“What is Sandy?” Someone might ask.
“The disaster that hit New York and even stopped the presidential campaigns!”
I must interrupt this thought and say something. “Look to Haiti, not New York. They have been so devastated by Sandy. More than 200,000 without homes, entire villages washed away, a national famine on its way and a surge of cholera spreading out”.
“Oh dear, I didn’t know that. But they always have disasters don’t they?”
“Yes, and you want to know why they always have disasters? Nature is angry, because we are poisoning it. And everyone we are all paying for this. Take a look at this graph: who is the number 1 poisoner?”
“Hmm, the US?”
“Correct, and where is Haiti there?”
“Exactly, Haiti is not developed enough to produce a lot of poison.”
“Yet they suffer the most, because their lack of development means less capacity to protect from natural disasters.”
“You are right. That is why I believe that the producers of poison should pay for the consequences. There should be some sort of Global Fund against global warming. After all, poison is the engine that gives them a lot of money.”
Take a thought. An article at the UN Dispatch Blog opened my eyes to this: “Things are certainly bad in the Northeast of the USA. But the situation is orders of magnitudes worse in Haiti right now. Spare a thought (or a few dollars) for them.”
The media draws attention to what gives them money and audience, of course. I am not here to criticise the media or the US, but to be a voice in the desert. Here are some things you can do: (1) pray, (2) be an activist against global warming, (3) study the causes of problems, who knows if you will be the new Luther King or Gandhi, (4) be aware and raise awareness, (5) donate, (6) volunteer.
Let us look to those who are in need and do something, even if that means reading a blog post such as this and giving it a thought.