Title: Promoting an environmental awareness centre to enhance educational activities in Linaria port, Skyros

Authors: Georgios Antonopoulos; Constantina Skanavis

Addresses: Research Centre of Environmental Education and Communication, Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece ' Research Centre of Environmental Education and Communication, Department of Public and Community Health, University of West Attica, 11521 Athens, Aigaleo, Greece

Abstract: With a view towards sustainable development via innovative communication strategies, this article examines the potential of establishing an Environmental Awareness Centre (EAC) for sustainability on Skyros Island, Greece. The goal of the proposed EAC is to promote responsible environmental behaviour and activate citizens in environmental decision-making. The focus of this work is an extensive literature review, attempting to collect all relevant information and research on education for sustainable development, stakeholder involvement on environmental decisions, and their commitment to environmentally responsible behaviour, namely: exhibiting the sustainability principles of eco-villages and their role in environmental education processes and assessing the characteristics of existing EACs as innovative grounds for sustainability processes of effective environmental dissemination. An effort to estimate the value of eco-villages on further support of EACs' ultimate goals is also discussed, incorporating elements of innovative design and construction, environmentally friendly technologies and communication calibration in an attempt to operate as a means of sustainable development in a specific geographic area.

Keywords: environmental education; sustainability; environmental awareness centre; communication; visitor education centre; sustainable development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGE.2020.10032074

International Journal of Green Economics, 2020 Vol.14 No.2, pp.95 - 107

Accepted: 28 Apr 2020
Published online: 21 Sep 2020 *

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