Environmental movements and the emergence of civil society in Greece

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The generally acknowledged weakness of civil society in Greece has obstructed
the solution of many urgent environmental problems. Since the 1970s these
weaknesses have begun to be overcome by various environmental movements.
Community protests have checked many state-backed construction projects and
have been helped by increasingly self-assertive forces consisting of elected local
authorities, private radio stations, courts of law, and voluntary environmental
associations. The last have been staffed by the growing class of professionals,
especially in schools and universities. These bodies have also shown growing
readiness to cooperate in positive environmental initiatives. In response,
governments have shown greater sensitivity to public opinion on environmental
issues, and increasing readiness to consult outside bodies.

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