Green Maps around the World
For 22 years now the Green Map organization has been working to create healthier and more sustainable world. Through the use of green maps around the world they have been able to identify natural living areas, as well as resources in various communities that could aid in natural living.This is made possible through the Mapmakers. These are individuals from all around the world who create Green Maps for their individual areas. They are a diverse group of people: different races, countries and careers all united by the desire to create a sustainable world.
Green Maps Movement has been able to spread across the world. It currently has 952 projects going on. To coordinate all of this activity there are Hubs. These are contact points between the Global headquarters and individual countries. The Hubs are comprised of experienced project leaders who assist individual Green Mapmakers through means like training and mentorship. There are currently nine active hubs these are in Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Latin America, China and Cuba. These hubs coordinate the 68 countries in which the Green Map community engagement is taking place.
These countries are classified into 9 regions. These are: Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East, North America, Caribbean and Latin America, The Middle East and Oceania
Within Europe alone Green Map engages over 200 communities. These are comprised of citizens from Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales.
Here the countries taking part in the initiatives by Green Maps are: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. China has the second largest number of communities engaged by the program.The organization has had great impact in Asia, especially in Singapore. Here it has encouraged citizens to spend time outdoors and appreciate Mother Nature as they contribute towards the creation of Green Maps around the world.
North America Region
This region is made up of three countries. These include the United States of America, Canada and Mexico. U.S.A. has the largest country community engagement level with over 180 communities taking part in Green Map initiatives.It has played an immense role towards the development of green maps around the world. In the U.S.A. Green Maps are being used as environmental education tools in several school districts such as the Santa Monica Unified School District.
The Caribbean and Latin America Region
Here 10 countries are involved in the Green Map projects. These are Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and Venezuela. In Cuba the impact of community engagement has been immense. Green Maps have been included in professional studies, used to eliminate waste dumps and create community gardens. There are even pocket sized green maps for senior citizens!
The African region is made up of Gambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Middle East Region
These countries are Israel, Egypt and Lebanon
This region is made up of Australia and New Zealand.