Target: President of Greece Karolos Papoulias
Goal: Do not harm the environment while trying to save the economy
Greece, whose economy is slowly plummeting, has turned to desperate tactics. A new bill is looking to relax retrictions on construction, allowing places such as public and private forest land to be used for projects. These areas are under protection.
Environmental organizations have banded together and issued a statement that such a move would be destructive to the environment and also harmful to the economy and development of the country. Several organizations have signed this statement, some of them include Greenpeace, WWE, Mom and the Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage. The legislation allows for hotels to expand into wooded areas, and tourist locations like golf courses or spas can also expand. WWE claims that the bill is looking to destroy areas that are covered with sparse or low vegetation. The bill is looking to take away about 15 percent of Greece’s protected environment to save the economy. The bill is targeting islands and coastal areas.
Unfortunately Greece has been known to encroach upon the environment. The fact that the nation is willing to sacrifice the environment to save their economy is not new, as many countries do this already when their economies are much stable in comparison. In 2009, a wild fire destroyed a strip of illegal homes that were somehow ‘legally’ constructed before the elected officials took office, and unfortunately they plan to develop the area further. The government is able to cash in on these illegal activities by making the home owners pay a penalty; 500,000 properities have been a part of this scheme.
Greece’s encoachment onto the environment needs to stop. An economy will always spring up, but a healthy and thriving environment can take decades to appear. With the issues of global warming, pollution, and fracking taking center stage, it is imperative that Greece does not harm their environment any further. Sign this petition and tell the president to care about the planet.
Dear President Karolos Papoulias,
I wish to express my concern with your country’s recent bill relaxing restrictions on construction. This bill allows hotels and other tourist locations to expand into the forest and woodland areas of your nation. I believe that nature is a precious resource, one that should not be expended to save the economy. I am asking that you do not relax these restrictions. With the recent and severe issues plaguing our planet, I wish you would take the environment into consideration. It is very likely that the environment and animals we see in this generation will not be here for our children and grandchildren. It is because of massive amounts of pollution, deforestation, the release of greenhouse gasses and a variety of other factors that our planet is in this state.
Please realize that economies — while your situation is very dire — are much more common than our planet. Many scientists regard having life on our planet or any planet is a very sacred, accidental, and spontaneous event. I wish you and your nation will realize this and learn to cherish and care for your environment.
[Your Name Here]
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