Green Activities 2012
Environmental activities have always been a part of Creta Maris. Since the implementation of our new philosophy «Green Cretan All Inclusive», as well as the certification of GREEN KEY 2012, the creation and implementation of environmental actions is even more imperative. These actions are implemented during the months of operation involving staff and guests, as well as community members.
The ideas and the dates of our Green Activities for the season 2012 are as follows.
1. May 16th - Clean the Beach
Maris Green Team in this Environmental Action cleaned the beach starting from the resort to the church of Agia Paraskevi, in Hersonissos, and its surroundings.
2. May 22nd - International Biodiversity Day
"Creta Maris Plants & photography competition." The flora of Crete is of paramount importance in the scientific world due to its biodiversity (herbs, aromatic plants, ten unique species of wild orchid in the world, etc.). Our hotel honored nature and invited the visitors to learn about it and capture it through their photographs. The photographers of the hotel gave some tips for professional shots in the Apollo room, then guests visited the bio garden where they had 24hrs to find and capture any artistic flower or plant within the complex. The photos were then emailed to Guest Relations to be displayed on a screen in the lobby the following day.
The judges of the photography competition were:
• Mr. Nikos Vlassiadis, Director Creta Maris Beach Resort
• Ms. Faye Papaioannou Marketing & Public Relations Manager
• Mr. Ramzi Abichou, Photographer
The gift for the first 3 winners was one free overnight on their next stay.
The World Biodiversity Day is celebrated every year on May 22nd, established in 1993 by the United Nations to better understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The variety of animal and plant species is essential for human existence and plays an important role in sustainable development and poverty eradication.
According to UN reports, 12% of all birds on the planet and 10% of plants and animals on Earth are threatened with extinction because of human activities and habitat degradation. The scientists warn that by 2050 will have disappeared in one third of the fauna of the Earth, due to climate change.
In our country the endangered brown bear, the Mediterranean monk seal, the loggerhead turtle - Caretta, the wildcat, the vulture, trout, and at risk are the wolf, the coyote, the badger, deer and deer.
3. June 5th, 2012 - World Environmental Day
"Ecological and romantic return to the old Crete" Tourism offers new images, cultures and experiences. Combining the Cretan culture and the old Cretan way of living the resort revived one - less "culture" night- passing in all common areas fifteen minutes without light. The lights of candles, the "silence" of culture, and the coastal environment in a more natural background were a separate and parallel ecological experience for our guests. The Creta Maris presented its version of “black out time" event (an event where many countries cease electricity in many places and monuments for ecological reasons).
The World Environmental Day is celebrated every year on June 5th and was the main technique of the UN, back in 1972, to inform and increase the awareness of the public about global environmental problems.
4. June 8th: World Oceans Day
In a symbolic participation, the hotel organized excursion (by bus) to the local aquarium offering a tour by the Director of the aquarium. After the guest see the Mediterranean species,"created" one, at the mini club learning how to create turtles out of clay and at the same time the importance of protecting them.
Although not officially recognized by the UN, World Oceans Day is celebrated since 1992. It was enacted on June 8th of that year, during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where 150 leaders from around the world signed the treaty on biodiversity, in an effort to prevent the extinction of rare species of animal and plant kingdom.
The oceans occupy over 70% of Earth's surface and have been linked since ancient times in human evolution. The turnover of the financial activities related to the oceans is over $ 500 billion annually.
The marine life and biodiversity in the oceans today are threatened by overfishing, pollution and recently by the greenhouse effect.
According to Greenpeace:
- 76% of fish in the world endangered by intensive fishing.
- 90% of large fish like tuna, swordfish and cod, fished beyond safe limits for their survival.
- In 2002, total fishery quantities with high commercial value, such as cod in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, was the lowest since 1967 because of overfishing.
- 300 daily trawls plying their nets with an area size of 1,500 square kilometers, destroying some of the most diverse and delicate ecosystems on the planet.
- 300.000 cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) die each year trapped in nets.
- 6,8 million to 27 million tons of fish discarded annually, immediately after being caught because they do not have sufficient commercial value.
- 800 kilometers of driftnet seized by the Italian police in 2005. Thousands of kilometers of driftnet, however, continue to spread death in the Mediterranean.
- 4 billion won pirate fishing every year at the expense of poor nations.
- 300 million dollars are taken every year by Somalia pirates.
- 12.000 tons of Bluefin tuna, 37% more than the allowed limit, caught illegally in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic.
The uncontrolled exploitation of the sea must be stopped. The Greenpeace calls on governments to move immediately to protect the world's oceans by creating a network of marine reserves. The designation of marine reserves is a necessary step for rich and healthy seas.
5. June 16th - Recycling
Our guests got informed in the Apollo room about our hotel's effort to protect the environment by recycling garbage such us glass, oil, paper, light bulbs, appliances, & batteries. Moreover, the resort organized a tour around the areas where the garbage sorting is taking place (PLANET’S BREATH).
6. July 12th - Street cleaning and weeding of the green area
Steet cleaning and cutting of the dried grass starting from the exterior of the hotel towards the exit. Finally followed weeding of the surrounding area across from the neighboring supermarket. In action took part voluntarily the staff of Creta Maris Beach Resort and hotel guests.
7. August 9th: Cleaning of outdoor areas
In continued efforts for environmental sustainability Maris Green Team organized a beach clean up starting from the hotel to the church of St. Paraskevi
8. September 22nd: European day of transportation (European Car Free Day)
In collaboration with bicycle rentals, the resort organized a green tour following the highway up to the junction of Kastelli, going up to Upper Hersonissos, passing through Piskopiano and Koutouloufari villages, going down to Hersonissos Centre, cycling through Hersonissos Costal Road, and ending at Creta Maris Beach Resort.
