Figurettes Beach, Ibiza
Environmental organisations, social media activists, as well as political parties and several public figures have denounced a proposed law that would end free public access to the Greek coastline, remove deterrent provisions to construction, provide an amnesty to those who have built illegally on it and have adverse environmental consequences of a permanent and severe nature.
Proposed by the Minister of Finance Yannis Stournaras as a means to “release the potential for economic development that the coastal areas offer”, the bill, if enacted, will dismantle the existing legal regime that has
(a) helped Greece keep largely free of concrete high-rises that blight coastal regions of other countries and
(b) allowed the public’s free access to all coastal areas.
The bill has raised public attention and strong criticism as it:
- Grants to developers the right to appropriate, build on and even modify the coastline altering a landscape that has remained unchanged for centuries,
- Restricts the public’s longstanding right of free access to the coastline,
- Grants an amnesty to existing structures built in breach of existing legislation,
- Permits seasonal beach establishments (e.g. beach bars, umbrellas and summer beds) to occupy the entire length of beaches,
- Is expected to have a permanent, material and adverse impact on the environment including on the coastal and marine ecosystems.
For more information contact the citizens’ initiative ‘Save The Greek Seashore’ at email@example.com
Sign now and spread the word. Help save what Greece is famous for, unrestricted access to our magnificent shoreline... http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/greek-goverment-stop-proposed-legislation-for-the-greek-shoreline?share_id=odUvOjAfJL&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition
You can also sign the petition at AVAAZ http://secure.avaaz.org/en/
Just say NO!
If you're in Greece, make your opposition known in the public consultation which has been extended to May 13. http://www.opengov.gr/minfin/?p=4692
If you're abroad, email the tourism ministry (firstname.lastname@example.org). Let them know you love Greece BECAUSE of its pristine, accessible beaches and that this bill will HARM, not HELP tourism.
If you speak Greek you may like to watch the video below from Skai TV's Eco News discussing the issue.
Save Greece's shores for her people, for her friends!
For all our sakes!