What are the most important environmental challenges that the society of Eleusis is currently facing? How can community members contribute to addressing them through specific strategies?
The project “Adáma”, whose title is inspired by the Greek word “αντάμα” (together), focuses on developing a sustainable strategy in collaboration with citizens, in order to co-create solutions through participatory cultural initiatives. “Adáma” is implemented in Eleusis by MENTOR, cultural production and management company, within the framework of the EIT Community New European Bauhaus initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
The residents of Eleusis, also European Capital of Culture for 2023, are invited to identify the relevant environmental challenges of their city, jointly inspire possible solutions, through participatory cultural actions and ideation processes to adopt more sustainable practices, and to trigger change through a bottom-up approach. The proposed solutions will be aligned with the values of the New European Bauhaus, a new creative and interdisciplinary initiative of the European Union that links the European Green Deal with our environment and our experiences in it.
The overall objective of the project is to encourage local communities to acknowledge local current conditions and social issues, invest in their diverse cultural values and use them creatively to redefine a healthy and inclusive society and living environment.
The project will utilise tools to enable effective local implementation of the UN SDGs through citizen engagement activities, to maximise synergies that invest to building economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and inclusive cities. Through a process of ‘co-recognition’ of local environmental issues, ‘co-envisioning’ the society of the future and ‘co-designing’ a strategy will be created for community participation, social cohesion and inclusive bottom up approaches.
What are the top environmental challenges Eleusis is facing?
In the framework of the Adama project, MENTOR conducted a survey through questionnaires on the main environmental challenges that the citizens of Eleusis and the wider region are currently facing.
Why are participatory processes important?
Lately, the issue of the quality of current democracy has increasingly been the subject of public debate. Leading thinkers point out that the inability of the political programmes and ideologies to provide sustainable solutions to complex social problems should lead to a radical modification of their operating model.
The World Café as a method of public discourse and participation
The third phase of the project was completed with an open dialogue on the serious environmental challenges which the city of Eleusis endures.
Citizens’ views on local environmental challenges
In the open discussions that took place within the framework of the project “Adáma”, which has been implemented in Eleusis the participants had the opportunity to publicly express their thoughts on living in a city that faces extreme environmental challenges.