: Cities 2040” – Coming in April 2023

“Cyprus Forum: Cities 2040” – Coming in April 2023

The President of the Board of Directors of Oxygono, Georgia Athanasiou, in her intervention on the show "Alpha Ενημέρωση", on Tuesday, July 05, 2022, announced the transformation of the 2040 series of discussions into "Cyprus Forum: Cities 2040". 

After 4 years and 14 discussions, the series of discussions 2040, aiming to shape a long-term vision for the four cities of Cyprus, but also the subsequent actions which are required in order to ensure that the ideas of every discussion will become reality and shape the policy, we have decived to focus all of our efforts on a single annual discussion, which will bear the name"Cyprus Forum: Cities 2040"and which will take place for the first time in April 2023.

More information will be announced soon on our website and Oxygono's social media. 

#CyprusForum #Cities2040 #Oxygono

Check the video here: 

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«Γιατί χρειάζεται ο Χωροταξικός Σχεδιασμός σε ένα σύγχρονο ευρωπαϊκό κράτος;»

Την Πέμπτη 19 Μαΐου, πραγματοποιήθηκε το εργαστήρι με θέμα «Γιατί χρειάζεται ο Χωροταξικός Σχεδιασμός σε ένα σύγχρονο Ευρωπαϊκό κράτος;» μετά από πρωτοβουλία της Επιτροπής Ειδικότητας Πολεοδομίας-Χωροταξίας του ΕΤΕΚ και με τη στήριξη του πανεπιστήμιου Frederick.

Βασικός στόχος του εργαστηρίου αποτέλεσε η ανταλλαγή απόψεων και προβληματισμών σε ότι αφορά τη γενική χωροταξική πολιτική που πρέπει να υπάρχει ώστε να ενισχύεται και να ελέγχεται η ανάπτυξη της χώρας μας. Η ανάγκη για ένα καθολικό όραμα και σχεδιασμό επισημάνθηκε από τον πρόεδρο του ΕΤΕΚ ο οποίος σημείωσε πως ο σχεδιασμός χρειάζεται ώστε όλες οι πόλεις να ακολουθούν τις ίδιες ρυθμίσεις και πρακτικές. Κατά τις συζητήσεις, έμφαση δόθηκε στην ανάγκη για καθορισμό μίας καθολικής προσέγγισης που θα λαμβάνει διάφορες παραμέτρους υπόψιν, στην ανάγκη για περιορισμό της διάσπαρτης ανάπτυξης της χώρας ώστε να αντιμετωπιστούν οι διάφορες συγκρούσεις και ασυμβατότητες που αυτό προκαλεί και στην προστασία του περιβάλλοντος που θα πρέπει να τεθεί στον πυρήνα μίας χωροταξικής πολιτικής.

Το Oxygono, αναγνωρίζοντας την ανάγκη για μία αποτελεσματική χωροταξική πολιτική, συμμετείχε στο εργαστήρι με την τοποθέτηση του Δρ. Νικόλα Κυριακίδη, Αντιπρόεδρου του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου του Oxygono. Στην τοποθέτηση του, ο Δρ. Κυριακίδης χαιρέτησε την πρωτοβουλία και την έναρξη της συζήτησης για ενιαία χωροταξική πολιτική και τόνισε πως πρόκειται για ένα ακόμα θέμα το οποίο πρέπει να προχωρήσει ώστε να μπορούμε να γίνουμε «κανονικό κράτος». Αναγνώρισε ότι υπάρχουν πρακτικές δυσκολίες για την εκπόνηση ενός χωροταξικού σχεδίου, όμως ανάφερε  ότι, με πολιτική βούληση και σωστή δημόσια διαβούλευση, μπορούν να λυθούν. Τέλος, είπε πως ένα χωροταξικό σχέδιο θα πρέπει να ανανεώνεται διαρκώς από μία διυπουργική επιτροπή ενώ η διαδικασία αυτή θα πρέπει να ελέγχεται από το Κοινοβούλιο.

