ANOC supports ‘Together We Can’ initiative planting 5,000 trees in Greece

5 November 2021

As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, ANOC partnered with ‘Together we Can’ to support the planting of 5,000 trees in north-eastern Penteli in Greece on 31 October 2021.

The initiative was one of three sustainability initiatives ANOC supported in connection with hosting the first ever carbon neutral ANOC General Assembly in Crete, Greece on 24-25 October 2021. Volunteers came together to plant the trees in an area which has been destroyed by fires and so requires intervention to support reforestation. The project was developed by Together we Can, Skai and the Municipality of Penteli.

The event was shown on Greece’s Skai TV. Speaking on Skai’s television coverage of the event, ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg said: “We commend ‘Together we Can’, Skai and the Municipality of Penteli for organising the event.

“At ANOC we are fully committed to sustainability. We just hosted our first ever carbon neutral General Assembly in Crete. We have also committed to planting one tree for every delegate who attended the event. As the umbrella organisation for 205 National Olympic Committees, we need to set an example in sustainability. We are encouraging all NOCs to contribute to a greener sporting future and to develop their own sustainable initiatives.

“Our hosts here in Greece, the Hellenic Olympic Committee, are an example of an NOC which is taking sustainability very seriously. We are proud to be partnering with the Hellenic Olympic Committee in supporting this initiative. And we look forward to working on more initiatives in the future.”