Recycling Awareness Design Innovation Kalamata Association

Active Waste Recycling = Health & Awareness Upcycling !

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Radikala was born in Kalamata!

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Raising awareness about environment and health through involving citizens in waste recycling combined with physical activity is the core idea of R.A.D.I.Kal.A (Recycling . Awareness . Design . Innovation . Kalamata . Association); formally registered in Stockholm, Sweden under the non-profit NGO-number 802509-5384 and based in Kalamata, Greece.

Further, we believe that raising awareness about health and environment among school children is the most efficient in the long-term. For this purpose we have adapted a pedagogical approach to be applied to our projects. (Read more about our pedagogical approach here!)

(short introduction in Greek):

Η βασική ιδέα της ομάδας R.A.D.I.Kal.A (Recycling  Awareness . Design . Innovation . Kalamata . Association) κινείται γύρω από την ευαισθητοποίηση των πολιτών σχετικά με το περιβάλλον και την υγεία, μέσω της ενεργού συμμετοχής τους, αντιλαμβανόμενοι την αναγκαιότητα για ανακύκλωση αλλά παράλληλα και την ανάγκη για ενίσχυση της σωματικής δραστηριότητας. Η ομάδα R.A.D.I.Kal.A πιστεύει πως είναι απαραίτητη μία προσέγγιση όσον αφορά την ενεργοποίηση των πολιτών, ώστε να βρεθούν και να υλοποιηθούν αποτελεσματικές λύσεις για την αντιμετώπιση της περιβαλλοντικής ρύπανσης και της ανεπαρκούς σωματικής δραστηριότητας. Κύριος στόχος είναι η ευαισθητοποίηση κυρίως των νέων και η εμπλοκή τους σε μη κερδοσκοπικά, μη- κρατικά εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα σχετικά με τη σχεδίαση και υλοποίηση πρωτοποριακών μεθόδων ανακύκλωσης. Γι’αυτόν τον σκοπό, δημιουργήθηκε η ομάδα RADIKALA to “Recycling Waste, Upcycling Awareness”, και αυτό είναι το πρωταρχικό σχέδιο δράσης της.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) environmental pollution and insufficient physical activity are among the most serious health related problems in our over-consumptive societies. As environmental pollution increases, physical activity is declining in the opposite direction.

An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly one in four of total global deaths. According to WHO, environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.

Insufficient physical activity is the next alarming trend  and has been identified by WHO as “the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally.This alarming combination has become a major task for governments and environmental organizations”.

Citizen Engagement

There is a general consensus that besides governments, the civil society and NGOs’ contributions and engagement are also essential to tackle these problem. Yet according to a research with Yale University ” the formal mechanisms for NGO participation… remain limited.” The importance of NGOs and civil society organizations is especially emphasized by United Nation’s Environmental Program UNEP.

Radikala  believes that citizen-focused engagement is necessary in finding and implementing effective solutions to environmental pollution and insufficient physical activity.

Further, Radikala’s practical approach is based on the idea of environmental awareness raising through engaging citizens and especially the young generation in non-profit, non-governmental educational projects for design and implementation of innovative recycling methods. For this purpose RADIKALA has designed the “Recycling Waste, Upcycling Awareness” project. This is the flagship project of RADIKALA. Read more..