climate change

Varibobi Fires (Athens wildfires)

A terrible disaster unfolded yesterday in the north east area of Athens. It is an area with a beautiful forest. The ‘lungs of Athens’ as it is called. In Greece we have wildfires every summer and we’ve had numerous fires this summer, but the Varibobi fire is huge and unusual. The area is a refuge for those living in the concrete jungle and who want to quickly escape the city.

This summer has been an unprecdented hot one for Greece. We are into our second heatwave of the summer and yesterday was the 7th day of the heatwave with temperatures reaching a high of 47° C in some regions. We couldn’t go outside because it is just unbearably hot, and we are advised not to. Heat exhaustion and/or sun stroke are things that you don’t want to ever experience.

The southern Meditteranean is suffering from excessive heat and fires everything made worse by climate change. I am afraid that it is only going to get worse if the worlds’ (corrupt) leaders don’t finally take REAL and DRASTIC measures.

Varibobi the following day

Other areas of Greece suffering from wildfires include Elia (where the town of Ancient Olympia is located), Northern Evia (biblical catatastrophe), Messinia, Arcadia.

The air quality in Athens is so terrible we are advised to stay in doors. And it is ‘raining’ ashes.

Pray for Greece and the whole world, because I’m afraid that wrath of mother nature is not over.

No Planet B

‘No Planet B’ Collage by Angela Zafiris

The doomsday clock has changed once again. It’s 100 seconds closer to midnight. Time is running out. The earth is in a state of crisis. Deadly weather, earthquakes, a deadly virus, talk of a third world war etc. Things are getting tougher and there is no other planet to escape to. There is no other planet like ours. Our planet is not disposable. There is no planet B. No earth part 2. All of the problems that we are facing we have to face whether we like it or not.

We are trapped in the hell that we have created, and with very little time left to reverse our actions.

Sunflower in December/Ηλίανθος το Δεκέμβριο

Decembersunflower

December sunflower

Our Imbalanced Earth

Sunflower in December

Humanity’s’ shame.

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I wrote a  Haiku Japanese ancient poem to describe my shock when I saw a sunflower bloom in the garden this December.  I planted the seed in May and they usually bloom   in June here in Greece. I read that July was the hottest month on record for the planet resulting in the melting of  the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice and many other calamities. Then October came and there was a heatwave in Europe, the temperatures almost reached 30 °C.  The seed that failed to germinate in the spring got it’s second chance in the unusually warm fall season.

Very worrying indeed. 😦

The World Needs to Chillax

the world needs to chillax

Illustration by Angela Zafiris

It’s an anthropomorphic world! Eww the world has some very ugly feet 😉

Μy drawings were inspired by the recent catastrophic events of the past few years. It seems like the whole world is on fire. From the Amazon to the Arctic to Europe, Australia and Africa. The melting of the glacier in Iceland. So many terrible chain of events. It’s so depressing. If only the arrogant world leaders were all environmentalists. What a better world it would be.

Είναι ένας ανθρωπομορφικός κόσμος! Ο κόσμος έχει πολύ άσχημα πόδια. 😉

Τα σχέδια ήταν εμπνευσμένα από τα πρόσφατα καταστροφικά γεγονότα των τελευταίων ετών. Φαίνεται ότι όλος ο κόσμος καίγεται. Από τον Αμαζόνιο στην Αρκτική στην Ευρώπη και την Αφρική. Η τήξη του παγετώνα στην Ισλανδία. Τόσα πολλά τρομερά γεγονότα, το ενα μετα το αλλο. Είναι τόσο καταθλιπτικό. Εάν μόνο οι αλαζονικοί ηγέτες του κόσμου ήταν όλοι περιβαλλοντολόγοι ο κόσμος θα ήταν ένα καλύτερο μέρος.

Passing Through/Διέρχεται

The smell of rain in the summer air       Η μυρωδιά της βροχής στον καλοκαιρινό αέρα

   everything is changing                                        όλα αλλάζουν

         the sky rages                                                ο ουρανός μαίνεται

     the ground shakes                                         το έδαφος κουνιέται

   unstable mother earth                                       ασταθής γη

      angry since birth.                                   θυμωμένη από τη γέννηση της.