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Toward a Greener Attica

Preserving the Planet and Protecting its People



The Saronic Islands, Greece


This documentary features the Green Attica Symposium organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate from June 5-8, 2018. This international symposium convened theologians and scientists, political and business leaders, as well as activists and journalists from all over the world. Participants explored the pressing environmental problems of the region and its islands, examining the connections between ecology and economy, particularly in the context of pressing social and environmental challenges.

Full length videos of each speaker are provided below.


Jane Goodall (The Jane Goodall Institute)


SESSION I: OPENING (Acropolis Museum)

Opening Remarks

Dimitrios Pandermalis (President, Acropolis Museum)

Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis (Symposium Chairman)

Ioannis Amanatidis (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece)

Giorgos Stathakis (Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece)

Patricia Espinosa (Executive Secretary, UNFCCC)

Bishop Symeon of Thespiae

Message of Pope Francis (Read by Cardinal Peter Turkson)

The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Holtam (Bishop of Salisbury, Church of England)

Fahad Abualnasr (Director General, KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Keynote Address

SESSION II: Setting the Scene: Religion, Science, and Environment

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact)

Christos Zerefos (Academy of Athens)

Patricia Espinosa (UNFCCC)

Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post)

Raj Patel (Author and activist)

Sophie Kivlehan (Our Children's Trust)

Session 2 Discussion

SESSION III: Global Trends: Economy, Ethics, and Spirituality

Jeffrey Sachs (Earth Institute, Columbia University)

Phoebe Koundouri (Athens University of Economics and Business)

Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians)

Evangelos Raftopoulos (Panteion University)

Metropolitan John of Pergamon (Ecumenical Patriarchate)

Elizabeth Theokritoff (Author and researcher: Cambridge)

Session 3 Discussion

SESSION IV: Local Impacts: War and Migration, Refugees and Poverty

Philippe Leclerc (UN High Commission for Refugees)

Mohammed Abu-Nimer (KAICIID)

Vandana Shiva (Activist and scientist)

Constantine Triantafillou (IOCC)

Metropolitan Gabriel (Apostoli, Church of Greece)

Mohammad Vahedi (SOS Children's Villages, Greece)

Session 4 Discussion

SESSION V: Mapping the Future: Leadership and Transformation

John Cardinal Olorunfemi Onaiyekan (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja)

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp (Charter for Compassion)

Pratap Chatterjee (CorpWatch)

Sophia Kalantzakos (New York University)

Christiana Figueres (Mission 2020)

Alexandra Mitsotaki (World Human Forum)

Session 5 Discussion

Closing Remarks

Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew