Stories That Put Vacations Into Perspective
‘A million hit by island’s worst crisis since tsunami’ says today’s Independent newspaper. ‘Sri Lanka is battling to confront widescale monsoon flooding that has affected more than one million people and which the government says is second only to the 2004 tsunami in terms of the devastation it has caused. Around 30,000 troops are struggling to get aid and emergency supplies to the worst-hit areas, where up to 325,000 people have been forced from their homes. So far, the death toll stands at 23.’
It makes me fel ashamed for bitching about my messed-up vacation. There are mudslides in Rio and parts of Brisbane are underwater. But nobody could agree on anything at the Global Warming Summit (those who could get their because of the adverse weather conditions) because weird weather and GW aren’t related, are they?
Any more than gun control and killing sprees are related in Arizona (where, by the way, residents are demanding looser gun controls so that ‘everyone can protect themselves with firearms’ – yesterday’s jaw-dropping press headlines).
But the freezing weather conditions in Britain this year have been proven to be a direct effect of global warming.
Against all this there’s the determination, dignity and sheer bravery of Australians and Sri Lankans who went out to help each other as much as they could. One Sri Lankan told me ‘Every morning the people in my village look at Buddha and remember the peace in our hearts that makes us treat others with respect and kindness.’
Even he might have met his match in the god-fearing gun nuts of Arizona.