The European Car Free Day first began in France in 1998 and established itself throughout Europe with the European Commission decision in 2000. 1500 European cities and 4 Canadian are participating in celebration.
Every year, on September 22nd, the authorities cease car traffic in many city centers and encourage people to use public transport, bicycles and walk.
In our country, from 2000 to date 1,500,000 new cars have been released, costing 80% of air pollution, especially in the warmer months. According to data of Greenpeace, the first in particulate levels in the atmosphere keeps Thessaloniki, Athens is second, followed by Larissa and Patras.
Studies Division of Epidemiology of Athens Medical School showed that if the average levels of particulate matter in Athens were below 20 micrograms per cubic meter instead of 52.12 which is now, we would have 5,066 fewer deaths each year. Moreover, such a reduction would increase life expectancy by nearly a year for each inhabitant of Athens.
9. September 27th: World Tourism Day
Creta Maris Beach Resort in collaboration with the municipality of Hersonisos celebrated the World Tourism Day by honoring customers who choose, for years, as their holiday destination Hersonissos. Meanwhile, the municipality of Hersonisos performed a lot of celebrations and the municipality of Heraklion honored that day with events that lasted three days.
The World Tourism Day is celebrated every year on September 27th, adopted by the World Tourism Organization in 1970.
The main objective of this celebration is to promote economic, social, cultural and political contribution of tourism to the bliss of the international community.
10. October 4th: World Animal Day
Creta Maris Beach Resort celebrating the World Animal Day gave the opportunity to its customers to visit and spend time in a traditional farm. Specifically the guests came in contact with the animals of the Botanical Garden of Creta Maris and were able to feed them and take pictures with them, while tasting traditional products from a buffet. Finally, the hotel distributed leaflets concerning animal protection and ways for improvement of their living conditions.
World Animal Day was first celebrated in 1931 at a conference in Florence where environmentalists used it as a way to sensitize the public and experts on endangered animals. Since then, the festival expanded and includes all species of the animal kingdom.
October 4th was established as World Animal Day, because it coincides with the commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi, who has been promoted by the Catholic Church as patron of animals and the environment.
Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (1978)
All animals are born with equal rights to life and the possibility of existence.
1. Human must respect the life of every animal.
2. Human belongs in the animal kingdom and cannot kill or exploit other species of the animal kingdom. Instead, he must use his knowledge for the good of animals.
3. Each animal is entitled to care, attention and protection by man.
1. No animal should be subjected to abuse or inhumane treatment.
2. If killing animals should be considered mandatory to become instantly, painlessly and without causing any distress the animal.
1. Each animal is entitled to live in the natural environment (land, sea, air) and played back according to physical laws,
2. The deprivation of freedom of the animal even if is for educational purposes is contrary to this declaration of rights.
1. Each animal that is traditionally considered a pet entitled to live with the pace and quality of life and freedom that correspond to its kind.
2. The differentiation of these conditions in humans is speculative purposes and is contrary to the declaration.
1. Each companion animal is a human right to life is similar to the natural longevity.
2. Abandoning an animal is considered inhuman and degrading practice.
Regarding the animals that provide services to humans, the duration and intensity of work must be reasonable, the food is good and the mandatory rest.
1. Any experimentation on animals, medical, scientific, etc. against the animal rights causes as physical or mental pain.
2. Should seek to replace experimentation on animals from other existing techniques.
Animals raised for human consumption should be housed, feed, move and be killed without causing avoidable pain and distress.
1. Prohibited the exploitation of animals for the entertainment of people.
2. The report shows animals and using animals are circumventing the dignity and respect for animal life.
Any act that causes unnecessary death of an animal is a biocidal product is a crime against life.
1. Any act that causes death of large numbers of wild animals is "genocide" a crime against the species.
2. The contamination and ultimate destruction of our natural environment leads to genocide.
1. Respect it even in the dead animal.
2. Each scene of violence on television and cinema, animals with victims should be prohibited and only the scenes that are intended to inform about animal rights should be highlighted.
1. Protection and advocacy of animals must be represented by each government.
2. The rights of animals shall be patentable than the laws, just as human rights.
11. October 16th World Food Day / World Bread Day
Creta Maris Beach Resort celebrating the World Bread Day on October 16th gave its customers the opportunity to become acquainted with the traditional method of baking bread. Specifically, the chefs of the hotel indicated how kneading and baking bread in a traditional oven. Then customers participated to the process of kneading and had the opportunity to taste local delicacies and raki from a buffet specially designed for the occasion. World Bread Day is celebrated every year on 16 October on the initiative of the International Union of Bakers and Confectioners (UIB), with the motto "Make your own bread or buy it from your local bakery.Historical facts
The World Food Day is celebrated every year on October 16th, since 1945, the day World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN initiated it.
The P.I.D. numbers at Greenpeace:
- More than 850 million people remain hungry around the world.
- 2 billion people suffer from chronic lack of nutrients.
- 40 million people die every year from hunger, and every day produced 356 kilograms of grain per person.
- Between 1967 - 1997, world grain production increased by 84% and the global population increased by 67%, ensuring a system of food security worldwide.
- During the same period, food production costs fell dramatically, dragging a corresponding reduction in their prices.
- The food industry is spending 40 billion dollars in advertising.
- For every dollar spent by the World Health Organization to combat malnutrition, food industry spends $ 500 for the promotion of processed foods.
- According to the World Health Organization, currently 300 million adults worldwide are obese, 100 million more than in 1995.
- By 2020, obesity and the complications created (cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers) will account for 72% of deaths worldwide. In 1998, the figure was around 60%.
- From 1979 until mid-1990, the annual consumption of meat in the southern hemisphere increased by 70 million tons, as opposed to an increase of 26 million tons recorded in the northern hemisphere.