To απόσπασμα από την ομιλία του Αντιπροέδρου του ΔΣ του Oxygono, Δρ. Νικόλα Κυριακίδη: 

Μπορείτε να παρακολουθήσετε το Εργαστήρι από την επίσημη ιστοσελίδα του ΕΤΕΚ πατώντας εδώ

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Ideas Labs: Presentation of results at the first Democracry Forum

On Friday, May 6, 2022, the non-governmental organization Oxygono, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Innovation, presented at the first Democracy Forum in Cyprus which was organized by the Office of the Commissioner of The Citizen, Mr. Panagiotis Sentonas, the results from the Ideas Labs for Public Consultations.

The two organizations invite active citizens, who have views and suggestions on the reform of the Public Consultation process, to contact Oxygono and the CSI, for the formation of a working group, which will discuss and gather the proposals and submit them to the Parliament.

Contact details:

Oxygono: contact@oxygono.org

Center for Social Innovation: info@csicy.com

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IDAHOT+ Forum 2022

IDAHOT+ 2022 returns for another year to Cyprus, namely on 12 and 13 May in Limassol to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and to strengthen European cooperation on the equality policies defined by SOGIESC.

With the participation of European decision-makers, activists, as well as civil society organizations, the forum aims to take collective action to strengthen the rights of the LGBT+ community in Europe. A further goal of the event is the need for more awareness and understanding of LGBTI + policies between European Governments, International Government Organizations, International Civil Society Organizations, Businesses, Academics and key stakeholders.

Our organization stands in support of the effort as a supporter of the event in the session titled'The Benefits of LGBTI+ Inclusion in Businesses – D&I as a core element of ESG and CSR investment | Supported by Cyprus Forum’ and is committed to continue the discussion that will be developed in the session at this year's Cyprus Forum to be held on 29 and 30 September.

For more information, visit: https://www.idahot.eu/forum

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Ideas Workshops on Public Consultations

On Friday, April 15, Oxygono co-organized the Ideas Workshops on Public Consultations, which took place under the auspices of the Office for the Citizen's Commissioner Panagiotis Sentonas and within the framework of the Democracy Forum. The event was organized in collaboration with the House of Representatives and the Center for Social Innovation Cyprus.

During the round table discussions, the current situation in Cyprus regarding the way public consultations are conducted were discussed, as well as the reforms that need to be implemented, and the ways in which these reforms can take place. The workshops were attended by MPs, mayors and representatives from various organizations who met the maximum expectations of the day by presenting initiatives, best practices and new approaches in relation to new forms of participation.

Public Consultation is an integral part of democracy and, as an organization, we are pleased to contribute to such a rewarding initiative as a further step towards a more participatory decision-making process.

 

Check the following Media references: 

InBusiness News

Φilenews

Alphanews.live

Cyprus Legal News

Limassol Today

Διάλογος

Politis 107.6 Radio Interview-Podcast 

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Say goodbye to festive waste!

Our top hacks for making the most of leftover food, gifts and decorations

While the festive season is a time for treats, it also generates huge amounts of waste in the form of non-recyclable wrapping paper, plastic decorations and uneaten food. However, with a little prior thought, you can breathe new life into your leftovers. So here are our low-effort holiday hacks to lessen your festive waste!

  1. Make smart, sustainable and seasonal food choices

The first step to reducing food waste is to avoid overbuying, especially for perishable foods like meat and dairy, so think about how many people you’ll be cooking for every day. When shopping for food and drink, make sure that the fruit and vegetables you buy are seasonal and locally sourced. Clementines, apples, pears, cabbage, carrots, leeks and potatoes are all examples of food that is in season right now. You can also limit packaging waste by opting for low-waste shops and bringing your own refillable containers, and make sure you recycle any plastic, glass or paper packaging you are left with.

