How can we make Heraklion a better city to live in?
Warmer summers, drier winters, water scarcity, land degradation, problematic behaviours. Climate Change is knocking on our doors. Are we ready to open up and face it?Read more
Heraklion is the capital of the island of Crete, southern Europe. Its location in the Mediterranean basin has granted the island with an ideal environment for agricultural production, healthy communities, commerce, and the growth of significant civilizations, such as the Minoan.
Heraklion has always had food sufficiency, high quality production of basic products (like olive oil, grains, fruit and vegetables) the water was free and abundant through the city fountains (e.g. morosini fountain) and the climate ideal for living and growing a strong community and cultural life.
This has been the case for hundreds of years.
Today for the first time we risk losing what we took for granted. Climate change means warmer summers and drier winters, so we might not be able to cultivate productive vineyards and olive groves anymore. Water scarcity threatens agriculture and our quality of life significantly. Extreme weather means higher risk of fires, floods, destruction of agricultural production. Extensive use of cars for transportation and ineffective waste management makes city life more hectic.
"Flexible" or insufficient policies, together with the lack of environmental education for a large part of the Cretan population (especially evident in older generations) further adds to the problem.
It is time to wake up and face these challenges to protect the place we live in and love!