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Athena Lambrinidou

New Zealand  
The Aunties Kitchen Therapy Sessions
Joined May 2020
Interests: Access to Information, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence
In 1991, after helping to set up the first Greenpeace office in Athens, I embarked on a seven-year journey to the Mediterranean, the US, the Caribbean, and the Pacific as a deckhand on board Greenpeace ships campaigning on climate change, nuclear waste, fisheries and marine pollution. In 1996 I settled in New Zealand where I launched a number of community-based initiatives linking art and environmental awareness and worked as a researcher for ‘60 Minutes’ New Zealand. I returned back to Greece in 2005 at the request of George Papandreou, then President of the Greek Socialist Party and later Prime Minister of Greece, to design and run projects linking the environmental crisis with participatory democracy. In the summer of 2006 I was on the organizing committee of the ‘Religion, Science and the Environment’ symposium held in the Amazon under the auspices of HAH Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. In 2007 I formed dotearth.gr, my own sustainability consultancy in Greece, where I worked with clients as diverse as Superfast Ferries, Kallimanis Seafood and Sklavenitis Supermarkets designing long term climate change and fisheries depletion strategies. In 2013, I designed a weekly TV show for Greek National Television, empowering Greek housewives into environmental activism, entitled (in Greek) "Το Ημερολογιο μιας Οικολογριας". Upon the collapse of the Greek economy, I re-designed that show into ‘The Aunties: Taking the Planet Back”, an online international digital magazine and radio podcast wishing to ignite meaningful conversation, collaboration and, ultimately, progress on the climate and resource crises. From 2016-18 I took a welcome 'meditative break' from the environmental movement by serving as the maintenance van driver of a UNCHR funded NGO taking care of vulnerable refugee families in Athens, Greece. I have recently moved back to New Zealand where I am pursuing my environmental communications podcast/show under the title "The Aunties: Kitchen Therapy Sessions" which is now focusing more on the legal, psychological, philosophical and culinary aspects of our current international predicament. I am very keen to know more about you and be potentially involved in your projects.

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