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Volume I Issue 4 April 22, 2010

40 Years Celebrating the Earth …….. …..1 Consul at MUN, Home Compost, Black History Month….... …..2 Visa Waiver, Consul discusses with students, Events.…... …..3

American Studies Seminar, Embassy Reforestation in Marathon..4

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40 Years Celebrating the Earth April 22, 2010

Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future. Earth Day 2010 wants to remind us that all creatures depend on water for life, and that preservation of the biodiversity of this world is pivotal in the maintaining

of nature’s circle of life, which we are also part of. Earth Day 2010 can be a turning point to advance climate policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and green jobs. Earth Day Network is galvanizing millions who make personal commitments to sustainability. Earth Day 2010 is a pivotal opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together and create a global green economy. Join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day.

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Consul General Kay Greets Model United Nations Conference at Anatolia

On March 12 Consul General Kay

Home Composting This year celebrate Mother Earth by expressing your love towards your plants. Instead of buying them a box of Godiva chocolates, though, give your flowers a bag of compost, nutrient enriched soil, that will make you green friends bloom with joy! And since the best gifts are the ones we invest our time and care in, why buy compost when you can make it yourself by using things you would usually throw away? Fruit and vegetable peels, meal scraps, used tissue etc. could be turned into your own home-made compost.

All you need is a simple composting bin which you can find at any hardware store and easily hide at your back yard or balcony. The difference between your usual garbage bin and the composting bin is that the latter allows oxygen to enter gradually in the chamber. This speeds the decomposition process, thus turning your organic waste, that would normally end at a landfill, into plant delicacies. Compost will make your plants bigger, stronger, and happier, and this, in turn, will put a smile to your face.

You can compost:      

fruit peels vegetable peels eggshells tea bags coffee grounds grass and lawn clippings  leaves and other garden waste  tissue

You can't compost:     

meat bones fatty food waste chemicals pet waste

opened the Fifth Annual Model United Nations

Celebrating Black History Month

Conference at Anatolia welcoming 500 high schools from Greece, Turkey, Israel, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates to the simulation exercise, designed to introduce students to the world of diplomacy.

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Dr. Sam Fulwood III, a senior fellively question and answer low at the Center for sessions followed each American Progress, visited appearance. Mr. Fulwood’s Athens, Thessaloniki and Corfu lectures raised awareness February 21 – 27 in the among students and framework of academics about Sam Fulwood spoke observance of Black Black History on “Obama History Month 2010. Month and the Nation: The Evolving Sam Fulwood spoke importance of Role of Race in the on “Obama Nation: honoring United States” The Evolving Role of people who stood Race in the United for their States” to a wide variety of Greek principles, fought audiences, from students of both courageously for freedom and equality, sometimes at great public and private high schools personal cost, and paved the and universities to professors way for future generations. and the general public. His audiences were captivated by his unique storytelling style, and


Upcoming Events Greeks Can Travel to U.S. under Visa Waiver Program Starting April 5 With an Easy Electronic Application Good news! Effective on April 5, 2010, Greece is now a member country in the Visa Waiver Program. That means that Greek citizens traveling for business, pleasure or transit who plan on staying in the U.S. for 90 days or less may be eligible to travel without a visa. The traveler must have a valid biometric e-passport that is valid for six months beyond the date of the intended visit. In addition, the traveler must have completed a relatively simple online

form called Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) at least 72 hours before traveling. That's it. It's really good news as it simplifies things considerably for Greek citizens traveling to the U.S. For more information, please go to the Embassy website http:// athens.usembassy.gov or to www.travel.state.gov where you will find links to DHS and the ESTA website. The ESTA site is https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov Happy travels!

May 5-8, 2010 Battle of the Year Hip Hop festival in Thessaloniki – participation of American artist Rockadile May 19-21, 2010 Hospital Art Paint Fests at Papanikolaou and Ippokratio Hospitals June 17, 2010 Fulbright pre-departure orientation, Tiano Room

July 1, 2010 Fourth of July Reception

Anatolia Students Discuss Current Affairs with Consul King issues in the Pacific Rim and the rise of China in the global arena and there followed a lively discussion about U.S. relations with China and the future role of China as an emerging power in On March 24, Consul King met

Consulate offers to local students

with a group of 12 Thessaloniki

to discuss current affairs and U.S.

high-school students as part of

policies. One of the students

the mentoring sessions that the

presented a report on political

the world.

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13 Annual American Studies Seminar th

“Global Challenges for the

Younger Generation” April 21-24, 2010 The U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki, in cooperation with the University of Macedonia is organizing the 13th annual American Studies Seminar, a program offering participants the opportunity to become familiar with U.S. history, politics, society and the economy. Topics are presented in English, by distinguished American and Greek experts and are better understood through lively discussions and film presentations. A certificate of attendance is awarded, provided participants attend most sessions and pass the final seminar multiple choice examination.

U.S. Embassy Project Plants Trees in Marathon Athens (March 4, 2010) -- The U.S. Embassy in partnership with NGO Greenbelt and in collaboration with the Mayor of Marathon hosted a Spring Reforestation program. High School students from Nea Ionia, members of local organizations, and embassy community volunteers planted over 1,000 trees and bushes near the Archeological Museum of Marathon. Before planting the first tree, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Speckhard joined Marathon Mayor Spyros Zagaris in welcoming the crowd – especially the younger volunteers. “It will be 2,500 years from the Battle of Marathon later this year, and I am proud that we will contribute to the beauty of this area, “ Ambassador Speckhard said. “ Green development is something the new generation knows so much about,

Mayor Zagaris noted the significance of the area by highlighting that the Battle of Marathon marks the birthday of democracy He also described Marathon as a symbol of democracy, peace, freedom, and fair play. The Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment, Fulbright Alumni and Fellows, and Celebrity Movers all joined in with the high school students and embassy volunteers in replanting the area burnt by 2009 wildfires. They finished with lunch and a tour of the museum, but not before recycling all leftover packaging and other waste.

The U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki Address:

Tsimiski 43, 7th Floor, Thessaloniki, GR-54623, Greece

Telephone:

0030 2310 242905 0030 2310 242927 info@usconsulate.gr http://thessaloniki.usconsulate.gov U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Fax: Email: Web: Facebook:

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my son Daniel tells me to turn off the light, not use plastic, and be sensitive to the environment all the time. I also want to congratulate the Mayor of Marathon for being a part of this effort.”


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