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Dumb and Dumber: Foregrounding Climate Justice from Harvey to Haiti’s Matthew


Dumb and Dumber: Foregrounding Climate Justice from Harvey to Haiti’s Matthew

Jessica Hsu, Mark Schuller

Yes, to not ask questions about climate change is indeed dumb, as Senator Sanders pointed out.

It is dumber to not also question the current global economic system and policies perpetuating racial inequalities. The conversation must shift toward climate justice.


I agree as do people involved with climate action now. ! Yes, global warming is real as scientists have indicated, and not only that many times climate injustice exists as well such as when richer countries exploit poorer ones in order to get their needs met such as fuel, and water.


When Haiti got hit by that storm, the US military came to “help.” They closed the port and the airport to all non-military traffic. Ships could not enter port to discharge food and other supplies. Some went to the Dominican Republic where they offloaded their goods, which went through DR inspections, then border inspections at the Haitian border, then across damaged roads up into Haiti, where all the cargo handling equipment was restricted to military use, so most had to be hand carried and delivered.
*Doctors Without Borders flew in a fully equipped Hospital, but were not allowed to land the plane at the airport in Haiti. They had to fly to the Dominican Republic airport, then do the same thing the cargo ships had to go through. It caused an enormous delay in medical care in Haiti.
*Of course, in a wet, storm damaged island where many, if not most, of the housing was destroyed, no potable water, no sanitary facilities, very little food, diseases began to spread, including Cholera. There was little food to eat and much of that was contaminated.
*But, “By God, we had lots of well equipped troops in the streets to make sure there was no looting and that nobody could move around without permission!”
*The Haitians got even less help than the victims of Katrina. Much of the help they get, even today, is from Doctors and Nurses that take their vacations or arrange some leave so they can go down and treat these people, mostly at their own expense.
*The US government is broken and the orange turd is doing his best to stomp whatever is left into the mud. We the People need to do some serious housecleaning, soon, or we will find ourselves in the same state as the other third world countries that we have exploited and victimized in the name of power and profit.


And of course, the cholera was introduced by the UN who refused to take responsibility.