Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday (August 25) that the forest fires that blighted Athens and other parts of Greece earlier this month underlined the need for radical behavioural change in the struggle against global warming.

As part of a series of fires that affected southern Europe in a summer heatwave, the Greek fires scorched over a quarter of a million hectares of pine forest, also affecting the island of Euboea and parts of Peloponnes, including the archaeology site of the ancient Olympic Games.

He defended the Fire Department’s response and said his government’s top priority is saving lives.

Everything and everything must shift in order to minimise the impact of the climate crisis, said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the parliament on Wednesday during a debate about the forest fires and the criticism of the government’s response in response to the blaze.

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2021 Greece wildfires

The 2021 Greece wildfires are multiple wildfires happening in Greece since early August 2021, and have killed 2 people, injured at least 20 others and burned dozens of homes, (wikipedia)

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Kyriakos Mitsotakis

Kyriakos Mitsotakis is a Greek politician and the Prime Minister of Greece since 8 July 2019. A member of New Democracy, he has been its president since 2016. (wikipedia)

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