We dont have solution! Greek MEP admits defeat on climate change as issue too big

Greek MEP admits climate change is an issue 'too big for us'

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The Greek politician said “we failed” to tackle the climate emergency timely as he questioned the efficacy of international efforts to preserve the planet. Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Mr Kyrtsos said criticism moved against Greece about failing to protect people and their property “is correct”. Greece has been ravaged by fires for the past week, with hundreds of the island of Evia being forced to evacuate and thousands of acres of land lost to the blaze.

The Member of the European Parliament said: “We have a big ‘success’ in the sense that we didn’t have a lot of casualties as we had in 2007 and 2018.

He continued:  We keep describing the problem, but we don’t really have the solution.

And it is not only a problem for Greece it’s also for Italy for Turkey for Lebanon for Algeria for Spain. So it’s rather worrying.

More than 500 wildfires have been raging across Greece this month, fuelled by global warming and strong winds.

A tourist in Evia, just north of Athens, described the fires as an “apocalyptic movie”.

The current heatwave has pushed temperatures to 45C in Greece and parts of southern Italy.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has apologised for failures in tackling the wildfires.

He said on Greek TV: “We may have done what was humanly possible, but in many cases, it was not enough.


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“I completely understand the pain of our fellow citizens who saw their homes or property burning.”

On Monday, the UN released a climate report saying human activity was making extreme weather events more common.

Firefighters from several European countries are now helping Greek teams to contain wildfires.

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