What would it be like to lose everything? Thousands of people right now are experiencing a living nightmare, helpless as everything they've ever known is lost beneath stagnant flood waters.
Out of this despair, ongoing relief efforts give us hope, and it's amazing to see people rally together to help their fellow man. But I can't help thinking, this isn't supposed to happen. Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Irene. Hurricane Rita. Hurricane Harvey. And now, Hurricane Irma, the next in a long line of increasingly devastating storms.
I'm continuing to donate to Houston relief efforts -- here are a few to get started: @fundsfordisaster @feedingtexas and @americanhumane (because Houston animals need help too!). I apologize for the rant; I'm just so sick of dire scientific evidence being politicized and ignored... These disasters will not only continue but will exponentially increase in intensity if we don't do something to address the cause. This isn't about me, my political affiliations, or whomever sits in office. This is about the next generation and each generation after that.
To quote a wise friend: "If only there was a clear, measurable, and reversible cause to the increase in major hurricanes. But no... our only recourse is to quietly beg the invisible man in the sky for mercy from this completely bizarre phenomenon of which we have zero understanding." - @druczhak
Praying will not save us; but strong action (based on measurable scientific evidence) just might.