Looking forward, this will likely not be the last fire to hit the region. Do you personally feel that Greece has learned from this and will be able to handle what is to come?
Unfortunately, it is not the end of troubles for Greece. The country must prepare for many more extreme events, more droughts, more wildfires – and very likely also other natural disasters. It is going to take many years to adjust, Greece will need to introduce changes in agriculture, in natural disaster rapid response systems, in the way they build their houses. Greece is not the only affected country. We all will be affected in many different ways. It is not easy to prepare. We need to rethink how we can cooperate with nature in order to keep it and ourselves safe. It is a global problem. Now it is time for policy makers to listen to science.
COP26 is coming very soon and I very much hope that this COP will bring a more decisive approach. Boris Johnson, the host of COP26 and the PM of the United Kingdom is expected to make an announcement regarding sustainability of forests from a global perspective. November 2 is a day when decision-makers, the heads of states, will hold their summit at COP26. I am looking forward to the outcomes of this meeting.