Hurricane Genevieve – Aftermath and some thoughts…

By Philipp Moser

A Hurricane is something fascinating, the fear, the adrenaline, the uncertainty, the power of such an event generates all kind of feelings.

Nevertheless, needless to say, we’re all happy once it’s gone!

Then it’s time to deal with the consequences… Depending on how hard the hit was, we may lack of electricity, roads might be interrupted but what’s for sure is that every-time it rains there’s a huge amount of garbage invading our beautiful beaches and contaminating our waters. No matter how much we clean, the next storm brings some more…

Who’s to blame? Poverty, local administration, lack of education?

I personally think that if the local administration would have a better use of the resources a better way to collect, separate, recycle trash should be possible. Also if people would have more access to better education then people would sooner realize that the trash/garbage problem needs to be dealt with.

REduce, REuse, REcycle is our motto, the resources of the planet need to be used in a wiser way, every time it rains we get a reminder of this wake up call which is forgotten as soon as the sun shines again and the few brave people finished to clean up the beach…than, like nothing happened, we go straight back to business as usual…

A little bit like Covid19: at the beginning there was a generalized feeling of having hit the “final” wake-up call from Mother Earth. A worldwide imposed quarantine, everything stops, the planet is on hold, the world takes a breath…animals are slowly taking over the places that once belonged to them, dolphins swimming in the lagoons of Venice, sharks showing up in ports, whales returning to places they have not visited in decades, satellite images showing how air pollution disappears from huge heavy industrialized areas.

And we all feel this opportunity, this might be it, we might finally convince our politicians to turn green, to take into account what we’ve done to our planet, to say STOP we can’t go any further than this. But after a few month of strangling the worlds economy, priority changes once again and the hope for a more sustainable way of life slowly fades away…

But not our will to fight and do everything possible to change, we can’t afford it. We need to protect what we love, giving up is not an option.

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