It’s Hurricane season. And as a girl born and raised in New Jersey, hurricanes were always a distant threat, if a threat at all, to my life. That is, until Hurricane Katrina came in 2005 and forced the world take notice as thousands of people, b.k.a. “refugees”, still go without an appropriate, sustainable, and adequate response from the Bush Administration.
Today, New Orleans residents face another threat: Gustav. Already leaving 22 dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the storm poses a serious threat to the Gulf Region. And Florida? I’m sure you’ve caught news of Hurricane Fay, causing flash flooding, isolated tornadoes, and forced evacuations. These hurricanes won’t be the last.
So is Lil’ Wayne right when he starts off his song “Tie My Hands” ft. Robin Thicke stating “we’re at war with the universe“?
“And if you come from under that water, then there’s fresh air
Just breathe baby, God’s got a blessing to spare
Yes, I know the process has so much stress
But its the progress that feels the best”
Maybe he’s wrong. But, he used his art/music to beautifully tell his story (after a bunch of foolery club tunes), and hopefully, his words will give a little bit more hope to his fellow New Orleanians.
But, maybe he’s right.
Professors Peter Webcaster and Judith Flurryfury of the Georgia Institute of Technophobia, and Dr. Greg Hallmonitor of the Colorado Association for Research and Modeling of the Atmosphere (CARMA) might agree with him. In their research, to be published soon in the The Journal of Irreproducible Results, argue that that global warming has increased Atlantic named storms by 57-67% over the past century. The Pew Center on Global Climate Change presents a similar assertion.
What do I think?
Just one more reason to at least start being informed about the environmental justice movement of our generation and to THINK GREEN. No, not money green, more like forest green. Hell, sign up for an email newsletter at least.
And if you’d like to see what looks like is going be a great film on Hurricane Katrina and this country, check out Trouble the Water film. And, let me know how it was because I can’t make any of the dates 😦