We at Kitrinos Healthcare have been devastated to watch the disastrous wildfires unfold across Europe, including the Greek island of Evia, and Attica on the Greek mainland. Fires are still burning across the country, and several people have sadly lost their lives. Almost 1.5 million square metres of woodland and dozens of villages have been destroyed, and countless wildlife killed. 75% of the forests surrounding Athens have been burned down, resulting in loss of wildlife habitats and livelihoods of local beekeepers, animal herders and tree resin collectors, amongst others. Additionally, flooding is likely to become a serious issue in the coming years in both Attica and Evia.
We’d like to share our heartfelt condolences to all those who have been affected, lost loved ones, homes and vast swathes of their local natural environment.
This ecological crisis is considered to be the worst Greece has ever faced. The 2,000 displaced people in Greece are just a fraction of the estimated 1.2 billion climate refugees predicted by the IOM to exist by 2050.
Here’s how you can help both the human and animal victims in Greece and across Europe:
The ‘Ecological Movement of Drama’ (ΟΙΚΟΛΟΓΙΚΗ ΚΙΝΗΣΗ ΔΡΑΜΑΣ) is fundraising to help local farmers buy animal fodder. Donate here: ALPHA Bank IBAN: GR3501408200820002101153821.
Other ways to help: