When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, it translated into a moment of empathy for most Americans. Worldwide we saw images of desolation, strife and dehumanizing conditions. We pledged millions of dollars to stave off the ultimate loss of life that would surely take place if we did not assist our fellow citizens of Starship Earth.Yet a year later, little has changed. Like our response to Katrina, it seems to be too little too late.
I am amazed at satellite images of this relatively small island, split down the middle by an imaginary boundary. The West end of the island is called the Dominican Republic and at least from space, it looks a bit like Eden. The slopes of their mountains are forested and rivers run clear to the sea through a pastoral landscape. What strikes people who look at the landscape on a larger scale is that on the other side of this man-made split, the East side of the island, is denuded, brown and dusty. Riverbanks cleave from the heart of the landscape, washing away fields and soil because the French deforested the country before they granted it independence.
We need to continue to bear witness to the suffering that Haitians are going through and we need to commit to changing their country from the ground up. ECO-Tours of Wisconsin is asking for your help in turning the tide of continuing environmental catastrophe. We are pledging to reach out to Haitians in ways that can lead them back to a sustainable future. Doing what we do best, through planting native trees. Just as we work locally in the landscape, rebuilding soil and encouraging native species to flourish and coaxing life from waste land, we want to share our expertise and goodwill with our neighbors of this island nation. If you would like to contribute to our relief efforts, please contact us at: tnsaladino(forty-two)@ hotmail.com Remember, each and every tree is a reflection of hope for the future.
Blessed Be, Tony