While we all watched in horror as SE Asia endured yet more storms following Haiyan …or Yolanda, we can all agree – it was definitely a catastrophic Typhoon. The number of deaths reported has reached beyond 6000, lest we even dare whisper about the number of folks missing from the Philippines or not. There are several questions to ask ourselves about climate change. I am no expert but American members of Congress need to listen to the People of the Philippines, the Marshall Islands and the Maldives, who have been screaming at us for quite some time to accept it … Climate Change is real. I know we will never ever forget about Katrina Ike, Moore, Camille or Sandy. There were plenty of storms before Sandy but it is a great example of how climate deniers are hurting us while some in Congress were making insane stupid comments and generally showing just how unqualified they were eventually deciding to fund Sandy’s recovery, though Americans gasped in horror at how any Public Servant was able to say well the amount is too much let alone vote NO when the next natural disaster is just as close as the vote or the next storm. These members of Congress debate vote, give foreign aid all the time… get a clue we are in a new phase, and the American experience called Climate Change has become a sad slap of reality. The question is, will these members of Congress, these Public Servants these Government workers who debate vote discuss challenge federal rights and promote states rights learn that a disaster like Katrina, Ike, Sandy, Haiyan or any of those in between tornadoes, hurricanes or snowstorms are telling us to pay attention NOW
A rude reminder …. and example of what could be if folks in Congress don’t accept Climate Change …
FYI: Haiti still needs Help
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a catastrophic earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Citing UN statistics, 400,000 are still homeless three years after the Haiti earthquake and for-profit companies having found their way into the game, reportedly were/are building temporary housing leaving out internal walls while one emergency after another is forcing those genuinely committed to helping to provide temporary solutions, only a tourniquet for the long term problems
Yes, Haiti experienced the worst earthquake to hit the area in more than 200 years. Entire communities, torn apart and as many as 3 million or more people directly affected, including tens of thousands of American citizens who are in Haiti.
In an article in the Miami Herald written on 1/13
“The country is becoming more and more difficult to live in,” said Simin, sitting outside a friend’s one-room home, where she sleeps on the floor with her two children. “We haven’t seen change. People have problems with food, problems with schools, and problems with housing. Once you have a problem with finding a place to sleep, you just might as well just die. There’s no living.”
In April of 2013, hurricane Sandy left a trail of destruction which started in Haiti and until the issue of housing is resolved, Shelter Box has been there providing shelter. Shelter Box not only was there when Tropical Storm Isaac struck just a couple of months before but Haiti was, and still is, recovering from the 2010 earthquake that left over two million homeless and led to a widespread outbreak of cholera and food shortages. This complex environment made it challenging for the Shelter Box Response Team (SRT) that assessed the need following Sandy.
Haitian aspirations are to have a better life not to live in tents, but with all the money being pulled back, broken promises and Haiti’s still unreformed property laws prevent the sale and transfer of government land three years later proves a whole lot a folks broke their promises
The fact is the people of Haiti are migrating to other Caribbean Islands and those who created this mess, made promises, built sub marginal housing … need to step up and fulfill their obligations. ~~ Nativegrl77
Haitians are determined
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They say the more you know the better prepared you can be … Tell that to your member of Congress !
another repost from 5/13