Who Will Speak for the Trees? Haiti

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-6-19-23-pm The New York Times had an interesting piece, Who Will Speak for Haiti’s Trees, on the heels of the devastating Hurricane Matthew. The author looks at the history of deforestation and the obstacles of reforestation, compounded by pressing economic issues.

Here’s a clip:

“In fact, about a third of Haiti is covered in trees, and many areas with little forestation have always been that way. But the country does have a deforestation problem — it’s just more complicated than the world imagines. In the wake of the devastating hurricane, with crops destroyed across the country, Haitians urgently need help rebuilding homes and securing access to water and food. But this is a crucial moment to push for a serious, longer-term response to deforestation, which worsens the flooding caused by hurricanes and storms. A first step is to stop portraying the problem of deforestation in simple, misleading terms. Haiti’s rural populations are not culprits or victims, but key players in the project of reversing deforestation.”

One thought on “Who Will Speak for the Trees? Haiti

  1. Solomon Furious Worlds

    After reading the source piece, and this one, I noticed a common problem that comes with mining the land’s resources. When an activity becomes commonplace and, in turn, fueling the economy, it will continue. Deforestation however, also hurts the economy by exacerbating already worsening floods. The problem, too many, has also become too simplified for it to be truly effective. People see these problems as run of the mill when this is the first time in recorded history that humans have had to deal with problems like this on a massive scale.

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