Greeks Raid Forests in Search of Wood to Heat Homes

Greece just seems to be getting worse and worse.  Being the leading edge of Southern Europe’s descent into 3rd world status, Greece’s lessons are all of our lessons, as I outlined in my piece last year The Global Spring.  From the Wall Street Journal:

EGALEO, Greece—While patrolling on a recent cold night, environmentalist Grigoris Gourdomichalis caught a young man illegally chopping down a tree on public land in the mountains above Athens.

When confronted, the man broke down in tears, saying he was unemployed and needed the wood to warm the home he shares with his wife and four small children, because he could no longer afford heating oil.

Tens of thousands of trees have disappeared from parks and woodlands this winter across Greece, authorities said, in a worsening problem that has had tragic consequences as the crisis-hit country’s impoverished residents, too broke to pay for electricity or fuel, turn to fireplaces and wood stoves for heat.

Such woodcutting was last common in Greece during Germany’s brutal occupation in the 1940s, underscoring how five years of recession and waves of austerity measures have spawned drastic measures.

“The average Greek will throw anything into the fireplace that can be burned, ranging from old furniture with lacquer, to old books with ink, in order to get warm,” said Stefanos Sapatakis, an environmental-health officer at the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Glad Europe is fixed.

Full article here.

In Liberty,
Mike

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  1. GEE, AS OF YESTEDAY. OUR EPA WANTS TO BAN WOODBURNING STOVES HERE IN AMERIAN. NO DOUBT A SIMILIAR LAW COMING TO GREECE SHORTLY!!! THESE IDIOTS HAVE NO MORAL BOUNDS DO THEY?

  2. Oh, right, that’s why the Forest Service needs a zillion rounds of hollow point (or whatever), poaching and illicit logging of firewood.

    https://www.fbo.gov/utils/view?id=3eeff8eeb04f667920f6884686dfe4e2

    We’re right back to Nottingham Forest. Come next winter I fully expect to see that His Grace Michael, Viscount Bloomberg, has ringed Central Park in concertina wire, while mining it perimeter. It use will be restricted to the families of GS partners and the JPMChase board. Falconry is due to make a come back–bet on it.

  3. All the hard fought for advances that the ordinary person has made in working rights, civil rights, education, health care, housing etc are all being systematically rolled back. It won’t be long before we find ourselves right back in the Middle Ages, what comes next, the Black Death?

  4. The same is happening here in the US, just look around, look at the expressions on peoples faces, do they look happy or hollowed out from worry and the lack of a decent future for them and their children.
    Homes and properties in disrepair, storefronts empty, no jobs with acceptable wages and benefits.
    And yes, people, unable to heat their homes with affordable oil or electric are forced into wood and coal as their last resort to stay warm.
    Drive around and take notice of the numerous wood piles at homes or check chimneys on cold days.
    My grandparents used to heat their home with coal when my mother
    was a little girl 70yrs ago.
    Ladies and Gentlemen, we have come full circle!
    Welcome to the designed implosion of economies around the world, we are being incrementally bankrupted by the mega banks and the NWO.

  5. Also in Greece, there are hundreds of complaints to the local rangers by people who went to harvest their olive trees, only to find that they were missing, for the same reason.

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