  1. Less is more

At this time of year, it’s easy to over-indulge. One way to combat this is by letting people serve themselves at the table, which gives them control over how much they take and helps you to avoid the temptation to overfill their plates.

After the feast, pack up any leftovers in glass containers or beeswax cloth and store in the fridge or freezer. You could also incorporate the leftover ingredients into new creative recipes such as turkey curry or Brussels sprout pesto. Keep a note on the outside of the fridge documenting what’s still to finish, so nothing gets forgotten about. Another key tip to avoid food waste is to research food donation schemes near you for anything you can’t manage.

  1. Look beyond tinsel, baubles and candy canes and opt for nature’s decorations

While plastic decorations garnishing your tree or mantlepiece can create a sense of festive ambience, did you know that a sustainable alternative can be found on your doorstep? Whether you’re tidying up the garden or going on a brisk winter’s walk in the countryside, consider foraging for beautiful decorations like pinecones, holly, ivy and mistletoe to bring nature into your home.

You can also make your own decorations, such as used cinnamon sticks, biscuits tied to a tree with ribbon or wine cork garlands. If you have any decorative lights, make sure they use low energy LEDs and don’t forget to turn them off before going to bed.

  1. Wrap and re-wrap

The holidays are a time for giving and receiving, but in addition to sustainable gift ideas, there are ways to be even more green. Although wrapping paper adds a sense of mystery to a gift, all of it ends up in the bin. So why not wrap your gifts in fabric instead? You can repurpose cloth from old scarves, tea towels or other items using a Japanese tradition called ‘furoshiki’.“I collect things all year long – from old bags to used sheets of paper – to wrap presents and make cards,” says Bogomila. “I try to avoid using plastic sticky tape and challenge myself to find ways to wrap without it. You’ll be surprised how creative you can be when you take away something as regularly usedas tape!”

  1. Make New Year’s resolutions through the Climate Pact

New Year, new start – why not continue repurposing your leftovers into 2022? Through the European Climate Pact, you can pledge to make small changes to your routine such as cutting food waste, eating seasonally, or reusing what you already have.

Your pledge will go a long way to help Europe become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, so here’s your chance to make a big difference in 2022!

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Γωνιά μάθησης της ΕΕ

Εργαλειοθήκη της Γωνιάς μάθησης

Καλωσορίσατε στη Γωνιά μάθησης! Η Γωνιά μάθησης προσφέρει μια ολοκληρωμένη πηγή διδακτικού υλικού για την ΕΕ, συμπεριλαμβανομένων βιβλίων δραστηριοτήτων, βίντεο, διαγωνισμών, παιχνιδιών, ειδήσεων και άλλων πολυγλωσσικών υλικών για παιδιά 5-18 ετών, τους εκπαιδευτικούς και τους γονείς τους.

Εκτός από την έμπνευση για τα πλάνα μαθημάτων, μπορείτε επίσης να ανακαλύψετε ευκαιρίες δικτύωσης με άλλα σχολεία και εκπαιδευτικούς σε ολόκληρη την ΕΕ. Το υλικό φιλτράρεται ανά ηλικιακή ομάδα, θέμα και τύπο υλικού, για να σας βοηθήσει να βρείτε το καλύτερο υλικό για κάθε σκοπό.

Όλο το υλικό διατίθεται δωρεάν, είτε απευθείας στη Γωνιά μάθησης είτε ακολουθώντας τον σύνδεσμο προς την Υπηρεσία Εκδόσεων της ΕΕ.

Ανακαλύψτε το εκπαιδευτικό υλικό

 

Η Γωνιά μάθησης είναι το μέρος όπου οι μαθητές μπορούν να διερευνήσουν τι κάνει η ΕΕ, καθώς και πώς θέματα, όπως το κλίμα και το περιβάλλον, ο πολιτισμός και η ιστορία και πολλά άλλα, αφορούν την καθημερινότητά τους. Οι εκπαιδευτικοί θα βρουν οδηγίες για το πώς να προετοιμάσουν ένα συγκεκριμένο θέμα, να εμπλέξουν τους μαθητές σε συζητήσεις και να τους βοηθήσουν να μάθουν περισσότερα.

