EcoHub

Better Days’ environmental headquarters, focusing on the creation of human-centered spaces and opportunities that nurture, inspire, and raise environmental awareness.

 

Our Mission

To help individuals and communities become more resilient through connection with nature and stewardship of the environment.

Our Goal

Our goal is simple: to help individuals and communities become more resilient. EcoHub is an open, equal-opportunity place for participants to learn together, share expertise and resources, build community, and work together to care for the environment.

Our Purpose

We believe that respect for humanity and the environment go hand in hand. Our programming is designed to provide what displaced populations often lack: healthy food, mental health resources, educational access, and employment opportunities. In doing so, we strive for a holistic approach that emphasizes connections: between the health of the planet and those who call it home, between displaced and host communities, and between the actions of today and the future.

 

What is EcoHub?

The EcoHub’s headquarters are the gardens and greenhouse-classroom located at One Happy Family community center. But EcoHub is much more than a site: it is a concept, an approach, and a philosophy – one that encourages environmental stewardship, regenerative practices, and symbiotic relationships.

 

Our Team

  • Community volunteers from Moria, Kara Tepe, and Mytilini
  • International short- and long-term volunteers
  • Better Days EcoHub staff
  • Partner organizations
  • Local farmers

 

Our Approach to Environmental Education

Many of our students have experienced significant trauma and are subjected to long periods of stagnation and uncertainty, which can lead to social degradation and lack of cognitive stimulation. Providing effective education is a challenge when students need much more than simple instruction and come with problems that can impede concentration and attainment. Better Days’ answer to these challenges is a student-centered pedagogy that respects each individual’s unique processes. Within EcoHub, the simple act of working with the earth combines learning with healing, since it is a task that keeps us present, balances our energy, and brings us perspective. Our participatory curriculum encourages experiential learning, where students learn by using their senses, being active, and engaging with others in a way that allows them to become the subjects of their own educational process and see nature as a live entity and an active stakeholder in whatever future they build for themselves. Dynamic delivery, group activities, and access to fun become the main methodologies to create a participatory and safe ecologically-centred learning environment with a carefully designed curriculum and lessons plans.

 

 

Growing

for the Future

  • We envision a future where rich traditions merge with regenerative practices to create a more productive and diverse local industry. Where students get the education they need, and farmers get help to make their gardens thrive. Where people from around the world come together to learn, play and grow, bridging divides of language and culture and building a new, stronger fabric of society. actions in Greece, and abroad to continue our work with displaced populations.
  • In order to achieve this vision, the next phase of EcoHub will include an increased focus on vocational education and community partnerships, language training, and increased economic support of local producers.
  • We also seek to expand our network of partners on the mainland who can receive EcoHub garden team members as they’re transferred away from the island.

Our Learning Objectives

Encourage ecological literacy

Foundational knowledge of life science and introduction to new concepts such as sustainability, upcycling, and regenerative systems.

Improve physical health

Informed access to fresh & healthier food choices, exercise, healthy eating habits, nutrition, medicinal herbs.

Improve psychosocial well-being

Access to a safe, calm and natural space; experience and basic understanding of ecotherapy.

Encourage waste management skills & knowledge

Encouraging waste reduction, reuse, and recycling; understanding of composting, recycling, greywater systems.