Desperation Mounts in Caribbean Islands: ‘All the Food Is Gone’
MARIGOT, St. Martin — At dawn, people began to gather, quietly planning for survival after Hurricane Irma. They started with the grocery stores, scavenging what they needed for sustenance: water, crackers, fruit. But by nightfall on Thursday, what had been a search for food took a more menacing turn, as groups of people, some of them armed, swooped in and took whatever of value was left: electronics, appliances and vehicles. “All the food is gone now,” Jacques Charbonnier, a 63-year-old resident of St. Martin, said in an interview on Sunday. “People are fighting in the streets for what is left.” In the few, long days since Irma pummeled the northeast Caribbean, killing more than two dozen people and leveling 90 percent of the buildings on some islands, the social fabric has begun to fray in some of the hardest-hit communities. ….. The Cuban government immediately began relief efforts, deploying security forces in large numbers to the hardest-hit areas, along with convoys of trucks carrying food and heavy equipment to help remove debris. “Cuba is very organized,” said Orlando Eorlsando, 53, as he replaced his front door with bloated plywood in Havana. “The priority of the government is to keep people safe and preserve life.” While the Cuban response seemed to be a well-oiled machine, elsewhere in the Caribbean the government reaction has been halting, critics say. …. Although there have been no reported fatalities or casualties, Havana awoke Sunday morning to substantial damage. The capital’s inhabitants, who spent the night in darkness after authorities cut power as a precaution, found fallen trees, mangled lampposts, and smashed water tanks. Floodwaters reached more than 600 yards into the city. …
– New York Times: Desperation Mounts in Caribbean Islands: ‘All the Food Is Gone’.
Falling Energy Slaves Addition Man – Finite Resources Collision
Falling Man: The Falling Man.
Kenneth Deffeyes: Kenneth Deffeyes; quoted in Crude Impact.
Resources Collision: Human Predicament: Better Common Sense Required, by Jack Alpert. Jack Alpert … Jack Alpert Skil: Rapid Population Decline or Bust: 01.02.03.04.05.06.07.08.09.10. Human Predicament: Better Common Sense Required Series: Overpopulation Means Murder; Too Many People; Non-linearity of Overpopulation: 01.02; How Much Degrowth is Enough?. Losing Our Energy Slaves.
Climate Change Hand Grenade: Near Term Extinction: Antarctica: Secrets of the Ice.
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Babylon WiP Religions Overpopulation / Consumption / Industrialization / Colliding with Finite Resources Cartoons.
Overpopulation / Consumption Cartoons.
Ecological Footprint: Living Withing Carrying Capacity Limits
Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on Earth
Our Ecological Footprint by Mathis Wackernagel & William Rees; presents an internationally-acclaimed tool for measuring and visualizing the resources required to sustain our households, communities, regions and nations, converting the seemingly complex concepts of carrying capacity, resource-use, waste-disposal and the like into a graphic form that everyone can grasp and use. An excellent handbook for community activists, planners, teachers, students and policy makers.
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» Earth Day: Ecological Footprint Calculator.
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Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics and Population Taboos
Living within Limits by Garrett Hardin; makes a forceful case for dramatically changing the way we live in the world. Discussing the wide range of economic and ecological illusions we use to support our unworkable theories of sustainable population growth and resource consumption, Hardin points out the hard choices that will be thrust upon us. His clear and insightful discussion of the theoretical assumptions that underpin our current life styles is required reading for those who would truly understand the human situation.
Quotes from Living within Limits
“Many well-meaning people resist admitting and acting on the insight that predators serve a useful function for prey populations–useful even by narrow human standards. For centuries such stories as ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ have conditioned children to think of prey as innocent and predators as wicked. Why this emphasis? The cynical explanation is that subconsciously men have seen wolves and lions as the competitors of the human species, the supreme predator-over-all. Man has trained his children to hate his competitors. (Other explanations of the folktales are possible.) Whatever the truth may be, the fact is that wolves have had an undeservedly ‘bad press.’
“How effective early childhood conditioning can be is apparent in the story of the life of Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), one of the patron saints of the ecology movement. He started his professional life as an enthusiastic enemy of wolves, mountain lions, and other ‘varmints’ that were decimating flocks of sheep in the Southwest of the United States. Many of his writings during the period from 1915 to 1920 bear testimony to his enthusiasm for killing wolves. In 1920 he said that ‘the last one must be caught’–and killed. In 1925 he modified his position only to say that we must avoid the danger of exterminating all predators, adding ‘but there is no danger of this yet.’ For the next ten years his position was ambivalent and wavering.
“Then in 1936 he took a trip to the Sierra Madre in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, a land in the same climatic zone as New Mexico, where Leopold had spent so many years. He was thunderstruck by the beauty of the landscape, in which many animal species were abundant but none were overabundant. ‘All my life,’ he said, ‘I had seen only sick land, whereas here was a biota still in perfect aboriginal health. The term ‘unspoiled wilderness’ took on new meaning.’ Such was Leopold’s road to Damascus; his conversion, like Saint Paul’s, produced an emotional and intellectual turn of 180 degrees. From being the enemy of predators, he became their friend and champion. From one who had sought to maximize the number of deer lives, he became the proponent of the temperate killing of prey animals– by predators, preferably, but by human hunters if necessary; in any case, a killing of prey animals for the good of their own kind.
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