Ακολουθεί μια επιλογή παιχνιδιών, βίντεο και δημοσιεύσεων για διαφορετικές ηλικιακές ομάδες και θέματα:

Ας εξερευνήσουμε την Ευρώπη

Με αυτό το διαδικτυακό επιτραπέζιο παιχνίδι, μαθητές ηλικίας 9 έως 12 ετών μπορούν να επιλέξουν να είναι ένα ιστορικό πρόσωπο ή ένας αστροναύτης, να ρίξουν ζάρια και να απαντήσουν σε ερωτήσεις σχετικά με τον πολιτισμό, την ιστορία, τον αθλητισμό και τους διάσημους Ευρωπαίους.

Η ΕΕ: Τι ακριβώς είναι;

Αυτό το παιχνίδι απευθύνεται σε μαθητές από 9 έως 12 ετών και τους δίνει τη δυνατότητα να ταξιδέψουν σε διαφορετικές χώρες και να μάθουν τι τις κάνει ξεχωριστές, από τη σημαία τους έως τους πιο διάσημους ανθρώπους τους, τις αθλητικές και πολιτιστικές συνήθειές τους. Διασκεδαστικά γεγονότα κρύβονται σε όλες τις σελίδες – ποιος μπορεί να τα βρει όλα;

Ο πλανήτης μας, το μέλλον μας

Ο ιστότοπος «Ο πλανήτης μας, το μέλλον μας» είναι ένας διαδραστικός ιστότοπος όπου οι μαθητές από 9 έως 15 μπορούν να μάθουν για την επιστήμη της κλιματικής αλλαγής, τι συμβαίνει σε ολόκληρη την ΕΕ και πώς μπορούμε όλοι να βάλουμε τα δυνατά μας για την καταπολέμηση της κλιματικής αλλαγής. Επιπλέον, ο Εκπαιδευτικός κόμβος περιέχει μια επιλογή ασκήσεων στην τάξη και σχετικό υλικό

Κουίζ Η ΕΕ & ΕΓΩ

Αυτό το διαδικτυακό κουίζ δημιουργήθηκε για μαθητές δευτεροβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης μεταξύ 14 και 18 ετών, για να τους βοηθήσει να κατανοήσουν τα βασικά για την ΕΕ. Λειτουργεί σε υπολογιστές, tablet και smartphone και μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί ως μέρος μαθήματος ή ως εργασία για το σπίτι.

Ένα βιβλιαράκι συνοδεύει το κουίζ και δίνει περισσότερες πληροφορίες για το πώς δημιουργήθηκε η ΕΕ, ποιες αξίες μοιραζόμαστε, ποιος κάνει τι στην ΕΕ και πώς όλα αυτά σχετίζονται με την καθημερινή μας ζωή.

Εγγραφείτε στις Ειδήσεις της Γωνιάς μάθησης για να ειδοποιείστε για το πιο πρόσφατο εκπαιδευτικό υλικό και για ειδήσεις που σχετίζονται με την ΕΕ.

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Looking for gift ideas?

Here are 5 low-waste and sustainable suggestions

While gift-giving at this festive time of year is a tradition that dates back centuries, many of the products we give to each other contribute to the waste generated during the holiday period. So how can you find gifts that are thoughtful and personal, while at the same time being good for the environment? Here are our top gift ideas – and spoiler alert: none of them involve buying anything new!

  1. Offer an unforgettable experience – that doesn’t cost the Earth

An experience is the perfect present, but make sure it’s not one that has a negative environmental impact. Check out the recipient’s nearest rural area for guided walks like bird watching, forest bathing or stargazing. Alternatively, offer a Covid-safe indoor experience like tickets to a museum, art gallery, or cinema, or even a voucher – perhaps for a local spa or yoga retreat, an indoor gardening or plant care class, or a restaurant that serves locally-sourced, seasonal dishes.

