Until we atone for our irresponsibility towards the Earth and commit to dealing with climate change, these weather catastrophes will continue. They are products of our recklessness as a species, and a wake-up call to all of us.
– Marianne Williamson
August 29, 2017
August 29, 2017
Related Off-site Links:
1,200 Dead; Up to 41 Million Affected in Asian Flooding – Andy Rowell (Common Dreams, August 31, 2017).
Hurricane Harvey Is Already the Worst Rainstorm in U.S. History, and It’s Still Raining – Eric Holthaus (Grist, August 28, 2017).
Harvey, the Storm That Humans Helped Create – David Leonhardt (The New York Times, August 29, 2017).
South Asia Is Also Experiencing the Worst Flooding in Decades, and the Photos Are Horrifying – Anup Kaphle (BuzzFeed, August 29, 2017).
Indian Prime Minister Modi Says Flood-hit People Getting Aid, Blames Climate Change – Nita Bhalla (Reuters, July 31, 2017).
Houston Mosques Are Opening Up as 24-hour Shelters for Harvey Victims – Samuel Osborne (Independent, August 29, 2017).
Just Before Harvey, Trump Admin Revoked Rules Requiring New Infrastructure to be Climate Resilient – Democracy Now! (August 29, 2017).
Climate Change and the Social Contract: How Our Choices Lead to Predictable Tragedies – Mridula Ramesh (FirstPost, August 20, 2017).
Ex-NASA Scientist James Hansen: There Is a Clear Link Between Climate Change and Stronger Hurricanes – Democracy Now! (August 30, 2017).
Hell Hath No Fury Like Mother Earth Scorned – Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan (Common Dreams, August 31, 2017).
Above: Hurricane Harvey's aftermath: a Houston street on Monday, August 28, 2017. (Photo: Scott Dalton/New York Times)
Above: A woman wades through a flooded village in the eastern state of Bihar, India August 22, 2017. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)
Above: People wait in a line to collect drinking water from a municipal tanker at a flooded residential colony in Ahmedabad, India – July 29, 2017. (Photo: Amit Dave/Reuters)
Above: Ofelia Castro leads her grandchildren across a flooded street as they continue an hours long trek from their flooded house in the Edgewood area of South Houston to a relatives apartment miles away. (Image:Robert Gauthier via Getty Images)
Above: People wade along a flood area in Birgunj Parsa district, 200 kilometres south of Kathmandu on Sunday, August 27. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
Above: Indian one-horned rhinoceroses wade through flood waters at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam. (Photo: Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images)
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• The People's Climate Solidarity March – Minneapolis, 4/29/17
• Signs of the Times
• Earth Day 2017
• "It Is All Connected"
• Standing Together
• Standing in Prayer and Solidarity with the Water Protectors of Standing Rock
• A Record High
• Prayer of the Week – April 24, 2017
• Earth Day 2015
• Quote of the Day – September 19, 2014
• Something to Think About – April 22, 2014
• The Paris Climate Talks, Multilateralism, and a "New Approach to Climate Action"
• Superstorm Sandy: A "Wake-Up Call" on Climate Change
Opening image: Houston, August 28, 2017. (Photo: Richard Carson/Reuters)
Says Marianne Williamson on her Facebook page:
"I am from Houston. Born and raised there, as was my mother. I lived through Hurricane Carla as a child, and my mother's house was destroyed by one of the floods a few years ago. But these monster storms like Harvey are of a different reality. They used to be called "hundred years storms," yet now conditions are such that they are likely to occur much more often. And how many of these could a city like Houston take in a row? I hope you will read this article. It's very important we deal with what's happening here. There will be all kinds of groups who try to distract us from this reality, as they always do. But nature is speaking loudly."
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