The organization Europa Nostra announced on Thursday that they have symbolically placed five Greek islands on their list of endangered cultural heritage sites because of what they consider the risk of their landscapes being destroyed by the construction of wind farms.
The islands, which include Amorgos, Kimolos, Sikinos, Tinos and Kythira in the southern Aegean, are among Greece’s more remote.
Europa Nostra and the Institute of the European Investment Bank, together with the Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and the Cultural Heritage, study all the most endangered areas annually in order to bring attention to what they consider to be the most critical areas that may be lost to such development.
“The choice is representative, because it is impossible to include all the Greek islands that face the same problem,” said Dimitris Leventis, the head of the Council for Architectural Heritage.
He continued, saying that such islands are home to a range of society’s essential activities from agriculture and tourism to services provided there. “The natural landscape is a monument,” he declared. “It is something that survives for hundreds of years, something that supports life and human activity.”