Saturday, 11 December 2010

Χαράλαμπος Θεοπέμπτου - Επίτροπος Περιβάλλοντος: Περιβαλλοντικά προβλήματα

A very true post on the situation in Cyprus..:

Χαράλαμπος Θεοπέμπτου - Επίτροπος Περιβάλλοντος: Περιβαλλοντικά προβλήματα

I totally forgot I had put this link up;

As you probably figured out by now, I am a Cypriot, and I am really concerned with the environmental problems of Cyprus... That is one of the reasons I am actually undertaking this research work.. Some day I want to be able to give back to my country.

Cyprus is a small island in the Mediterranean sea, as you can see from here.

From the map you can even tell how close to Africa and Asia this island is. The sun shines for like 360 out of the 365 days of the year... its a shame that people are not using solar panels as much as they can..

I mean, I did convince my family to install 'a few' (36) of them on our roof, but they only did it because I kept telling them too, and because it meant lower electricity bills for the future..

I know solar panels are not the most efficient equipment out there.. but we do have to work with what we have.. and the combustion of fossil fuels is not the most environmental thing in the world either.

There is one wind power farm in Cyprus, which is a pretty good development, and Mr Theopemptou is working hard to get any environmental equipment in the country.

Finally the public transport is being improved.. and I do hope the people responsible for it make that bus system work better.. I mean, the poor people had the buses running for a whole summer before they decided to publish some sort of schedule for them.. How on earth would I, or anyone, know when and where to wait for the bus, and for which bus?
OK ok they did put something on their webpage, but it was all in street names..
I know Cyprus is a small country, but how do I know where each address is in every city?? Even in my own area I dont know where each address is...
And they called it the 'evaluation period'... but how are you going to evaluate a system which people are expected to use to commute to their jobs, when nobody really knows when and where each bus is going to..

and dont let me start on the blue and white buses.. the stupid village system..

if you want to go from the centre of a village (and I dont mean a village on the mountains, I am talking about a village that is 20 minutes away from the Nicosia town centre when there is no traffic) you have to take the small white bus, which i dont know how often it runs, to go to the main station of your area, to take the big blue bus, to actually go where you want to go..
Am I the only one who finds this a bit odd??

Till the next time

The Physicist

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