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12 December 2017
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The HELMEPA - Lloyd’s Register Foundation Campaign in Sparta comes to a close

The activities of the “Educational Community and Public Awareness Campaign on the Marine Environment, Shipping and Sciences” were successfully concluded at Sparta. This Campaign, supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation* (LRF), is carried out in 14 cities of Greece between 2014 and 2017.

The Campaign in Sparta was placed under the auspices of the Regional Authority of Lakonia/Region of Peloponnese and the environmental Exhibition was hosted at their headquarters in Sparta, from 25 April until 9 May. The latter was visited in total by 876 students and 69 teachers of 12 Primary and 4 High Schools from Sparta and the wider region of Lakonia.

According to preliminary results of the survey conducted by HELMEPA in each region concerning environmental awareness, the students of Sparta are environmentally aware to a great extent, participate in environmental activities and 93% of them take part in the Municipal recycling program. An encouraging fact is that 9 out of 10 high school students consider environmental protection as their own duty and not only of the State and Local Authorities. 1 outof 2 high school students were impressed by the thematic section of the Exhibition titled “The Marine World”, where HELMEPA’s scientific staff presents the importance of the sea for humans and for the preservation of life on Earth, while 58% of elementary schoolchildren stated an interest in pursuing in the future a sea-related career. Finally, the main environmental issues of concern for the students were marine litter pollution, the many years-long it takes for trash to decompose in the environment and the killing or entrapment of animals in trash, as well as the reduction of the fish stocks.

HELMEPA thanks to the Regional Authority of Lakonia, not only for hosting the Exhibition but also for its assistance in implementing the Campaign, the Education Directorates of Lakonia for their contribution in the scheduling of activities, as well as the schoolchildren and teachers who “embraced” the Campaign’s messages for a cleaner marine environment.The Campaign came to a close with the voluntary cleanup on the banks of River Evrotas by 45 students of the 9th Primary School of Sparta and their teachers. Besides gathering enthusiastically the trash they found, the young volunteers also acted as ‘young scientists’ by recording the litter items in special data sheets provided by HELMEPA, thus contributing to the scientific monitoring of marine litter.

* Note to the Editors:
Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.
http://www.lrfoundation.org.uk/


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