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Summary of events run at ESA

Be Brave for a Greener Greece
22 - 26 September 2021

ESA welcomes:  YOUNG GREENS of Greece
"Be Brave for a Greener Greece" Summer Camp hosted by The Federation of Young European Greens at ESA. Organised by Andreas Karadakis. A wonderful agenda for young people who want to be part of a unique international project and help build a better Europe.

Training topics include, social rights, collective decision making and green economy.
How to use online and offline tools for engaging active participation of young people in civil society.
Developing organisational and leadership skills for engaging community action.
Understanding wider issues of diversity and inclusion and the reality of feminism.

SummerCamp DAY 4. Learning a lot and having fun too at European Sustainability Academy - Crete.
Thank you Eleni and Στης Ελεωνόρας / Stis Eleonoras for the fantastic catering.
And, of course, the beautiful visit from K. Marika Bolaraki (91 years young), bringing flowers from her garden, was treasured by all of us.


4 trailers of garbage collected from the beautiful Koutalas spot Kokino Chorio, Apokoronas
WELL DONE to the participants NeoiPrasinoi SummerCamp for taking action. NOW. We need to change behaviour and STOP people from dumping in and destroying the beautiful Natural Environment of Crete. BeBraveGreenGreece.

SummerCamp Day 5. A WONDERFUL FINAL DAY: Learning about the natural environment IN the natural environment. From the morning energizer, the training sessions, to the end of programme closing party with delicious Dourakis Winery Cassiopeia Cretan Sparkling wine, AMAZING fully vegetarian dinner at To steki tou Leonida in Drapanos, and the final surprise for everyone, watching the planets in a perfectly clear night sky with our 'always fantastic' ESA_Crete resident astronomer Christos Sotiropoulos.
THANK YOU to everyone in Drapanos who helped us to create the perfect setting for Neoi Prasinoi Summer Camp 2021 and THANK YOU Andreas Karadakis for choosing European Sustainability Academy - Crete. It's been a pleasure.

Joint Animal Welfare Society
Sunday, 12th September 2021

ESA hosts Tea Party with Joint Animal Welfare Society - JAWS for PAWS.

A HUGE shout out to the Joint Animal Welfare Society - JAWS for PAWS organisers and the helpers who pulled off a FANTASTIC event at ESA. Everything was wonderful... the sandwiches, the cakes, the wine, the service, the presentation, the singing from Prue and an all round fabulous feeling of being part of humanity again! An EXCELLENT fundraising achievement of €2000 for The Souda Shelter Project and Cretan Animal Protection. Both very hardworking and deserving organisations.
THANK YOU to all of the guests who reached deep into their pockets to donate so generously.



SEC Showcase of Toolkit for Young Entrepreneurs
Saturday, 21 November 2020 11:00
Thursday, 26 November 2020 20:00

How to make young people aware of entrepreneurial opportunities.

Have you considered educating young people about entrepreneurship? To help you, we have designed a ready-to-use toolbox!

This event is a demonstration of new tools for raising awareness of young people about the potential of youth entrepreneurship. Presentation of new youth entrepreneurship awareness tools developed by a European team from the Erasmus + project (France, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland).

Here is a video of the event:


Making Sense of Climate Change on Crete - Taking Action
Saturday, 17th October 2020

See The TEDx Countdown videos:


TEDxEuropeanSustainabilityAcademy – a LIVE online event.
Saturday, 17th October, 1300 – 1730, one of 500 events in 19 countries to launch TED Countdown, to share ideas and showcase solutions, technologies and actions for addressing the global climate change emergency.
The event aim is to share the voices of the people of Crete, with knowledge and experience from other islands to create a blue- print for climate change action and engage all leading stakeholders on Crete.
Language will be Greek and English
Event hosted from the off-grid, PV powered, natural materials, biophilia designed building, European Sustainability Academy (ESA)in Drapanos, Apokoronas, Crete.

TEDxEuropeanSustainabilityAcademy - μια ζωντανή διαδικτυακή εκδήλωση.
Σάββατο, 17 Οκτωβρίου 13.00 - 17.30, μία από τις 500 εκδηλώσεις σε 19 χώρες για την έναρξη του TED Countdown, για την ανταλλαγή ιδεών και την παρουσίαση λύσεων, τεχνολογιών και δράσεων για την αντιμετώπιση του παγκόσμιου κινδύνου της κλιματικής αλλαγής.
Στόχος της εκδήλωσης είναι να μοιραστούν οι φωνές του λαού της Κρήτης, με γνώση και εμπειρία από άλλα νησιά για να δημιουργήσουν ένα αποτύπωμα για την αλλαγή του κλίματος και να προσελκύσουν όλους τους κορυφαίους ενδιαφερόμενους στην Κρήτη.
Η γλώσσα θα είναι ελληνική και αγγλική
Εκδήλωση που διοργανώθηκε από εκτός δικτύου, φωτοβολταϊκο με φυσικά υλικά, κτίριο σχεδιασμένο με βιοφιλία, Ευρωπαϊκή Ακαδημία Αειφορίας (ESA) στον Δράπανο, στον Αποκόρωνα, Κρήτης.

Schedule · Saturday, 17 October 2020




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