Lesvos: Heartbreak and joy in equal measure

Lesvos:  Heartbreak and joy in equal measure

When we submitted a proposal to speak about Plastic Free Island at the World Islands Conference of ISISA (the International Small Island Studies Association) on the island of Lesvos over two years ago, ironically themed “Island Utopias”, there were none of the nearly 500,000 refugees that eventually thronged the shores of that Greek island just 6 miles offshore from Turkey in the Aegean Sea.  An island of immense beauty, home of the legendary first poet Sappho of millenia past and current home to a thriving lesbian enclave, Lesvos became the unlikely…