With natural disasters on the rise, we see more untimely deaths.
With media around us all the time, we have become quite involved in other folks’ deaths and their family’s process of grief. From a simple like on a friend’s dear departed photo post to writing our own posts to vent and honor on the timeline of friends that passed away, the internet keeps us connected. Modern mementos like funeral photos, memes, open conversations about death have become common place in our timelines. Sober reminders that our loved ones have passed and that one day, we will too.
Another aspect of modern times which we see with more frequency in our timelines is natural disasters. With the rise of climate change and the unsettling scientific statistics that inform us that we do not have much longer to turn the entirety of humanity around and find sustainability or face consequences. Now.
We been through too many snowstorms, hurricanes, tropical storms, tsunamis and the like, too many people have been lost not just to the first impact of these freak of nature climatic events but to the devastation that they leave in their paths, people die of hunger and thirst and exposure, even generations after suffer poor health both physical and mental after such traumatic events.
The devastation that a system like capitalism leaves on those most vulnerable people affected always goes unaccounted for. We do not need look further than the gentrification of NOLA, the opportunistic grab for cheap land in Puerto Rico and the fiasco that the Red Cross created after stealing donation moneys meant to rebuild Haiti.
These are all examples of environmental racism.
This week among many tragic deaths, accidents and killings a story shook me to the core, during the Alabama tornado a child was lost. The headlines are everywhere on the internet, all over tv, I cannot imagine the grief those parents felt, the impotence of losing a loved one against nature. It is hard to work through the stages of grief when your beef is (in my experience) a river.
Appalled I watch the sorry excuse for president we have signing Bibles while he visited a memorial to the lives lost.
No real empathy for these folks, they were but a photo moment for this man. He brought no relief for their suffering (at least he did not throw paper towels at them like he did in Puerto Rico) and indeed he will continue to push his disgusting capitalist agenda, selling off and grinding down our Earth even more, polluting and creating the conditions necessary for even more natural disasters to arrive at our doors.
In the midst of this suffering a beautiful gesture came from our relatives The Poarch Band of Creek Indians offered to pay the funeral and burial costs of all of the 23 people lost to this tornado. Once again showing us that the Keepers and Protectors of these Lands, the First Nation Peoples know how to care for the people of this country, in stark contrast to the illegitimate US government and their puppet dictator.