For a more personal touch, why not offer an ‘I owe you’ note for a home cooked meal or babysitting to allow parents a night off? You could also offer your unique talents – such as baking, crafting or DIY – for a truly memorable experience.

  1. Don’t put a tree in your living room – plant one outside instead

Helping a brand-new forest grow: how about that as a present for your friend or family member? If you like the idea, donate to a tree planting scheme on their behalf – it’s a gift that will last longer than a lifetime! Plus, it will give both you and the recipient the ‘green glow’, or the good feeling of achieving something worthwhile for the planet. Just make sure you research the scheme beforehand to guarantee that it’s beneficial for the local environment.

Trees capture excess carbon in the air, so forests are natural air and water purifiers – in addition to being home to 60% of the world’s plants and animals. The EU aims to plant at least 3 billion trees across Europe by 2030 to help remove CO2 from the atmosphere and protect our wildlife.

So, contribute to the expansion of our forests – and help to green our rural areas, towns and cities – by giving the gift of a tree this year. Check out the EU tree counter now to find new trees near you!

  1. Focus on pre-loved presents

Reusing what we already have is crucial to slowing down our festive consumerism. Did you know that the EU textile supply chain is the ο πέμπτος μεγαλύτερος παράγοντας που συμβάλλει στις εκπομπές αερίων του θερμοκηπίουfifth highest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, after housing, household waste, transport and food? If a garment is used for double the amount of time before it’s thrown away, more than 40% of those emissions can be avoided. And this applies to many other products too – the more we reuse materials, the more we can help fight climate change!

So this year, try regifted or re-used presents. You’ll avoid the carbon footprint of manufacturing and transporting a new item, and save precious raw materials like wood, paper, metals, and oil. Regifted presents can be extremely thoughtful and personal, while being a fraction of the cost of a brand-new item. Second-hand books, clothes, household decorations, electronics, or kitchen items can be found online and in your neighbourhood’s charity shops. The latter will also save you stress with delivery times while supporting local businesses!

What about kids? Re-used toys can make them very happy, and you could even swap toys and children’s clothes with your friends who are parents. Both can also be available via subscription services: a couple of months’ subscription on a clothes package or a voucher at a clothing rental company could be a great gift for an adult too! You can find great examples of such circular business models and gifts on the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.

  1. Breathe new life into worn-out or damaged items

But what if an item is broken and can’t be reused? You could still give something worn-out or damaged a new life. If you have an eye for sewing, look out for second-hand clothes and fabrics you could repurpose into a unique and personal cushion cover, blanket or garment. Or consider offering your talent as a gift, in the form of a self-designed voucher/coupon for fixing up your friend’s favourite item of clothing. Again, it also works for other products – you could offer to pay for repair or maintenance of your friend’s phone, laptop or bicycle, or promise to fix it yourself if you’ve got the skills! There’s even a way to combine repair and buying new by choosing a present that gives waste a second chance. Online platforms offer products born from the concept of scraps reuse, with circular and local networks of producers and artisans joining forces to transform waste into new products. You can save materials from landfill while doing online shopping!

  1. Give the gift of action through a Climate Pact pledge

Add something extra special to your gift – make a Climate Pact Pledge to act for our planet together with your gift recipient. For example, you could pledge to cycle to work together and offer your friend a membership to a city bike scheme; or gift an outing to a vegetarian restaurant combined with you both pledging to eat more plants. You could offer them a repurposed, zero-waste cookbook, and you could both pledge to cut food waste.Why not also consider scouting charity shops for a vintage jumper or cardigan,and give it in addition to you both pledging to turn the heating down by a degree or two? or two?

Once you start to think beyond material presents, there’s an incredible range of original, planet-saving gift ideas you could offer this winter.

 

 

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