“Still, we must help those who seek help. In my travels in East Africa and the Eastern DRC I met local people, local leaders who deserved our help.
We can either throw our arms up and say it's not our problem. Or we can try to do something about it. I would rather be on the side of those who try to advance civilization. We are one planet, indivisible, and what happens in the DRC affects us all in some way.”
trouble4 on Nov 28, 2011 at 18:07:53
“You will find people that need help any where you travel including the US. I'm sorry but the US needs to take care of the trillion dollars in deficits, problems with Medicare, and Social Security, joblessness and the mentally ill before wading off into another debacle that would last decades.
In the days of Harry Truman, his philosophy was the first source of aid should come from charities and private donations.”
“Greater efficiency in the use of wood and charcoal is one area where meaningful improvements can be rapidly made at a very low cost.
The technology exists and significant programs are/were already under way in the fields of alternative biofuels, improved cookstove technology, more energy-efficient kilns, and sustainable biomass briquettes. The coordinated leveraging of this experience would not only directly benefit the energy-starved people of Port-au-Prince, it will also have a positive impact on the rest of the country’s urban and rural population. Even the forests of the neighboring Dominican Republic will benefit from Haiti’s reduced pressure on it’s timber resources.
Our hope is that the Haitian and international officials set to discuss the short, medium, and long-term reconstruction efforts in Haiti will seriously take into consideration the tremendous opportunity that is at hand when it comes to improving energy efficiency for Haiti’s energy poor. By harnessing existing experience and setting out clear policies, the Haitian people and their government can become a model for the sustainable and efficient use of biomass as primary domestic fuel.
What's more turning Haiti into a model would greatly benefit many Sub-Saharan countries who are facing similar enviro and energy problems.